Friday, July 11, 2014


This project needed just some subtle touch-up for the VIP. I like that no one would notice if on its own.

SWE asked me to create a 10 foot banner for their conference. The male was later asked to be added due to the fact that SWE was not only for women. I had to take the pictures at two different days and Photoshop him into the background.
This commission was for an executive at a hospital. She wanted this very old photo restored and set up to be protected in a rectangular frame.
This is some of the funnest things to do with Photoshop. Taking some people and creating a scene from it. This one was an idea to take my son's favorite movie and turn him into Obi Wan. I had him dress up to look the part and I wore a Darth Vader helmet with a short cape and my wife's black gloves. Since the helmet was only a mask and the cape was short I put on a black sweatshirt and put the hood up to hide the fact that the costume was flawed. The space ships and AT-AT's were from the internet. The planet, smoke, stars, explosion, and glowing effects were done in Photoshop.

If you do one child you have to do the other:)
Can you tell I enjoy these? The photo of my son isn't the one I used but this was the outfit I used for him, minus the cape.
This whole piece was done in Photoshop. There were no scanned images or photos. This was a part of what was to be used on the side of the Fab Lab semi trailer.
I started incorporating real objects like the ice cubes and cardboard into a digital painting.

I wanted to play around with the idea of illegal aliens from the 1800s to actual aliens from space. It was to look like an old photograph but set in a somewhat whimsical way.
This project was to have a simple look. This was not the finished piece. My job was to take out the background and straighten the shelf since it was bowing. I then had to duplicate the products to look like it was filling the shelf.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sometimes it is an interview of someone you admire that can get you revved up to go. This is an interview with Scott Brundage that up and coming Illustrators should read for inspiration. Every time I feel like giving up and start to get discouraged, I get reminded that there are so many people out there who are struggling as well.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Well I found an independent publisher down in South Carolina that was interested in me Illustrating a Children's book. She asked me my price and possible turn around time in completing the project. I told her $30.00 an hour for about 4 weeks to 6 months depending on the complexity of the project. She sounded interested because she responded and sent me the story. Once I sent her my invoice though, it seemed she had second thoughts. The total turned out to be $4,200.00, with two revisions at no charge for anything that was already finalized. She may be still interested or maybe she was expecting much less. That is where Freelancers have to be careful. There are a lot of people who want things from "creatives" free or for very cheap. It takes a lot of time to create something and we need to survive too. I'm not saying that is what this person was thinking but I have encountered people who do want things for practically nothing because I can do it.

Friday, May 30, 2014

The finish piece looks likes this. I sporadically put blue on top of the white so some of the white will show through. The table legs were from an old kitchen table that we bought from Value City Furniture 8 years ago. I took off the legs and painted it white. Before the paint dried I sanded the corners and it took off the paint in chunks. I liked that because it showed the original stain below. I made sure I sanded enough to show bare wood.

I let the blue dry for 24 hours and sanded the edges. I then put a dark walnut stain over top all the paint (making sure to wipe it off right away with a wet wash cloth). The stain sunk nicely into the bare wood and darkened the white and teal to age it some more. I went with untreated deck wood because I wanted it to look aged. I left the middle board unhinged so I can easily lift it out and clean it when there are spills or just a collection of art debris. I cut 3 pieces of Masonite (see below) for me and my boys to draw or paint on if using flat plain paper.

I did the same with the pine that I bought at Home Depot. But with this I  just simply painted it and sanded the sides then stained it. I did not worry about the holes. I wanted to show the screws that would enhance the aged looked. 

The finished piece came out great. I love the way it looks and feels. It's solid and sturdy. This is part of the studio so far. I'm excited to see it almost done. When I finish it will be time to start the marketing program. I have to dedicate many hours a week to get this business off and running. I know having a nice studio where I can be comfortable will aid in the creative process.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I have been working on an art table for the studio. I want to make it look aged  with some color because the art space is going to be mostly white. I got three 10' non-treated deck wood at Home Depot I'm using for the top and pine that I'm using for the bottoms so the legs from my old kitchen table will attach to. 

I put white paint on these lightly making sure I left the wood showing. This will make it look like there was more paint on it and later hopefully look more aged after I put stain on it.

Monday, April 28, 2014

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Getting started in Illustration has proven to be very challenging. There are so many things you should be aware of to get jobs on a consistent basis. Even if you do get jobs regularly, sometimes it is good to have another job to supplement your income. I have been fortunate to have such jobs to hold my head above water. When getting your degree, take some business classes. Learn how to connect with others, find someone that can teach you these things, hopefully this journey that I will begin will be your guide. I have been in the field a while but have never ventured out for consistent work. After a lot of research, I have decided to get the ball rolling.

The first thing on my list is to create a studio that I will want to go and work at all kinds of hours. It is important for artists to have a good place for inspiration since they will be using it a lot.

In the next few posts I will be documenting my progress towards a new state of the art (okay, not state of the art), but hopefully my handyman skills will deliver a cool studio that I want to go into.