Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Personalized Greeting Card

This is a fun way I like to pass on my art to other people.

My long time buddy from high school and college had a birthday recently and I got this idea to draw him a personalized sketch card. He's a father of two boys and we both grew up loving the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The cards I draw on are blank, 5"x7" bristol paper that come pre folded. I found a pack of 50 cards for ten dollars at my local craft store, Michael's. They're perfect for pen and ink drawings with colored pencils or markers.

I like making these individualized cards for others because it's a fun way to show someone you really care. They also help keep my creative juices flowing between client projects.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Animals Dancing: Drawings and my Design Process

I thought it would be fun to share my sketching and design process from a recent series of characters I created for work. The theme was "Dance Party" and my assignment was to come up with six cartoon animals that each referenced a style of dance.

At work, I draw everything digitally. It saves a lot of time and makes corrections simple and easy. The tablet I use is a Wacom Intuos 3 (medium size). It took me awhile to get used to drawing digitally with one of these. My lines still don't come out the way I want them to and sometimes I have to redraw a line several times to get what I'm looking for. These are meant to be rough drawings at this stage. The drawing program I use Sketchbook Pro.

For the poses, I tried to stay loose and be gestural. I tend to exaggerate the pose slightly in the beginning, so that when I add more details the pose won't look stiff (ideally).

Here's a link to the final product. This set of animals was designed for machine embroidery and are for sale at Embroidery Library.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my work. I hope this was helpful and inspiring. Please leave a comment or send an e-mail if you have any questions.