Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Year of the Dragon!

Atelier Interactive Acrylic on Arches hot press watercolor paper
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
Today, I planned to work on some other paintings, but I wanted to do a quick illustration in celebration of Chinese New Year. For, the year of the dragon is said to be the luckiest of them all!

I love working on wood, but I've been itching to play with a lighter, quick color technique, so I found my old Arches watercolor paper, and had some fun with this little painting.

Gung hay fat choy!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Illustration Friday: Prepare

Copic Multiliner pen with digital paint & textures
Prepare, what a great word to start off the year with as I've definitely been in preparation mode this January. This is the time of year I like to set a theme for the next 12 months. This year I'm not planning on attending any conferences. The SCBWI conferences have been like a type of grad school for me, full of information and inspiration, but now it's time to focus on producing the work.

I'm grateful to have been asked to do a 10-15 piece solo show at a restaurant in our local art's district, and although it won't open until December I'll be working on paintings throughout the year. I've chosen a them for the show, and have begun thumbnailing pieces based on a story that's been developing. I'm also considering printing an art book of the series. I'm quite excited to see where this story goes.

So, this year will be about sinking into my own work, and thinking about my art in terms of a bigger picture. I'm enjoying the direction I'm going more than ever, so now it's time to have some fun! I'd also like to finally open my etsy shoppe. I'm now working on a couple mini paintings, and I'd like to get some prints made as well.