Sunday, December 30, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
I wonder if I could find the original sketch that inspired this, but I've got a feeling it was drawn on a scrap piece of paper, which was the sheet that the assignment was given on, and I probably lost it. Here's the working rough for this illustration. I'd love to finish this before the new years as a way to end 2012.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
I've been switching back and forth between a technical pen and a calligraphy pen lately. Both are very different in how I use them and what I can do with them. I'm finding that the calligraphy pen is faster 'cause I get the stroke width by pressure instead of artificially. With the technical pen, I normally go back and forth with the pen to increase thickness 'cause there's only so hard you can press down on one of them without destroying the nib.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
This is the fun part before I start work on it in Photoshop. I honestly wish the export with layer feature is as good as I wish it was. I always end up just copying and pasting over into one program from another. All the various colours just make it easier to select areas exactly in Photoshop and it looks interesting sometimes.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I had this really bad idea for a project at OCAD to do a promo piece with some kind of digital snail as the illustration. It was a really really bad idea for snail mail-email kind of thing. It wasn't a terribly smart idea or even a drawn well 'cause I did it very quick and I wasn't thinking at all. Anyway, I still like that idea of a snail postman ... or post-animal so here it is.
It's been a busy week last week so I finally got around to starting on this, which honestly doesn't leave me a lot of time to finish it by Halloween. I'm hoping to finish it and not just abandoning it. Hopefully I can get around to posting roughs for a project that was unfortunately cancelled recently. It was a fun little project and I'm a bit sad that for whatever reason it was cancelled.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
I love watercolours, but I can't ever seem to figure out how to use it in a way I want. It always seems like I keep struggling though they are alright. I guess, to me, they're not good enough that I could tell people I'm a watercolour artist. Maybe one day so for now, this is what I have and I'm kind of enjoying this. I'm laying down the colours after a rough sketch and then inking over it to tighten things up. And then after all that, I go back with some colour pencils.
EDIT It might not be too clear, but I'm having a flaming sword being used to cook food. Somehow it's funny to me and it saves a lot of time instead of making a real fire.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
I just wanted to upload this before I forgot. I finished this earlier this week and haven't really had a chance to look at it yet. It turned out better than I hope and I enjoyed the piece. It's fun using the warmer colours that I tend to normally avoid as my colour range is more cool and blues and greens.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
I thought I'd show some of the process work for the fall promo. A lot of times, drawing is just drawing different variations until you get one that is alright. I had a few variations of how the set up the scene and settle for this once instead of one that just had them floating there. It honestly took me awhile to get the boy looking the way I wanted 'cause the boy in all these drawings just wasn't agree with me. For the girl, I wanted to just minor variation in her hair and the shape of her head. Subtle things can make a big difference.
Monday, September 3, 2012
I love the way that the ink just flows across the paper and how just manoeuvring the nib changes the stroke of the line. I can do the same thing with a technical pen, but it's not really the same in terms of how I'd try it. So far I've just done some sketching with the nib, but hopefully I'll find the time to do a more fuller illustration to get a better feel of it.
Monday, August 20, 2012
So I decided to give myself even more by having another blog and the thing I've set for myself is that I will try not to post the same thing on both blogs. Yep, different material and I'll try to post once a week so that means I'd have to think up of 104 different things to say throughout the year along with to show whatever I'm working on at the moment whether it be an illustrator or a sketch or a comic. Sometimes we really aren't too nice to ourselves. But here I am on tumblr and the picture at the top of this post has nothing to do with tumblr, but I like it. I've always enjoyed drawing the characters from Journey to the West.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
So here it is, I'm finally finished one letter of four. Hopefully I can find the time to sketch out the other two letters. I have some rough ideas of what I want to do for one of them, but not sure of the composition yet and my original idea for the last year just doesn't look as good any more literally it's back to the drawing board, well drawing paper anyway.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
So this is my fancy promo for the summer. Originally I had wanted to make this as a booklet to send out but I ran out of time to put it together. I still might as a leave behind, but at the moment I send it off as an email promo as a fun way to cool down and something I could imagine my self illustrating. So that's it for now and I go back to drawing.
It's funny that I never talk about the business side of illustration on my blog. It's not a bad thing. It is as it is as it's part of any business 'cause we want to make money. Not because we're greedy, but because money lets us buy food, pay for a place to live and buy supplies to continue doing what we love to do. One of the best advice ever given to me by another illustrator, (Huan Tran) was that "treat illustration as a business" in that think accordingly about dealing with expenses, meeting clients, etc.
I love to draw, but I will have to admit that I don't enjoy the business side too much: bothering potential clients with promos (by email or by mail), killing a lot of trees for my physical promos (I'm really sorry trees and hopefully the promos go into the recycling and not the trash on the receiving end or better yet, they get kept)or contacting and being a bit fierce when payment is way over due. I can see why many illustrators have reps to deal with this at a nice cut of their pay, but nothing is free in life. Everything has its ups and downs as some illustrator will tell you that you don't need a rep and can do it all yourself (thank you Kathryn Adams).
