Monkey See, Monkey Deux

Here is a little something I whipped up a few weeks back and worked on again last night…

Prismacolor markers

Prismacolor markers

Prismacolor marker, graphite, Micron pen

Prismacolor marker, graphite, Micron pen

The first one is just to illustrate a bit of my process. I use a 30% French grey Prismacolor marker and really just go wild with it. Big broad strokes until I start to see something in the mess. Then I go back in and darken where I need to. I’m pretty sure I’ve explained the process before, but I’ll repeat it for anyone who hasn’t read my older posts. Does anyone even read these?

Anyways. On the second phase, the marker was completely dried so the values were a bit lighter. I went back in with the same 30% French grey and pushed the darks (the wonderful thing about Prismacolor markers). Finally, I tried something new and added some even darker values with graphite pencil, instead of just adding line work like I usually do. Loved the way these two mediums worked together.

My First… A Lot of Things

so schools finally out and the real work has begun. i have been overly involved in marketing myself lately. i just ordered my first set of postcards, i got my first set of tearsheets printed,

Tearsheet

Tearsheet

Postcard Front

Postcard Front

Postcard Back

Postcard Back

and am now in the process of putting together my first batch of mailers to send out to some magazine editors and art directors. i have also just finished my first real commissioned assignment with a local casting company. it was only a tshirt design but im hoping they fall in love with it and give me the chance to turn it into a logo.

American Casting Company Process

American Casting Company Process

American Casting Company Templates

American Casting Company Templates

for this assignment i bought von glitschka’s “vector basic training” book and i honestly dont think i could have finished without it. at least not at the same quality level. before this assignment i had no real experience in vector illustration, besides the font and type design ive been doing for the raw legends clothing company. but von glitschkas book really made the whole thing easy. for anyone who knows the basics of adobe illustrator or any other vector program and wants to learn how to easily turn sketches or doodles into solid vector drawings i highly recommend this book. it has exercise files and a bunch of images. its totally worth having in your library.

Vector Basic Training_Von Glitschka

Vector Basic Training_Von Glitschka

another book i had to pick up was the “graphic artists guild handbook: pricing and ethical guidelines.” this book is a must-have for any artist who is trying to freelance, either full-time or part-time. it is packed with invaluable information about how to price your work, how to promote yourself, keeping paperwork, tax write-offs, how to find a good representative, etc etc. and my personal favorite is the last few pages are full of sample contracts for everything from licensing to invoices. the best part is, you can get it on amazon.com for half the price.

GAG Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines

GAG Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines

this is only a glimpse of what ive been up to lately. unfortunately, i might have to get a job to make ends meet because these last 2 weeks have helped me realize how difficult, expensive, and time-consuming marketing yourself can be. if anyone has any tips on marketing techniques id be more than happy to chat

Just Another Portrait…

this piece has been a wild ride. its been almost 2 years since ive touched my watercolors (the jimi hendrix portrait) and man did i forget how much work is put into the preliminary stages. the ending color scheme wasnt really what i was going for but i blame that on the 2 year brake i took. the blue-green in the background came out a little too green and kinda throws everything off. the only thing i was pretty satisfied with was the face, which is where i want the focus to be so i made the difficult choice to stop messin with it and leave it as it was. so here is all the preliminary work and the final. enjoy :)

8.5"x11" watercolor