Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Little Donkeys

So this week has been kinda crappy for me.

On Saturday after a wonderful lunch and afternoon with my cousins, I started to feel a lot of pressure in my head and sinuses. Apparently I got a bad sinus infection that then traveled to my ears. I don't know how many of you have had ear infections recently, but it's literally like torture! I can't hear anything out of my left ear but muffled sounds and once the antibiotics kicked in (on tuesday, because of course I got it over the weekend) it's like a clicking, popping, gurgling symphony happening in there. Oh, it also feels like someone is pouring water down my ear canal every second of every day.  I think I might be going insane.  I'm praying this things clears up quick because it is the most uncomfortable ailment I've had in a long time.

Needless to say, I haven't been as productive as I wanted to because it's extremely difficult to sketch while laying flat on the bed. hahaha I think all my drawings would come out leaning like the Tower of Pisa.

However, I did manage to get some gestures and studies of donkeys so that I could put together a character for one of my projects.  Here is one page I fleshed out and cleaned up a bit.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

New projects!

Not much to show in this blog update but some new projects to share about that came up this week.

First off, I'm helping a friend out with some character sketches for a Children's Musical he's written. It's a Christmas story about a special little donkey. :) There are quite a few characters within it so I'll get to draw a lot of barnyard animals, Whoohoo! It'll help with promotion for the musical and he might try to self publish a book later on. Can I just say, baby donkeys might just be the cutest thing you've ever seen... ok hold on I have to show you...

Oh my heart strings!! you just want to squeeze him :)

Alright, I've recovered. The 2nd project(s) I've taken on are gifts to my cousins for their new babies/nurseries. Crazily, three of them are having kids this year within like a 6 month period, I'm way behind! haha! My first cousin, Jessica, has a whole farm theme going on in her kiddy's room, so ... you guessed it! More barnyard animals! This ones a little different tho because I can make it a full illustration of barn shenanigans. They're going to turn out really cute.
My 2nd cousin, Michaela, has been working with a color scheme for the baby's room and I think she might go more "zoo-ish" which will be pretty fun too. We're still working out the details.
And last but not least, Sarah, is expecting in June sometime and she doesn't know about the offer yet ;) Hopefully, she won't read this till after saturday when I tell her. haha  We'll see what she decides.

That's it for now. I want to start on a million other things but it all takes time and these projects get first dibs. I can't wait to share them all with you :)

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

First post of the New Year: Vinylmation!

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a safe and happy time celebrating :)

To kick off the new year with posts, I felt it appropriate to show you one of the Christmas presents I received that will be one of my new projects.  To start, my sister and I LOVE going to Disneyland (well, really who doesn't??) and as fun as the princesses and characters are, my favorite thing about the park is the theming and Imagineering that goes on within it. I could pour over those "Art of..." books the park publishes about attractions and lands for hours on end. That being said, anything "art" related to the parks I sorta go gaga over :)
Well my sister surprised me this year with one of these babies:

Its a blank DIY Mickey Vinylmation!

Now I'm not really a Mickey person, I have to say.  The guy's cool and there's always something to be said about what he represents to the Walt Disney Company, but I'm not going to have my entire kitchen branding red pants with yellow buttons. Do you really want to pour your tea out of a spout stemming from a pair of pants? ermmm....No Thanks.

ANYWAY! The thing about these Mickeys is that you can do whatever you want to them! The shape doesn't really matter, it's all about the design element(s) you chose to put on them. For this guy, I'm brainstorming about Disney Memories in the parks. So original right? Considering the entire marketing campaign this year is "Let The Memories Begin". But my memories will never be the same as anyone else's and unlike the campaign, this one will last for a very long time.

I'm going to be using acrylic paint and some sculpted elements added to it. Not sure when this will actually be taking place because I really want to flesh out these concepts before I start painting. I want this to be a really cool show piece and not just an experiment that goes to crap.  So wish me luck!

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