Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Farms and Trees and Rivers, Oh My!

So after dusting off some Illustrator rust, I've finally rendered the sketch from my last post. I'm excited about seeing this in print and even more psyched that they've decided to put it on the website as a clickable image map as well. We'll see how this all wraps up. Suggestions/feedback are very very welcome! Especially if you have access to a high school student. I'd love to know if it's going to catch the eye of the target "market".
Happy drawing, everyone. (yes that means YOU. Go out and draw!)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Save our planet - learn about farming!

I've been lucky enough to work with a friend up at Delaware Valley College twice now, and our latest endeavor together has really opened my eyes to the world of agriculture and environmental science. I recently completed the sketch for a poster directed at high schoolers, to help open their eyes too. See if you can learn where you (or your kids) could find a career that will keep our world green! It's funny how life creates it's own themes. Around the time I was sketching this, my brother sent me this great article.) So anyway, I'll post my rendering when it's completed. Let me know if this infographic would catch your eye if it were up on the wall of your chemistry classroom. :)

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Butterflies in my stomach... or on my paper

Late last week (luckily before succumbing to stomach flu) I finished the first project to be started and completed after the girls came into our lives! It was a nice feeling and I think it turned out well. While it was a small project for a friend, it was still challenging (especially considering how poorly my last painting turned out!) and very fun. The poem is Laura's, but the butterflies are mine, and now the entire thing is her niece's and will (hopefully) adorn her nursery. :)

Here are the sketches:


And here's the final. It looked especially good framed.




Saturday, August 11, 2007

Mom to Mom


Not that it's incredibly exciting, but I just whipped out this little flyer spot for my mothers of multiples club. It was fun to figure out how to use a brush that gave a nicer line quality than just a stroke right "out of the tube".

Friday, August 10, 2007

The Bad Beginning (appologies to Lemony Snicket)

Well, I did get my drawing done way before the deadline, but life has been crazy busy and I'm somewhat ashamed to post the final results, so... I've been dragging my feet on this entry of Wei2Draw. As you can see, the girls' playroom art didn't turn out so great. There was something nice about the sketch when it was small and sketchy, but at 26x30", it's just boring and has an odd high school project feel to it. There are sections that I like - Dani and Alex by themselves, the duck, the elephant... but all together, it's really pretty terrible.

The Final:



In my defense, it really is hard to make art that has to be nice without digital tweaks. There were multiple times I wanted to hit the undo buttom after painting something. EEek! I've become dependant on my computer! It was so bad at one point that I used gouache on top of my water color to paint over a mistake. Gouache is not my forte, to put it mildly. (Deep! I could have used your expertise... oh for the days of having adjoined studios...) So for now, I ordered some animal oriented prints from art.com, simple, digital stuff. They'll suffice until I get some skills back.

There's actually lots of creative stuff going on right now, so I'll try to post some soon. Here's something to whet your appetite:

Sunday, July 15, 2007

The Beginning

Not a very creative title, but that's what this is - the beginning. Of something good and productive I hope. I've noticed that my creative projects almost always get sidelined for other responsibilities, and I think it's because there's no one to answer to when they don't get done. So maybe this blog will be my task master. If I post something in progress, the blog will stare disapprovingly at me until I get it done. Grrrr!

I've been wanting to make art for the girls' play room downstairs, and here's my sketch. Everyone is off to play in the water with their favorite things. Which is exactly what we're headed for this afternoon. Hooray for summer and for water babies.



Goal: Finished by my birthday (August 6!).