thanks for having me, krishka!
if you follow me on the tumblrs you probably noticed that i now have a telephone. after 2 glorious years of not having one. the problem is i’ve had it for almost 2 weeks and have already dropped it 3 times. so i should get a case. then i remembered that i have a society6 account! and that i should buy an iphone case off myself (it’s also not a bad thing to test out what im potentially selling). is that weird?
things are gearing up to be crazy over in these parts. the good news, our offer on our next apartment was accepted! the great news, said apartment is a boat built in 1910!!
now we have to clean up and pack our apartment up. in the middle of all this we are going to prague. the day we get back we are settling everything with the boat. then we move in! then 4 days later im going home for the holidays. all while praying that things don’t go terribly wrong.
these upcoming months will be madness and expensive, but i’m really really excited about it. seems like i will be starting 2013 broke. but broke on a wonderful boat in a beautiful canal.
the reason for this story is that this poor blog may not get as much love as it deserves.
well happy july everyone! i’m heading out for a european walkabout. heading to england, belgium, germany, czech republic, austria, italy, switzerland and france. whew, i will be tired in august.
just dropped this little lady
off at her dog hotel.
needless to say, but i don’t think i’ll have much time to draw. but i will be posting pictures and maybe some sketches on my tumblr. stop in and say hi!
i’ll miss you all!
oh me oh my. time sure is flying. one of my best friends from back in nyc was here for 2 weeks. and now all of a sudden it is a week away from my ‘3 weeks traveling around europe’ trip. so i am scrambling getting things in order and finishing up jobs and preparing some potential things and sending all my emails.
the hard part is when you are freelance you are never really on vacation. at least for me. i have to always keep one eye on my emails, hoping for the next great job.
needless to say i’m stressed out this week!
but here are some photos from the past few weeks of fun.
and as this day comes to an end i will say au revoir! i’m taking a little vacation for the next week. a few days of stay-cation here in amsterdam and a few days in paris. (my first time!!)
i’m looking forward to a rest and a recharge. and some new inspiration. (how can you not be inspired in paris?) i’ll be taking a lot of photos and video so i can practice my editing. so look forward to some photographs and little home movies on my return.
i’ll try to post on my tumblr every once and a while.
and so. i leave you with this illustration of stereotypical french fare.
i decided to put together a little Q/A for you all. as a little hello and welcome to my world. most of these are questions i am frequently asked. but if you have a more specific question, just ask and i’ll add it in!
how did you get started in illustration?
i’ve been a drawer my whole life. i used to get in trouble at school for drawing in my books. when it came time to go off to college, art school was the obvious next step. i went to the Savannah College of Art and Design, majored in illustration, and it was the best decision i have ever made. i loved/love it.
what inspires you?
this is a tough one. for some reason i always have trouble figuring out what inspires me. when it comes to my art i try to be as pure as possible and just draw what’s in my brain with little to no references. that being said, looking at any type of painting/photography/book/illustration/textile designs is undeniably an inspiration, whether i realize it or not. i also really like looking at pictures of cats and bears.
what is your illustration process? what programs do you use?
these days i mostly illustrate purely on the computer. though it wasn’t always like that. i used to paint the entire illustration and just scan it in. then i moved into a hybrid painting/photoshop style. i wrote a post on that process here. (wow my style has really evolved since then). and now it’s all computer. (ah! i kind of hate that). for programs i am strictly photoshop (CS5) and bridge. and i use my little bamboo wacom tablet that i love so much.
do you have any advice for developing and improving my own illustrations?
the best advice i can give is just keep drawing. draw everyday.
and don’t be stubborn, learn to change things if they aren’t working (that part is always hard for me). i used to never put eyes or pupils in my characters. after almost 2 years of hearing that i would be more marketable if i added eyes, i did. and then i got a lot more jobs. finding the right balance of staying true to yourself and taking constructive criticism is important.
and then just draw some more.
what camera do you use to take your photos?
i use a canon rebel xs1 EOS. it’s almost too fancy for me, i get nervous when i use it.
do you sell your illustrations?
i really want to open back up my long abandoned etsy shop and sell some prints. but until that magical day happens i am selling a few prints over at society 6.
what are your tattoos of?
yay tattoos. i have a sea monster eating a ship on my forearm, a hot air balloon on my upper arm, backwards text on my wrist that reads ‘this love is parasitic’, my beloved knuckle tattoos that say ‘es ist’ (which is ‘it it’ in german) and an on a whim best friends poke and stick tattoo of an arrow on my pointer finger.
how many illustrations do you make in a day/week?
i am a very fast illustrator. which is great for me! i usually get about 2 or 3 illustrations done a day. i do one or two for this blog, then work on work illustrations that i actually get paid for, then work for a side project that i don’t really feature on the blog that often. on a good day i can get maybe 6 done.
though there was this one time that i stayed awake for 48 hours and did 55 illustrations for a rush job. that was fun and awful. but i did it!
what music do you like to listen to?
the talking heads are perfection, lou reed is amazing, the decemberists make me happy, and cat stevens is just a given.
right now i am also enjoying: future islands, fleetwood mac, department of eagles, nancy sinatra, and gorillaz. and a million other songs.
what is your dogs name?
battleship potemkin! after the russian battleship. but we mostly just call her potemkin.
how old are you?
27, which feels both very old and very young at the same time.
how long do you plan to stay in amsterdam?
that…. i have no idea. i like it here! but there are so many other places in the world.
how can i contact you?
all that info is on my contact page.
phew, that was a lot of typing. any other questions just ask.
and now, a question for you. what would you like to see more of / less of on this blog in 2012?