Here is a crazy mouse for my post today. I thought I would throw in a little creepiness to counteract all the sugary sweet stuff I've been doing lately.
Actually, there will be a huge amount of more cutie pie drawings coming down the pike soon. I have been trying to decide for a while on a particular major personal project to begin before summer gets done. I want to have it all planned out so that I can work on it during the fall and winter and hopefully be finished before next summer. I think I have finally settled on the project and am beginning to plot out the stages that will need to be completed. I am seriously considering a kickstarter campaign in the future to fund the self publishing of the project. More news on that will certainly be coming on this blog.
I've been exploring other artists online lately and have found a few that I really like. I want to share a couple here.
Wylie Beckert I came across her stuff on Pinterest and really liked it. Then I read some of her blog posts and they led me to another female artist named Kelley McMorris. Who also has a great little blog. While I was exploring these two ladies, I ended up looking at a link for a convention one of them had been to recently. I believe the convention was in Pennsylvania and was named Illuxcon or something like that. The neat thing was when I read the description of the convention. It said it was for "Imaginative Artists and Illustrators". This phrase really stood out to me. I loved it. I'll tell you why.
Growing up, there was a certain kind of art I was drawn to. I didn't have a name for it, but when I went to college and studied art, I was disappointed to find that no paths led there from here. In college there were two kinds of art. Fine art, and graphic design (aka commercial art). Basically art for art's sake and art for a purpose. Although at the time graphic design seemed to be only about typography and photo placement, I was directed to study it anyway because there were no career options otherwise. I later found that there were very few career options regardless in this area. (I did learn many useful things during those years but that's another story) It seems the kind of art that made me love art in the first place was something I would be forever separated from.
15 years after graduation...I finally know how to get there from here. The sad part is, had I known then what I know now, I would have spent the past 15 years getting better at my craft. Instead I foundered due to lack of hope or direction.
The world has changed a lot in 15 years. Many of the new possibilities weren't even a thing yet at that time. I have to toss the regrets aside and assume everything has had it's perfect timing. In today's world of technology, I am no longer held back by geography. (well, not completely)
Thanks for stopping by. I'm a published illustrator working on getting better every day. My goal for my work is for it to be charming, bright and endearing. I share my ongoing work progress online because I welcome all the encouragement and feedback I can get as I try to improve my skills. I currently have a children's book project that I am nearing the end of.