Thursday, March 09, 2006
Progress Report Feb/March
I have been crazy busy lately, so I guess thats a good thing. I posted last month about my progress and where I am going with this whole "getting back into the illustration world" thing, and I forgot to get something posted at the end of February. So here I am, posting for Feb. and the first part of March.
I did meet my goal of doubling my sketch time last month. If I wasn't sketching, I was busy working on a computer based piece of artwork, or cutting stencils for some of my acid etched glass artwork. It was a good month for getting stuff done. I didn't miss a single Illustration Friday, and I have been enjoying the creative channels IF has opened for me. I continued to check out other artists blogs, and I have made a few new friends in the process. Hopefully I have inspired a few of you as much as you have inspired me- this bloggin' thing is great!
I didn't meet my goal of getting a website together of my artwork last month. Why? Well, sadly enough I was scared to add another monthly expense to my large list of exisiting ones. Pretty ridiculous I know! I am gonna get that thing going this month for sure.
I am happy to say that I going to continue focusing my efforts on using Adobe Illustrator for a lot of my work. I have really been enjoying it lately, and I am trying to take it to some new levels, really pushing the envelope with it. I will continue to do traditional drawing, as I love that far too much to give it up, but I am planning on spending a lot of time with the computer the next little while. I am currently working on a reproduction of an old Dracula horror movie poster, and it is coming along nicely, hope to be done soon so you can all check it out. I am also planning on releasing a series of my own horror movie poster designs... I have a few ideas going and I am working on the first one, so it should be fun to see the end result. Hopefully I can offer some prints for sale, we'll have to see how it all works out.
I was able to spend an afternoon with my good friend Garth Bruner and his family last week. Hadn't seen Garth for about 4 or 5 years, so it was very inspiring to hang out with him again. Our kids all got along well too! It is really cool to have artist friends that I can show my ideas and my work to, and Garth and I go way back, so it was fun to talk with him about different creative projects we are working on. If you haven't seen Garth's work, do yourself a favor and hop on over to his blog... The link is to the right.
So, what's in store for March? What do I need to be doing? Well, I have GOT to get my art in front of the right people. I really need to get that website built so I can send potential clients to check out my work. Another good friend of mine hired me last month to design a t-shirt for him, which I did... my first paying job of the year in the freelance world! Cool! My friend also had someone contact him looking for someone to illustrate a children's book (yeah, I know I tend to do horror art, but believe it or not I can do kid's stuff too!) and is sending him my way. Guess I better get something besides my horror art on the site as well. If I don't get a website up and running soon, someone needs to smack me upside the head.
Lots more artwork is on the way... the creativity is far from dead! Here are a couple happy little creatures from my sketchbook....Many many more are lined up, waiting to be released from that warehouse in my brain!