I’m working on a 32-page origin story for Tom & Gibson. I started with small thumbnails on graph paper, which I’m now fleshing out more in Photoshop.
Once I get the story to flow exactly how I want, I’ll move on to full-page sketches. That’s all for this work-in-progress Wednesday. Have a great week!
Today I’d like to share a work in progress. I still need to color it, but here is a rare view inside the Squirrel Intelligence Agency – tucked inside a tall oak tree, of course.
For finished artwork, please check out my illustration page.
That’s all for now. I hope you’re having a great week! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Good news: I managed to work on something new this week!
It turns out drawing walrus people is way more fun than drawing normal people. Who knew? I have some plans for these two. More coming soon. :)
I’m happy to say that I’ve finally chipped away at the synopsis of my graphic novel. I’ve heard people bemoan writing these before, and they’re right. It’s a little painful to sum up 160 pages in 500 – 600 words. It also feels a tad robotic. But I’m doing the best I can! If it sucks, my critique group will steer me in the right direction. 🙂
Since sharing my synopsis would be boring, and I don’t want to share any spoilers , you get more collage! Haha! This collage side project is super fun though. I think these two pieces are my favorite so far.
I came across some notebooks during my continued cleaning and sorting efforts and found droves of old song lyrics (some better than others…heh) that never made it into any of my songs. I thought it’d be interesting to use snippets of these lyrics as collage elements. Here’s the first attempt.
Well, that’s all for now! Hopefully I have something aside from collage to share with you next week, but no guarantees. 🙂
Welcome to WIP (Work in Progress) Wednesday. I should be showing you art (that I haven’t made yet…) for my graphic novel project. But instead, I’m going to share my new-found love of collage with you. What?! I know… I’m confused about it too.
So, I’m not sure what instigated this collage frenzy. Maybe it was all the cleaning and sorting of art supplies during my recent move (I found so much cool stuff I’ve saved over the years thinking, “I could make something with that!”) Maybe it was the awesome heavy-stock glossy booklet sample I got from work that is just begging to be filled. Or maybe I’m anxious about working on my graphic novel and dabbling with something that’s purely play and essentially uneditable is refreshing.
I’ve mentioned this in the past (probably to make myself feel better about a different random side project!), but I still love it. Austin Kleon touts the importance of side projects and productive procrastination:
“I think it’s good to have a lot of projects going at once so you can bounce between them. When you get sick of one project, move over to another, and when you’re sick of that one, move back to the project you left. Practice productive procrastination.” – Austin Kleon in Steal Like an Artist
So maybe this collage phase isn’t all bad…?
P.S. Despite what appears to be a current lack of focus, I soaked up tons of inspiration and knowledge at SCBWI’s Wild Wild Midwest Conference a few weeks ago. I shared a few highlights here.
I’ve been hard at work on a manuscript and sample art for a 160-page graphic novel. I’m really excited to share the front and back cover with you today!
The idea for this book sprouted from a couple illustrations I did of impostor squirrel several months ago. Since then, it’s grown into a full-blown story with an eclectic cast of characters. Here’s the pitch:
JAMES BOND meets MADAGASCAR with a mockumentary twist in COGNITO SANCHEZ – a graphic novel series for kids ages 8 to 12.
I’m taking this illustration with me to SCBWI’s Wild Wild Midwest Conference this weekend. I can’t wait to hang out with my fellow writer and illustrator friends and soak up more industry knowledge. I’m on the hook to write a conference recap post for the SCBWI-Wisconsin Chapter’s blog, so more on the conference coming soon!
Since I’m not ready to share the thing I’m currently working on, I thought I’d share this blast from the past. Thanks to some recent cleaning efforts, I stumbled across this illustration I did about 5 years ago and thought to myself, “Huh, I actually like this thing I spent a bunch of time on and then stashed in a drawer.”
So, in short, cleaning and organizing stuff sucks (at least to me!), but finding things you like is nice. I hope you find some things you like today – without even having to clean anything. 🙂
My friend Abby is starting a very cool rooftop farm in Milwaukee, and she hired me to create a logo and artwork for her new business venture. I’m excited to share the following branding pieces!
The logo features a hand-drawn font that gives a nod to the DIY, local and sustainable values of urban farming. The farm will not only feature vegetable plants and flowers, but also chickens! Hence the official Up on the Farm mascot: CC the chicken. 🙂
I can’t wait to see Abby’s vision for Up on the Farm come to life in downtown Milwaukee! Learn more here.
I’m taking a new approach to a commissioned illustration project. I’m drawing each piece separately and then assembling it in Photoshop. Why? Well, I’ve done some assembly before (on an as-needed, less-planned basis) and it’s worked well. And even though it might be a little more work up front, this way I’ll have more control over editing: sizing, placement, future tweaks, etc. And I’d have the flexibility to easily use different parts of the illustration in future images.
Right now it looks pretty random, but soon it will be one cohesive image. Final imagery coming soon!
Hi! I know… it’s been a while. I’ve been a bit distracted from regular posting due to a chaotic December followed by a an influx of shiny new project ideas.
Soon, I hope to share artwork from a new graphic novel project and a freelance logo project I’m working on. Right now I’m knee-deep in concepts that simply aren’t ready show yet. So instead, I’m getting back on the blog wagon with a blast from the past. This is a piece I did 6-ish years ago. I guess you could call it a surreal, abstract, mixed-media piece. I used markers, pens and pencil.
As a result of my shiny new idea syndrome, my NaNoWriMo novel will be marinating for a while – which I think is ok. I’m hoping it’ll give me a fresh perspective when I return to it. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to sharing my new projects as they come to fruition.
Happy belated 2016! I hope your creative projects – new and old – are evolving in exciting new ways.