Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Sisters

A week ago I saw the Laika animation 'Kubo and the two strings'. Being a Laika fan, knowing how original their plot lines are, I had high hopes for this film. That being said, I am also one of those people that gets very affected by what people tell me before I see a show. So naturally when the story line was described as being super original, I was greatly disappointed to have guessed the entire plot before it unfolded before me. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. It was entertaining and SO beautiful to watch. I have seen other Laika animations that have seemed more original with the story than this was though. One of my all time favorite shows will always be 'Paranorman'. Coraline and Boxtrolls were pretty great too. Visually though, 'Kubo' definitely delivered and I couldn't have asked for more. Especially the scenes with the Sisters, which is why I had to create a little fan art:


Monday, August 15, 2016

Synchronized Swimming

Real life mermaids came to life for me when I saw Esther Williams movies as a kid. These synchronized swimming beauties made dancing in water look so easy! My sisters and I would do somersaults in our backyard pool and I don't we looked quite so graceful. Watching the olympic event  this week made me want to draw this:


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Diamonds

I grew up watching old musicals. Those technicolored movies magically transported me to lands of dance, humor and beauty. I still love listening to the movies playing in the background while I work and I recently had "Gentlemen prefer blondes" playing on Netflix. I had to stop working to watch Marilyn Monroe perform the iconic song "Diamonds are a girls best friend"... it couldn't be helped. There are some performances that demand undivided attention. Though this movie isn't my favorite of Marilyn Monroe's, that particular song is visually candy for the eyes! Anyone who has seen her movies, knows she steals the scene. So, naturally, I had to draw her.


Friday, August 5, 2016

Life Things

It's been a too long since I posted last and let's just say, life has had its ups and downs.

About a year ago I had a foot injury and it got worse before it finally started to get better. I can officially say I am on the mend, but as my doctor told me, soft tissues takes a long time to heal and there are still plenty of days of recovery ahead of me.

At the time I finally started to heal, I got a new job... and it's pretty amazing.
I now work at a company making artwork for games and apps.
It is so fun and I get to work with really awesome people who are super chill and easy to work with.

Since graduating, I have worked at 3 jobs that allowed me to make pretty cool things, but didn't really fulfill what I was really wanting to do. I mentioned in Will Terry's interview that I didn't really have a sure idea of what I wanted, because all options of children book, animation and gaming sounded appealing. But people around me kept telling me I had it pretty good and that I should be grateful that I had a job in art at all. But I knew I would be lying to myself if I did that. So I kept at it, looking for that dream job that made me happy. Some peoples would be happy in the previous jobs I had, but my personality, passions and goals in life are different than theirs. In no way one better than the other, just different.

So now, I'm in a job that allows me to do all those things I mentioned in Will's interview. I'm creating characters and environments for interactive children books that allow for mini games and I'm learning  a little animation along the way! I look forward to sharing work projects as those games are released.

On the side I have also been able to work on some freelance projects and I hope to share those soon too.



(Title page I created for a freelance Children's Book project)