Monday, February 16, 2015

More round paintings - yay!

I made 6 more round paintings in the last few days.
We only have to submit one for Lilla Rogers' Bootcamp class,
but my love for painting on wood has been reawakened.

Rudy Rides! Bike Chase on Boardwalk

I like chase scenes.

I found an image of clotheslines on Pinterest that I liked, then later stumbled 
upon a panda toy hanging out to dry, soooo I couldn't resist.

I wanted to include another face with decorative flowers in the series
and thought it would be nice to paint a younger girl in springy fresh colors.

Peacock with babies and daisies

 A peacock seemed perfect for the round format.

Flirtatious Lion, in touch with feminine side ;)

Hope you've enjoyed seeing these as much as I've enjoyed painting them.

I have to decide which to submit by our deadline this Sunday 2-22. 
I think I have a favorite, but will see which lasts in my mind :)
Which one would you choose?

Thanks for stopping by!
Stay warm East Coasters!!

xo, A

Thursday, February 12, 2015

I love painting pictures

  I just shared my sketches for the MATS Bootcamp class I'm taking
on Monday, but I wanted to show these painted versions on wood. I like them a lot!
Hope that doesn't sound bad, but somehow simply switching to the round format
feels * Fun* Fresh * Fabulous ;D

Our final assignment is to create a piece of wall art on a round wood panel.
Several years ago I had bought a bunch (too many) of 5" and 7" panels for prints I was creating.
I'm glad I held onto these, they're even notched on the back for easy hanging.

These are on the 7" diameter size. I wish they were larger, but they're sweet.

I have to go back onto a TV job tomorrow, so we'll see if I have time 
to make more before the end of the month.
I feel like I could keep going and going.

And now 
onto some (pretty awful) photos from a pretty great 
event at Society of Illustrators Tuesday night.

Nate Williams spoke about his process for creating art 
and discussed his 1st two picture books.

Afterwards there was a Q&A with a fun informative panel-
James Yang, author/illustrator
Giuseppe Castellano, Art Director/Penguin Young Readers
Jim Hoover, Assoc. Art Director/Viking Books
and the lovely Kirsten Hall, Agent/Cat Bird *(website, a work in progress)
She baked chocolate chip cookies for the whole audience.
They were delicious, too!

Nate's talk was funny and full of some gems to consider when working on story ideas.
I attend a fair number of talks about creating picture books, but this was better 
than most, in part, because the audience had good questions 
and the panel was straightforward in their answers.
I also learned that James Yang is quite funny!

I received an original print for being one of the first 15 to arrive.
Friends may find this funny, since I'm often running late.

I bought Hank & snOliver and a couple of journals.
Nate is incredibly nice. I know a lot of you illustrators know him
from Illustration Mundo, I'm not really clear if he's still running it or not.
I know he had featured my friend, Kristine Lombardi's work there
and they had had phone conversations about the industry in the past.
I was happy to report that she was busy meeting a deadline
for her 2nd book to be published by Abrams.

The best part of the night was when the panel all agreed that this is a 
"Golden Age" in children's book publishing, not only in terms of numbers
of books being published, but for the sophistication of images 
being created for them. 

Hmmmm, if I can't break into this now ...
 well, I'm gonna leave on a high note!

Have a great weekend!
xo, A

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sketches - scenes with animals - no surprise, I know

Hello there

I had a cold over the weekend :( but it kept me in to do a few more sketches for 
MATS Bootcamp class. Our "mini" assignment was to research and sketch 
scenes for plates. Apparently, our final piece will not be plate design.
This is basically, the warm-up, which is quite fun :)

I enjoy Lilla's approach, giving us specific parameters to work within, 
while encouraging a loose playful start.

I'm sticking, predominantly, with children's imagery.
Of course, Pinterest makes it easy to find anything you're drawn to drawing, so to speak!

These were fun to draw.

So far, I really like this guy.

I'm excited to learn what the actual assignment will be.
Wish me luck.

Have a good week!
xo, A

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Leap of faith

I've been pretty busy lately painting sets on the TV show The Following
so I haven't had much time to post here.

I'm working with a great fun crew which makes all the difference. 
It's nice to occasionally see Kevin Bacon on set when they're shooting nearby, 
but I'm still waiting to catch a glimpse of James Purefoy.
I loved him as Mark Antony in HBO's series Rome
Maybe tomorrow ;)

I do have a couple of new little paintings to share. 
Above is a quickie dog portrait, happy terrier!

Below, is my Manifesto for Lilla Rogers MATS Bootcamp class.
We have until the end of each month to complete our
regular assignments. This was an optional project,
incorporating Lilla's teaching philosophy, with an opportunity 
to have your piece showcased in coming months.
 I didn't have a chance to create anything until Sunday 
(with little time to spare before deadline) but I decided to give it a go.
I'm not thrilled with the lettering, but overall it's pretty cute I think.

I've always embraced play, but taking a leap of faith
by showing work to agents, publishers and product manufacturers ... 
is something that's taken me a long time to do!

It's a good night for tea (16 degrees and falling fast here on the East Coast, brrrrr

Thanks for taking a look. Stay warm!

xo, A


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