I am excited to go back to some basics right now. I never had a formal art education as I studied fashion design and while we had life drawing, studied textiles, color, prints and many other things - the focus was on fashion design and illustration. It was a great education for what it was - but for illustration for children's books, games, and more - it is lacking. I am thrilled to have been able to help fund the Schoolism Kickstarter and gain access to the lessons they have there taught by uber-pros in the industry for an amazing price. In the meantime, I have been doing Noah Bradley's Art Bootcamp 1st lesson which includes Value Studies, Master Studies, Color Studies. I have a ton to learn and not sure where I am going to find the time - but I will. I must! I have also been playing around with a more painterly style. Here is one that I have started - and it took me forever (well actually 4 days) but that is way longer than I am used to spending on my work. I want to slow down and create better work, work I am really excited to share. Because my time is always so limited, working after my full-time job, I always feel such pressure to create and 'get it done'. The problem is rushing to get it done - hasn't been garnering the results I had hoped for, both from a getting gigs perspective and a personal satisfaction perspective. So time to just chill, learn, have fun, and take risks. Here is one I did recently. Would love to hear your feedback.
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”
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