To go with my resolution to illustrate more, I decided I would do Illustration Friday. This weeks theme is "spark". I hoping to make this sketch into a finished work illustration as well as a pattern. I am aiming to finish it sometime this week! Time to have fun messing around with materials.
March 7, 2014
I just recently became a fan of Cathy McMurray’s work. I was looking through several random landscape searches on google when her work caught my eye. So much so I had to look her up right away (I get side track easily) to see what the rest of work looked like. I have to tell you, I was excited about how she handles the blend of landscapes and patterns.
Isn't her work amazing? And all of it is hand painted.
March 5, 2014
— Ralph Waldo Emerson (attrib.)
I am excited to announce every month I'll be illustrating a quote! I was inspired by this quote in the last couple of weeks as I work on my change in jobs. Hopefully, this will inspire you as well.
March 3, 2014
The last couple of days I been doodling for the 4 Gentleman Project (their a bit rough & thrown together). The project is something I been working on so I can play with patterns and textile design. I got the idea when I took a Chinese brush painting class last summer. The first thing I learn was to paint these four flowers:
I am a huge fan of brush paintings, but I am bad at it (like super bad). So I decided to turn the idea on its head and do it in my own way. I am excited to see how this will turn out!
Goal: Have eight pieces. Four patterns and four individual illustrations for each flower. Make it fun and whimsical.
End Pieces: Pillows.
February 28, 2014
This month I would like to talk about the struggle of finding your own creative voice. It's one of the hardest things an artist has to do in their career: finding a voice that is uniquely theirs. And it's a struggle that is near and dear to my heart.
There are lots of different artist in this world. It's why I love social media, I can search through pages and pages of artist. But then the question is: where do you fit into all of this? Right? I mean there are so many talented people out there, what do you do?
Have courage! Yep that's it, well and personal instinct. But that's all you need. I have read through the jungle of "How to Find Your Creative Voice Tutorials". Many suggest you take all your influences and put them together, then there you go that's your "creative voice." I hate to say it, but that's not how it works!
What you need to do is analyze your influences not copy. You don't want to be just like the artist you admire, because you'll just be a copy. And you will always live with stereotype of "you mean that artist whose work looks like ______." (fill in your favorite artist name into the blank).
Instead find time to be alone with your work, take up your courage, and draw what your instincts tell you! That's your style. Most importantly that is who you are.
Those who have great courage change the world! Fight through that huge jungle in your mind and win the creative voice that is yours!