So this year I decided to sign up for Skillshare. If you don't know what Skillshare is it is an online learning platform for artists, designers, makers, and entrepreneurs. I had to join because both Aaron Draplin and Yuko Shimizu had classes on there and I had to take them. Yesterday, I decided to flex my After Effects chops and create a walking animation for Frazier Davidson's class. I've been working in after effects for about 10 years but never really tried pursuing animation animation with it. The class was great. I decided to use my Cintiq and draw the boys from Darjeeling Limited and started with Francis played by Owen Wilson. I will hopefully soon finish doing the other brothers to finish the piece. I hope you enjoy!
So I just finished a big #finealt (trying to come up with a name for what I do, trying) thrift store painting featuring a giant Rick Moranis head. How did I get here? Do I have a love for Rick Moranis? Why would someone do this to a perfectly good painting? While I can't always mind map an art project, I have a pretty good idea where this one came from.
It starts with #meetingnotes. Meeting notes is an ongoing project of mine that organically started as I had to go to meetings at my day job Many of these meetings didn't pertain much to me, so I started drawing to a) pass the time and b) work on my drawing skills. When I started, I made mostly doodles. Over time I began working on more complicated and intricate sketches of people (mostly celebrities that I admired). I would post these on my instagram on Fridays to the she-grin of friends and fans.
Last week I was asked to help design a t-shirt logo for a baby named Ben who has been having some heart problems since he was born. After a few design ideas, everyone agreed on this.
Now there is a website where you can buy one of these shirts linked here. They've way surpassed their original goal, but every little bit helps pay for this little guys extensive medical bills. I'm proud to have been able to work on this project. Also, it was pretty cool to see one of my designs on a cookie.
Occasionally, I have a trick or two up my sleeve. This project was conceived by my sister in law, Molly, for her friend's band Dear Lincoln. The female singer in the band, Lyndsey, was celebrating her 9 years of being cancer free this weekend and Molly wanted a special present for her. She gave me a few parameters and I got to work. She wanted
A) Something with a mounted deer head look
B) The said deer needed to be wearing "hipster" glasses (or as I like to think of them, the Shone Davis special. Miss ya, Pal).
C) It needed to have a pencil behind its ear.
Besides my day job, my paintings, my aspirations for illustrations, I have been working for my wife, Emily, for a few years now. She is a teacher and blogger and a TPTer. For those that don't know, TPT, or Teachers Pay Teachers, is a site dedicated to teachers looking for resources they can use in their classrooms. For the past year and a half, she has worked hard to produce and sell educational products for first grade teachers and she's been really successful! For my part, I've tried to help by creating art for her products. I've done everything from
to digital illustrations
to painted illustrations.
It is fun and rewarding to be able to help her. I don't mention this work much but I think its worth sharing.
Whew. December man. Jam packed with highs, lows, drama, sales, purchases, presents, and most definitely changes.
As with most holiday seasons, December should include Thanksgiving since it gets automatically sucked into everything that ends by New Years Eve. Our November ended with the sad Passing of Nana. Though she wasn't my own grandma, I had spent more time with Nana than any other grandparental figure in my life. I knew her for 18 years and I lived next door to her for 8. We were lucky to spend time with her before her sudden passing. I know I'll miss her this spring as I work out in my backyard and she won't be there watching me from her room in her pepto bismol pink robe. We miss you Nana!
Since everyone was in town for the funeral, the aunts and cousins and everyone got to come visit me at the Art Walk at Essex Studios! The support was great and the show was so fun to be at. I had space on a wall for my work and a bench behind me that I could sit and watc…