Saturday, November 16, 2013

Folio Academy

I decided to purchase the video about digital illustration in photoshop by Will Terry from the Folio Academy. So far it's been great! I feel like I've gotten way more information then spending it on a photoshop how to book. I've done that before and I'm just on as good about reading and doing the tutorials. I watch the video steps and then try. Pause try and so forth. It does help to have some basic understanding of photoshop. I think there was a beginner course offered. I can't wait to make a full illustration based on the course.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Baby Illustration


Trying to make some new illustration samples.

Real Girls Don't Rust


I'm so excited for my dear friend Kristin Lanett whom I've know for the longest time. Her writing has been included in an anthology. Such a talented writer. Here's a link to purchase a copy on Amazon.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Baseball sketch 2

Doing some sketches on the computer of baseball game.


Friday, September 13, 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013

IF: Lush

Illustration the topic Lush.


Business of Illustration

This was a great video on the business of illustration by Will Terry. Things have changed a great deal in the business. He's honest how you can try to make it in the Biz.


Patrice Barton Interview

I love the work of Patrice Barton. Youtube interviews on how she works.


Friday, July 5, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

Bunnies I heart them


I'm really into drawing bunnies of late and I will have more in the future completed. I'm going to try and do a promo piece postcards with several of these bunny illustrations. In the mean time I'm writing a little poem for a picture book based off of some illustration I did.

IF: Wool


I thought of an illustration I'd done for a Christian children's book. The shepherds are tending their flock of sheep.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

IF: Storm

The theme Storm reminds me of the illustration I did of a storm coming onto the beaches of Tybee, GA. This illustration was done in pastel.

Promos


Everyone has their own way of sending out promotional material to prospective clients. In the past I've had postcards printed and mailed them out or sent out letter size print outs. These days I do things differently. I like something about having more of a hands on involvement with my mailers. I gang my images on letter size doc in InDesign. Then I make a PDF of the pages. Then I go to my local staples to get it printed out in color on premium white paper. I find I just don't get the quality I want off of my own printer. I hand cut the images out. It's not too bad since they are 4up. The images are spray mounted on to cover stock paper that I've used my regular pinter to print my contact info on the back. I feel like the final looks better then the old postcards I sent out. There is hand quality to it and I'm not stuck with way more postcards then I need.

Work changes and evolves and this method allows me more control on the quantity and quality. I make inner envelope by hand from vellum in various colors. I purchased greeting card size envelopes in various colors. It works for my needs. I also will print my business cards on the cover stock to include in my mailer. When I'm doing a mailing of promos I might only have 40-50 prospective clients I'm sending out to. I send out 1x during the summer and 1x during dec or feb. I'm working on my feb mailings now. It's only a list of 10 and growing. I'm particular about who I send out to. I've learned to target and to be cost effective. I can tell by a look at the backlist or current titles if it's worth sending anything out.

The USPS also has a service that you can make single or multiple postcards and save an address book. To keep track of whom I've sent to I made a word doc that has the addresses listed on it for the mailing labels. The file will have their names/address and I just look and see when the file was last modified. I don't bother having my samples returned back normally. I used to in the past but now I just want to save money on postage.



In the future I'm planning on designing a one page promo sheet of various illustrations to send out as a follow up. We'll see how that goes.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013

IF: Wings

Wings. Reminded me of a digital illustration I'd made to celebrate Valentine's Day. Birds of a feather flock together.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

IF: Myth


Pegasus is one of the best known mythological creatures in Greek mythology.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

They Draw & Cook

Illustration posted on They Draw & Cook. Spiced Hot Cocoa.

Here's a close up of the illustration.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Guardian Angel Magazine Illustration

The theme for the story was sewing. I was happy how it turned out. To read the entire story visit Guardian Angel Kids Ezine.

Tin Soldier Coloring Sheet

Made a free coloring sheet in photoshop of a little Solider. Free to download. Enjoy and happy holidays!