Pretty girl

Still on the mission to improve in photoshop! Here is a painting I did this evening after getting home from work and watching 3 episodes of Buffy! I'm sure I can do a lot more to improve it, but here it is for now!!!

I don't really like adding colour to a greyscale image... I find them to be drab and ugly. I really enjoy working with just colour, so this tonal was a pretty big change for me.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say I am definitely improving! Still not quite where I want to be, but feeling better overall! woot woot!



Snow Bird

Here is a cute little concept I came up with last night. It is a bird that is so fluffy he makes snow... or snow that covers a bird.

I'm still not overly confident with my digital painting skills yet, but I am getting the hang of it. Practice makes perfect... or, in this case, a funny looking bird!



Little Monsters...

I don't usually paint with watercolour/gauche very often. I decided to try my luck once again with some paints...

It seems obvious to me that many of the artworks I produce have lighting issues. It is really hard for me to make the shapes look three dimensional. I suppose I should do some studies... I really don't enjoy doing them very much though!!!!

I saw the art of this german girl. I couldn't figure out her name, but she's pretty flexible with her style and incredibly talented. I was inspired by her little monsters and wanted to try some of my own!!! I think if I could create art like the stuff she does, I would feel pretty good about myself!!! Not yet... but hopefully soon!!!!



Literary Genres - Humor

I was looking around for ideas on how to practice my design skills. I came up with the idea of trying to visually show genres from different types of literature. I'm going to try working with fonts, colours, and characters to portray each genre.

Here is my first one...

Cute little monsters. We'll see what other ones I can come up with!

Enjoy :)

Oh, and please excuse the watermark... I'm not sure how I should go about doing this... I feel like I should start... but It really takes away from the design. Any suggestions on how to properly watermark your work? Should I even bother?


7-year-old Inspiration

Hi all!

So I have been thinking a lot about my blog lately. I don't think it is very focused and I never really meant for it to be anything other than a place to put up my artwork.

Of course, I've been working in the creative industry for about a year now (practicing for about 4) and I believe my skills have improved enough that I am comfortable selling my artwork and helping some other people visually communicate their stories, ideas and whatever else they might have in mind.

Deep down, my passion is to be an illustrator. I love cute and appealing characters and I strive to create these very things every day. Children's literature is another realm I am eager to explore. Becoming a children's book illustrator is one of my many dreams.

I am also interested in working in game design. Only the fun/cute/appealing ones though. I'm not that into army men vs. ninjas.... unless they are super cute army men and ninjas... with nerf guns.

Pretty much anything beautiful, pretty, fun, or cute is what I am after!

One thing to keep in mind is that successful companies market the cute stuff.... and that is simply because people LOVE cute. If you have an app that functions a little bit better than another app, but the lower functioning app is beautifully designed and has cute characters in it... I am pretty sure the aesthetically pleasing app will win out!

BTW, I also am interested in GUI design for apps. I believe a clean, intuitive design with that little bit of juvenile fun is the key to an enjoyable app experience!

Why am I saying all of this?

I have decided that I am tired of acting like a "grown-up". There is no reason why you can't be an organized, hard-working, motivated individual with a little bit of 7-year-old inspiring your creative side.

On that note, I would like to introduce my new header. (Complete with tagline and awesome little monster)




Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a rockin' show. It's making me really miss the 90's.

I had some fun drawing some characters last night... here they are...

I hope you enjoy this one!

BTW, I'm still trying to come up with a cool story for a film... hopefully I'll get it figured out before the end of the month!!! COME ON IMAGINATION!!!!


Short Film!

Dan is starting his 4th year film at Sheridan this year… so, being a “grass is greener” kind of girl, I figured I would hop on the film train and see what I could do. I’m hoping to gain some experience, improve my skills and hopefully end up with a great portfolio piece.  We’ll see what happens! I’m giving myself 12 months to complete a 1 minute film, 100% on my own. Hopefully it won’t take me that long!
To start it all off, I am going to show you my first few concrete ideas I had for a film. The story is changing every day, so I am hoping if I stick a polar bear as a main character, it might rein in my ideas!