Playing with new sepia-toned ink!
I learned me a valuable lesson this week in client/illustrator communication. I did seven sketches of characters for a theatre company's fundraiser and put in about two days of work from conceptualizing to finished sketch (just pencil, not inked or anything), only to have the "this is great, but I was actually thinking...." response. Humbled, I mourned the loss of two good days of work, but then got back into it and pushed past the original inspiration, drawing up three versions of *one* character. Which is what I should have done in the first place. It was a valuable, and very inspiring lesson! Here are the original designs, which I still like (but am also happy with the new sketches). I'll post the three other versions in a later post.
I'm sure there's something meta-navel-gazing (can that exist?) about posting a personal self-portrait on a personal blog, but in my defense this was a project for class....so up it goes. Can I tell you how freaky it is to recognize yourself in pencil? Try it sometime.
It's been a really busy few days and I haven't been able to post anything in over a week or even attempt to do a sketch for Illustration Friday, which secretly is alright with me because the last two topics have been really hard! Nevertheless I hope to get back on that train, plus I have a few more ideas for Creepy Robot Love that have been kicking around inside my head that I would love to see on paper.It was one of the more frustrating sketch processes I've gone through in a little while, but ultimately I'm happy with the result. Even if I she does look a bit like Jessica Alba.
In the classroom front, the pace of homework assignments have accelerated and it's forcing me speed up the whole concept to finished work process. It's hard, but good.
Here's an assignment from my Illustration class for a fashion illustration.