One of the ways to find the contact of potential clients is through companies that have a database of this information. Since Adbase and Agency Access are the same company now, I believe there are really few or no other options left for purchasing contact list now. I've bought list from both services in the past, when they were separate companies and am currently with Adbase (extra month of service for the free shoutout? ... okay, probably not.). So with a subscription, I have access to their database to use to send out promos in whatever means I can afford. Physical promos are wonderful, but costly not due to printing cost, but postage. 61 cent for Canadian postage and over dollar for USA postage which adds up fast. 1000 postcard in Canada is 610$ and over 1000$ for them in the States. A cheaper, and potential more environmentally friend method, is e-mails.
I honestly can't imagine the fun of an Art Director's inbox with all the massive amount of promo e-mails they get. I have had other illustrator tell me that they hate sending out e-mails 'cause some art directors hate it with a passion and others have told me that it's one of the tools we have to promote ourself so why not use it. I send out e-mail promos though I narrow down my giant contact list at Adbase. I can't remember what the last count was, but I have the contact info for thousands of people in the graphic design, advertisement and magazine business in North America. I would imagine that with all the email promos they get, it'd suck a lot to be flooded with these stuff they didn't ask for.
I'm writing this whole long thing 'cause the reply back I got this week to my email promo, which I'll post the illustrations for in the next post. I'm not mentioning names or companies, but the reply was this: "Don't email to this address anymore. You are now considered spam and your services will never be used by my company. Go fuck yourself." It's funny that I didn't notice this before; I had gotten quite a few "Out of Office" auto-replies as it's the summer and things happen so people aren't always at the office. I deleted the "Out of Office" replies along with said e-amil. I went back to double check my deleted email after receiving an apology email, which unfortunately spelt my name wrong as "Brenda Hong" though I will have to admit that my life long friends still spell my name wrong so I guess a stranger spell it wrong isn't too bad.
Said person is going through a rough spot in their life and I'm sorry that they're going through that at the moment. I'm no sure what the issues are, but I wish them the best and I hope things get better so they can go back to enjoying things more. No matter who we are or what we do, we're still humans at the end of the day and we react accordingly under stress. And I'm sorry for all the massive amount of e-mails that they and every other art director or creative director or someone with some creative input in an agency, design firm, magazine company, etc have to receive. Unfortunately, it's one of the few ways I can reach out to potential clients as I can't call up everyone and meet them in person. I think that if I could, I might be at a nice beach right now with a cool drink.
In the creative world, I am a nobody. Few know me and none probably would care if stopped being an illustrator sort of one less spam promo they would have received. I am no James Jean, Jillian Tamaki, Anita Kunz or Marcos Chin where their reputation proceeds them (I remember being a student and having these names spoken of in awe) or steady life long illustrators that have worked for years in the field. I don't have enough steady illustration work to get me by. But I am lucky in that I have a wonderful part-time job that I enjoy and lucky, a wonderful co-ordinator who helps me out as often as she can. As much as I love my part-time job, I love drawing more and wish that I could draw all day and be paid for it.
I am a nobody illustrator trying to make my way so that I can turn what I've always love to do, draw, into something that can provide a living for myself. I am sorry that there aren't better ways for me to reach all you people out there that would hire me and I hope that all you art directors, creative directors and graphic designers that get a promo e-mail can understand a little bit of why you get those.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Monday, July 2, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
I'm slowly working on my summer promo and technically it's still spring so I'm doing things head of time. It looks like it's going to be a hot summer this year so a recipe for some ice tea will probably be quite helpful to cooling off this summer. Layout is not my speciality, but it was fun playing with it this time around and I decided to show the rough layout to show how things have changed big and small from the beginning to the end.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
This is coming along really well, more so than I thought it would be. I've still got to find the time to add more textures to my library 'cause I'm still looking for a proper "sky" texture. I'm going to see if a picture of clouds might really work but I've got a feeling it won't. The digital version of this takes on quite a different feeling over the ink one. They're both very different, but I like what each medium brings on them. I should go back to trying to combine the two mediums again.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
I tried to keep the palette simple with just blues and oranges. It is in some way harder to work with a limited colour range, but there's a fun in the challenge of it, too. Now comes the painfully fun process of transferring the layers into Photoshop. There is one thing I found is that export layers is still pretty bad after all these years from Adobe Illustrator to Adobe Photoshop. There's no perfect system and in the end, a human hand always works best with a human mind guiding it.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
I am really happy with how the original ink drawing turned out, but once I scanned it into the computer to show it off I immediately wanted to create a digital version of it instead. Mostly it's just different ways I can imagine the textures to replace the hatching I used. The funny thing that I can never figure out how to draw the Monk in the story. I always found him a bit bland 'cause he's the "damsel" in the story. Every monster is after the monk and although his work is the "most important", in terms of the story, it's up to everyone else to save his life time and time again ... and mostly, I'm not that good at drawing robes.