This week I've been devoting my creative energy into forming an accordion book full of patterns! I'm designing it to also include tear out postcards and stationary. I'm hoping to have this project completed within the next month and out on the market. I'm including a sneak peak in this post with some of my experiments, tbd for the final project cuts. Hope you enjoy it!
This week I had some company in town, and while we had oodles of fun together, I ended up not having a lot of time for studio! After they left a few days ago I decided to focus on getting a better grasp of Adobe's Illustrator program. Illustrator has been something I use occasionally, but truthfully I've never invested a lot of time in it. So, I ended up browsing behance.net and found some graphic design work I really enjoyed, and decided to re-create it using Illustrator and my own personal twist. I want to keep pushing the limits of what I can do.
This week I ended up making a bunch of little doodles and collages I would love to turn into greeting cards. I've been working on some typography exercises too, and hopefully it will allow me to turn this side project into something bigger!
And weekly painting/pattern update:
And lastly, I have some collages that need a home. I revisited some of my older drawings in my portfolio and redid them (so I actually like them now). For those of you who don't know me personally, or if you just didn't know, I constantly repurpose everything when I feel like something hasn't reached it's full potential. In short, I destroy my own work all the time, but it's usually with the intention of making it better. Enjoy the collages! These guys are both pretty big, roughly 2'x3' each.
Last weekend's show was successful! It was a juried show featuring local artists in Sarasota. There was a great turn out, and I ended up coming home with 8 ribbons- all 3 of the photographs I entered (the black and whites from the Relics series) received a 3rd place ribbon along with one of my paintings (Reflections) and one sculpture, another sculpture won 2nd place and was purchased by a cute elderly couple that loved it, another sculpture won 1st place, and another won Best in Show! The sculptures (Ore, Squish, Crumbling, and Shell-Shocked ) were all part of my Relics series as well. I was able to show a total of 17 works, so for almost half of them to come home with a ribbon on them is pretty exciting. It was nice to get my works out in the community, since I'm new to Sarasota and don't have a lot of contacts in the art scene yet.
On another note, this last week I have been making some new patterns in addition to getting some products out there! I'm still working on rebranding my Behance profile, but so far it looks the same because I'm having some issues with uploading content...
Anyway, here's a sneak peak at the products:
And of course, pattern updates as well! And a tattoo commission...I'll upload a pic when it's officially inked in.
I have some fun highlights from this week I'm excited to share with you all! I entered my work into some contests a little while ago and one of my pieces, Florida, received an Honorable Mention from Light Space & Time online Gallery! You can check out it out here: https://www.lightspacetime.art/landscapes-art-exhibition-3-dimensional-art/ . This is a cool deal because there were 658 entries from around the world and it will give my artwork some more online traffic which I'm very happy about.
I also heard back from 805Lit.org and my work has been chosen to be in their next anthology issue! 805Lit is a Manatee Country based Lit & Art journal that's available both online and printed. Their focus is on showcasing emerging artists and writers and distributing their work throughout the community. It was mentioned in November/December 2016 in Poets & Writers Magazine as a top "must-read."
I will also be having a local show this weekend at the Field Club in Sarasota. My work has been on display since yesterday and we'll be having an opening night party on Saturday. I'm excited to get my work into the community, finally!
In other news, I did make more patterns this week. A couple of them are still in progress, but I'm going to focus on pulling them together more next week as well as re-branding my Behance.com identity. My behance hasn't been updated since 2014 or something insane because my life was busy...and I can't say what's there is really even my favorite work... I would like to transform it into a really fun extended gallery to show off my favorite patterns and products from Society6, and when it's ready I'll add the link for you in my "Patterns" category.
Cheers to this week!
Not as much to post as last week, I've been working on finishing up a commission that got sent out today! It will be in the Bayshore on Hilton Head at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Naturally, I had to make some crazy patterns out of it:
I also revamped the comfort food pattern and turned it into a more interesting half-drop repeat, with alternate black and white (I'm amazing I know):
Everyday I challenge myself to make something, even if it doesn't turn out successful. Every week I upload my favorites, here. This blog will be full of experiments, accidents, and creative mantra.
This is week 1, feedback always welcome.
Lately I've been wanting to experiment with hand lettering, album cover design, and patterns again. Here's a look at this weeks digital sketchbook.