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It's Christmas time, and I have been blessed with many commissions this last half of the year. With request for portraits and specific subject matter, the art can start to seem less like art and more like work.
Only this work is all on me. If it's not done on time, or the client isn't happy, I can't take solace in being a little anonymous in a large company. Their unhappiness means I don't get paid. And i run the risk of not getting more work. it's so much pressure!
Luckily, this year went well. I carved out a little time for myself to do a few paintings and drawings that I wanted to do and that are just for myself.
Would it be weird that I said it feeds my soul? It does. There is an episode of Sex and the City where Carrie talks about being so broke she could only afford an issue of Vogue or dinner. She chose Vogue because it fed her more.
That's actually terrible advice. It makes me glad that ultra skinny look isn't in anymore. Thank you Kim Kardashian ... I guess? So I'm going to treat my self to food and art. Besides no one wants to be around me when I'm hungry.
I have a huge collection of images that I love and a lot many of them are from street style photographers. These three images are from that collection.
I've been using oil based sharpies a lot in my illustrations. Oil sharpies are great because they have a nice righ color. any art supply store should carry them.
I use them in my illustration to convey texture and depth. This idea came from a couple of places. The first being the fact that I live in a rural area surrounded by a lot of farm land. Rows of corn and soy beans stretch out over rolling hills for as far as you can see. The rows look kinda like topography in that they help to define the hills by coming together and apart.
The second influence is from other artist using the same idea of line work to create depth. One of my favorite is Kate Ann Gilmore. She is a fellow midwesterner who lives in LA now. Her artwork is influenced by topography as well. It has a super cool digital look, but she does everything by hand. Watching her work give you even more appreciation for what she does. I would recommend checking out her work if you are into digital art, mountains, murals or just chicks doing really cool stuff.
So here are a few things I worked on in between commissions. I hope you enjoy and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.