News - November 2018

General / 30 November 2018

This November was packed with new stuff. Coming off Inktober, I had the opportunity to re-evaluate my goals and focus going forward. Over the last year, I have further narrowed what kind of illustration I want to produce and with that, a list of what I need to work on emerged. I am going back to basics and going into the new year, I’ll heavily be focused on learning new techniques and foundational illustration practices that will allow me to make more and faster. 

I began with a strong focus on concept art. I want to be able to design and draw characters faster than I am able to now. I want to be able to increase my output of concept ideas so that more of my thoughts end up coming out rather than put aside for later. In the past, this part of the process rarely made it to my social media, but looking forward, I think people would want to see these stages and I’ll be throwing much more of it online.

Aside from the foundational stuff, I have also been working on more commission type work this month. I created a podcast graphic for the Letters to Myself Podcast my friend Elden creates. 

I have also been working on, and am still finalizing a new graphic for Boucho who has asked me for several works in the past to accompany his music. 

I got some huge news from my tech job this year which is that we will not be flexing up to full time this January which gives me back a whole month of the year I wouldn’t have to create as much. I plan to utilize this opportunity to make things I can print, to make things I can put on apparel, to make things for YOU to get your hands on and love as much as I love making them. Big big plans for the new year and December is the lead into that. Stay tuned, friends!

News - October 2018

News / 24 October 2018

There are several big updates this month, beginning with October's dedicated project, Inktober! I participated in Inktober 2017 and had a great time so I figured I would do it again this year. Last time around, I set some parameters for myself including doing all the drawings in the same little moleskin sketchbook, and using black watercolor to shade. I had a good time with it, but this year I decided on fewer restrictions.

This time around, I did not limit myself to a sketchbook, which was a good call because the booklet last year was too small and the paper  too thin. I'm doing it on regular 8.5x11 in. copy paper now and feel much better about the lack of size limitation. Another key focus this year was creating a set of characters or subjects that could exist as part of a greater world yet to be created. I wanted to use the daily drawing prompts to conceptualize and create a quick character sketch around each daily theme. Of course, I did have to limit myself on time as October is one of the most busy non-art months for me so each drawing is generally completed in about 2 hours from concept to posting it online. I am now in the last week stretch of Inktober and have loved the feedback and seeing other artist's drawings. I feel Inktober will end up being an annual tradition for me and that's very exciting!

Follow my Inktober 2018 project on my Instagram page.

In other news, and as you may have noticed, I moved my site from Squarespace to ArtStation and am quite happy with the switch so far. I have changed web hosting providers/sites a few times since I started posting my artwork years ago and each time, I feel like I'm getting closer to fitting a digital portfolio with the type of work I produce. Squarespace was a huge improvement from running and coding a Wordpress site and though it had some deeper limitations, Squarespace did all I needed it to do and well. The setup was easy and features easy to understand. 

The problem was simply with the cost to run the site. Billed annually, Squarespace came to about $12 a month. This included a lot of robust features that I imagine artists and creators in different fields make great use of, but my work did not really utilize. At this point, I don't really sell a lot of physical goods, so the store feature sat idle most of the time, I really only utilized the portfolio page and link aspect of having a "main site" so I felt I was paying for features I did not need.

I considered backing down from a paid portfolio site model for a bit and just running everything off social media, but I do understand and want the value of having a dedicated portfolio to showcase my best work. After a lot of research and consideration, ArtStation Pro ended up being the best fit. Not only was this site created for my field, but annually comes out to $7 a month to do almost everything Squarespace offered that I took advantage of. I still have a great portfolio view, a page displaying all the social media links you would need to follow my work online, and this blog which I want to post news and new projects to. Overall, I think this will fit what I do a lot better and I am quite excited for the future!

The month is almost over, so a new post will be coming soon enough, next month after inktober finishes, I plan to dive right back into digital work and start working on expanding my arsenal by focusing on anatomy and figure drawing. I really think this is the missing piece to unlock a whole new level for my illustration and I am way late to the party. Thanks for checking out this update and I hope to have lots more to share with you soon!