Wednesday, January 23, 2013

On-Site Sketching Series: Part V

Here are some on-site drawings I made at Union Station in Chicago this past Sunday with my drawing club. They are made with micron pens, markers, and brush and ink. The girls sitting next to me when I was drawing Track 9 were from my hometown! I heard them talking about goings on in the town, amongst other hilarious college-aged banter (so over it, right?). Check out their insightful sound bite, and enjoy the art of live, on-location sketching!

You don't know it, but I think I have this woman gazing off at Pizza Hut in the Union Station food court. What, it's part of the experience, man...

I've been trying to work on refining my palettes and establishing a better hierarchy in the drawings, even if it means coming back in afterward and adding in flat color/other unifying elements. This requires some level of anticipation with the sketches. Like, I knew I would probably come back, at least in the first one, and add a semi-solid neutral color all over the foreground. It didn't make sense to take the time doing this while we were on-site. Too time consuming, and I didn't need the actual visual to make this design-driven element happen. You know? You get it.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Business of Freelancing Q&A

I attended a very informative AIGA/Artisan Group lecture last night at the COOP in Chicago. Freelancing can be a tricky business, what with keeping track of/making tax deductions, insurance, legal components and contracts. I actually really dislike dealing with all of these things, but I figure if I'm better informed it will feel like less of a pain. I think it was a great idea to facilitate an event like this; business is an integral component to freelancing and must not be overlooked! I would even venture to say... being "good" at the business side of freelancing is almost as valuable as being "good" at the creative side of things, if that makes any sense.

Here are my illustrated notes from the lecture:

The guest speakers were Martin Kamenski of Rockstar CPA, Chris Johnson of Johnsonese Brokerage, and Michael Komessar of Komessar and Associates, LLC. 

More work coming this month--I'm kicking it into high gear in 2013, who's with me?!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Children's Murals

Here is a mural I completed with two other artists this past weekend. It is the collaborative birth-child of mitsingen, a group facilitated by fellow artist Leah Tumerman. I like collaborating in and developing the mitsingen style because it is an interesting marriage of fine art principles and more simplified graphic elements. 

These murals are a private commission for two twin sisters, aged 6. One requested a bear tea party and the other a ninja riding a large bird. I would love to say this was some kind of diptych--they do relate visually in some ways--but they are actually on two separate walls in two separate bedrooms.

I've never had such young clients; working with them was certainly a new kind of thing for me--Although, oddly, the experience was comparable to some of my current adult clients in many ways.....Anyway, enjoy!

Other collaborating artist: Brandon Waltz