Friday, September 26, 2008

New ACEO - Kamera Kat

DefaultArtist over at Shuttercal gave me the idea to make some characters out of cameras. Ask and you shall receive!!!
(I will put this one in the shop once I have a couple of friends to go with it :D)

Collage, pencil, biro and letter transfer.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Etsy Shop Now OPEN!!!

FINALLY, I set up my Etsy Shop and it is now open for business!!! Click the gadget in my profile bar on the right to check it out. It will house all my prints and original art (including ACEOs) as I try to make some grocery money from what I love to do most: DOODLE!

I've been wanting to set up a shop for months now and my procrastination has finally come to an end and my art is now up for sale. Have a look now and if you have the means, please make a donation to my 'Beans on Toast' fund :)

First things up for sale are these orignal ACEOs (not prints!) I made inspired by the lovebirds I made a few days ago. Edit: SOLD!!!
(And there also limited prints of the puddle jumper I made for my own amusment a couple of weeks back).

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Collage, pencil, biro.

I'm excited!
Much love to ya'll!!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Illustration Friday - Clique

A clique ... of two ... too sappy?

EDIT: Thanks for the comments! I have now put this up on my RedBubble site and Etsy Shop to be purchased as a card or print.

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Illustrator and Photoshop.

People Exercises

More people and bits of people culled from fashion blogs. The last one I did in Biro instead of ink but I think I like the BLACK black of ink better. I also tried not to cut the feet off by starting from the bottom but ended up monging up her head. C'est la vie! And the third one is Erin Wasson so the bobble-head is not my mistake, that's actually what she looks like (... is that getting personal? Fine, she doesn't look like that and she is very original and creative as well okay?).

I have a very short attention span and already find myself getting bored doing these. But I want to gain some patience and discipline so I'll stick with doing these for a while (or at least until I finish this sketchbook! only 10 or so pages left HA!).

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Pencil, Bic Biro, Black Rollerball and Derwent Studios.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Fashion-y Peoples

I hate drawing real people. And as I said before, I hate making messes of my sketchbook pages. What to do but tackle both of these complexes with one stone???

Right now I'm in love with the work of Igor+Andre, a super talented illustrator (who is like 4 years younger than me!!! ARGH!!!) from across the Pacific.
Taking a cue from his fashion obsession, I'm doing quick(ish) sketches of people culled from random fashion blogs I stumbled across when I was getting paid to surf the internet. Each of these images I sketched out in pencil, then added ink and then coloured over in Derwents. Overall the process seems to take about 40 minutes at A5 size (the scribbles in the top left corners are my nerd calculations), I can't seem to do it any faster than that even though I'm trying to work as loose as I can.

Below are my first three experiments. I feel this style (loose, dynamic, slightly messy) with a little more refinement is more representative of MY style which I'm still trying to figure out. Illustrators are more marketable if they can be easily categorised yes? But then I like cutesy, pretty, silly, cartoony stuff too hmmm ...

From the left:
Experiment #1: Facial disaster! Rather overzealous with the pen ...
Experiment #2: My fav of this bunch.
Experiment #3: What? A man? With a pinhead? You jest!

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HB Pencil, Black Rollerball, Derwent Studio Pencils.

Well as long as no more turn out like the first axe murderer/cannibal I think I could grow to like this enough to make it a regular drawing exercise.

Illustration Friday - Island

No man is an island.
But what about a lazy pig adrift?

Quickie in Photoshop

Probably needs a background ... any suggestions?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

EDM (Day 26) - #5 & #6

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6 challenges in 26 days? Oops :P

EDM #5 - My Bed
Going for a looser drawing. Put this off for ages because fabric folds intimidate me (and drawing a made bed would just be too easy! Not to mention extremely staged since we make our bed about once a month ...). Scaling and angles went a bit crazy the further the sheets were from me (yes, I was lying in bed! Any excuse really!). My excuse is that I'm not supposed to wear my glasses for close things (reading, computer work) but I can't see far away enough to draw from life! Yes ...

EDM# 6 - Well-loved object
Took me a while to think of what to draw as I don't have any childhood things lying around this rental apartment. Finally I decided on the oven mitt which has been one of the most useful purchases I've made for this household! So far I think this is my favourite EDM Challenge sketch, I quite like how the shading turned out. Ah Progess, nice to meet you.

And a little something extra: I'm a little too precious with my blank pages, I want everything to be a masterpiece and haven't quite come to terms with the meaning of a 'SKETCHbook'. So I went for a superfast explosion of people I liked on The Sartorialist. I chose them mostly because of something in their expression. I really like his photos too :) although I am the furthest from fashion conscious a person can possibly be.

Happy drawing everyone!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Jumping in Puddles

Had this girl in my head for a while, thought I'd finally finish her today.

EDIT: Now available as a limited edition digital print at my Etsy Shop :) Click here to purchase.

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Sketchbook Pro and Photoshop

Thursday, September 11, 2008

CGTalk DSF - Stargazer

The quality of stuff on CGTalk is so insane it's intimidated me to not participate pretty much every day I lurk there. But everyone must start somewhere and I really need to stop this laziness.
I'm still very iffy with starting from scratch in Photoshop. I still feel I would have more control with pen and paper. So what else is there but practise practise practise!!! (When will I learn?)

I tried more for atmosphere in this one. Other than the idea, there is nothing else that I like about this - the background is too unclarified and his legs and feet are simply bizarre.

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Photoshop in about 40 mins.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Out of Controller Exhibition

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Was the Out of Controller exhibition opening at FAD Gallery last night! Was VERY hot and the quality of the works was a little 50/50 but it was a bit of a kick to see an image of mine framed and on a wall! My illustration is priced at $600 (!!!) so if anyone is in Melbourne and wants to help me make up the cost of framing and entry I would be very grateful hahaha ... no ... really ...

Juan's piece won 3rd Prize!!! Therefore we now have a Nintendo DS in da house!!! Oh yeah! It came with all the accessories as well including the Mario lunch box travel pack and a total of 8 styluses. Go Juan!!!

And as a final hurrah, we also won a Mario kite as a door prize which is awesome as I've never flown a kite before and it's high time I think I did ... now just to find some wind.

Exhibition info (Juan's and my names are in the 2nd column :). My piece amongst the others (Bottom centre with a big head in front of it). Juan's piece among others (top right).

Me and my illustration. Me and Yoshi :). Juan and LOADS of swag hahaha.

Until the next competition!!!