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Archive for August, 2010

One of my illustration instructors from Montserrat, Fred Lynch, once warned my class that being a freelancer can be a little lonely at times.  He said, ‘You’ll know when you’re a freelancer when you know exactly what time the postman comes… some of you will even wait to meet him on some days.’ Of course we all giggled.. ‘oh that Fred, so sarcastic’… yeah, no. My postcards are coming today and I haven’t really done much of anything but wash dishes, make coffee and look out the window 532 times.  Where I live is very secluded and it’s very easy to tell when a truck pulls into the driveway.  The UPS truck in particular has a very distinct sound it makes when it rumbles down the long, empty street to my studio. I’m so excited to see the cards I can’t concentrate even though I’ve been working on two separate illustration pieces and some design work. The first one is a finished sketch ready to be painted in my spare time (while I’m waiting for changes to designs or approvals on sketches). I created it because one of my favorite things to do in the Fall is go apple picking and it’s become a tradition for me to go with my mom for a mother-daughter day. It’s almost that time for her to come to the North Shore and go a’pickin’ with me and I thought of another mother-daughter team out there who is also excited to practice their tradition.  Except they have a dog… I want a dog. This piece also inspired me to rearrange some storage space and drag all my mixed media supplies out of the closet and into the art chest (formorly the game chest) I have in my studio area. I’ll be using some beautiful and colorful patterns layered behind the painting of the fall trees behind the characters and underneith them in the grass.
I’m also working on a little spot for New Moon Magazine.  I love this teen-girl ‘zeen and the sweet stories they publish. Here is a sneak-peek at an Irish lass looking very suspicious. What’s wrong? Hmmm… you’ll have to wait and see..

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Smoked Bacon

I thought I’d make a banjo pig for the Guy and Stacey “Deuling Banjo Pig Blog”.  I think their blog collection is a really great idea and I love to see all the cool lil’ piggies done by all the amazing illustrators & cartoonists! If you haven’t checked it out yet you absolutely should. So far they’ve collected over 350 illustrations of pigs with banjos. Maybe they’ll post mine?

Rock on lil’ oinkers… rock on.

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And here it is in all it’s iky-gooky, waxy-melty, skratchy-burn-y-ness.  My Halloween card this year to my peeps.  I had so much fun on this piece I think I blacked out a couple times. The cops showed up and told me to keep the party down and wipe the drool of my chin.

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This painting is actually almost done.  I need one more layer and I’ll varnish it then post it, but it’s never to late to show the sketch.  It’s a little simple because the complexity is in the painting.  I’ll have to find a better way to get the atmosphere and paint effects of the mixed media into the sketch so that publishers will have a better preview of the idea.

I’m a little nervous about scanning it because I used some thick wax in the trees and I’m not sure how my modest HP will grasp that without spitting out a big blurry reflectioned mess.

{insert wish for drum scanner}

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So I know it seems like I haven’t posted in a while, but it’s not that I haven’t been keeping busy. I have a great new website up just in time for my next postcard mailing! Check out: www.TiffanyIllustration.com

I’m also working on a great new piece that’s very ambiguous like my fine art, but still has a great scene with lots atmosphere and character. I’ll post the sketch a little later.

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I wonder where this tired little mariner is headed? Perhaps he’ll travel on a postcard to far away lands.

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This past week I had some freelance design work for a pet product company so I didn’t have a lot of time for illustration, but I did fall in love with this little napkin doodle. I’ll be turning him into a black and white spot I think.

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