Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I'm a Guest Illustrator!

How cool is that?!

The elementary school that I work at (I teach music) has asked me to come tomorrow night and teach a couple short drawing lessons for both adults and kids.  I'm so excited!

There is going to be another artist there as well, I'm not sure who yet, but she's going to be working out of a step by step book for animals.  I figured since my schooling is in Illustration, ie storytelling, it would be cool to take suggestions on what animal they would like to draw and place it in some type of storytelling image. Be it a bear in a Tu-tu tight rope walking or a sun bathing starfish!

If any of you are in the area of Fresno, come on down and join the party! It kicks off with pizza at 5:30pm and I think the sessions are like 20-25 mins. Enough to start them and if they want to finish them at home, they'll have an idea of what to draw.

I'll try to get some pictures and do a blog post after!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I'm still alive!!

Ack!! A month has gone by since I last posted. FAIL!

I'm still here guys, I've been super busy and technically I've still been working as a freelancer, but in a different category. I don't have a lot to show you because the work I've been doing has been along the lines of ... shall we say... "Social Media Consulting" for use in a creative field.  I've been helping a client work up a lot of social media sites, connect them together, create a website, link everything together.... phew! it takes a lot longer than you'd expect!

In other news, those of you who've been with me for a while, know that I have been working with some local schools in music and in art.  In one school in particular, I've been developing an Art only  curriculum.  A lot of my time has been spent figuring out projects, how to make them last over a few lessons, and how to actually teach for understanding and not just copying.  It's a challenge! This group of kids are not the typical kids who would choose an art program over other electives so I've been dealing with a LOT of behavioral issues.  It's starting to turn around tho and their first project was a complete WIN for the class!  They felt good about it, the office staff flipped out and called a bunch of teachers to come look at the work.  They even asked to have some laminated and put up around the school!  Granted the work wasn't museum quality (remember they're 6th graders), but it was better than any of them thought they could do.  That's a success in my book :)

I start with the other classed in Art in a few weeks. I'm excited to see where those students go with the program.

I'll leave you with a couple sketches I've managed to quickly put down to paper in between.  Hope you all had a wonderful week and I wish you a restful weekend!

sketch of my puppy love

random doodle