Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday Coffee

I obviously haven't had enough coffee this week because I almost forgot to post this post. I had this all typed up last night and forgot to hit "Publish". 😅 Pretty sad because it's only the second week! I'm going to think of a picture to put with these and add that later..

Not as much to talk about this week as last. As many of you know I'm on Instagram. What you may not know is I'm doing some giveaways there. You know those images I did for Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 (#30paintingsin30days) and #kidlitart twitter chat's #kidlitart28?  You don't remember? Haven't you been following my blog? 😂 Anyway, I'm giving them away on Instagram! You can join the fun here:

Don't live in the USA? That's okay. I'm not limiting shipping anywhere (yet) so feel free to enter.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

What Progress?

I've randomly decided that Wednesdays are progress days. I'll be talking about my progress (or lack thereof) on these days. I will also be talking about what I hope to achieve for the coming week. Also anything else that may or may be relevant (because why just play in a box when you can also be on the box? 😁).


I have a cold that just won't go away. I could go for another coffee. Toddler on my lap for no given reason but "up".

What I'm Creating

Right now I'm still working on my portfolio. I have 10 images in there right now, so not bad. Mostly I'm trying to figure out what I want to add to my portfolio.

Possible additions to my portfolio:

B&W/ Grayscale images
Spot Illustration and Spreads
Anthropomorphised Animals
Detailed Backgrounds and Domestic/Indoor Scenes

There are lots of other things I want to add to my portfolio but these are my focus right now. I have a lot of images I could ink and stick into my portfolio so I'm going to do that. I've decided that most (if not all) of these will be done on the computer. It's about the same speed to get them done, and most places that want black and white want it to be digital.


March 25th - Have 7-10 B&W/Greyscale illustrations completed (enough to have a page on my portfolio)
March 30th - Know where I'm sending work to. At least 5-10 places.
April 1st  - Have post card finished and sent out for printing
April 8th - 2-3 color spreads finished or almost finished
April 9th - Send out 5-10  Submission Packages

This is my basic schedule and may or may not have anything to do with really happens. The important thing is I made goals. Now to go make some of this happen!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday Coffee

I need to keep posting on my blog, so weekly I'm going to do a series called, "Monday Coffee". I'm hoping to post this early enough every week so that you can read it with your morning coffee or tea. I've had a lot of exhausting weeks, so this could be a lot of incoherent ramblings. You're probably tired too, so likely you'll understand me either way. 😂

This morning I'm listening to Will Terry talk about, "When to Say No to Illustration Work" on YouTube. The funny thing is it's made me feel a bit better about some of the jobs I have taken. I had a book I did for a self publisher called "The Magic Mask". The job itself didn't pay a lot, but it wasn't hard and I am currently using the images in my portfolio. There are times I have turned down work, and I luckily made the right decision. It's hard to know the line, but I think Will Terry's video covers most of it!

I know a lot of people who are using Photoshop to illustrate. If you are a digital illustrator you probably know that Photoshop is the program to use. The big problem is that paying for Photoshop on a monthly basis is expensive. I can't tell you that there is something better out there, but here are some alternatives:

1. Older Versions of Photoshop: I believe you can still buy an older version of Photoshop outright. Many of these older versions will work on a newer computer. If you go too old the disk won't read right in your disk reader. I have a version of Photoshop 4.0 that I haven't been able to use for years, so maybe don't go that old!

2. Procreate on the iPad Pro with an Apple Pen. If you are thinking about getting an iPad you may consider the iPad pro. It is expensive but some professional illustrators are switching to the iPad, because it's like a Cintiq but is more versatile. Photoshop and a Cintiq together are better quality, but this may be a good alternative for you. I have not had the pleasure of using this yet, but I hear great things.

3. Clip Studio Paint (Formally Manga Studio): I have not used Clip Studio Paint for coloring. I had Manga Studio 4EX and was not happy with the coloring portion. I do love the ink pen, though. You can create straight lines, or a more brush like line. The great thing about this is you can use the pen like vectors and adjust each line individually if needed (but you don't have to use the vectors at all). There are good sales for this. This is not being updated as they have sold the company, but maybe the company that bought them out will make newer versions.

4. Corel Painter: This program is fairly expensive, though you can find older versions of the software. This can be used to make beautiful paint like illustrations. The bad thing is the software crashes a lot. I currently have 11. I have downloaded newer versions and they all seem to suffer from the same instability problems. When it does work it's a lot of fun!

5. Krita: I love the idea of this program, but I can not get it to work on my computer anymore. It does have decent brushes and a good layout. This is a free program so it wouldn't hurt to try it out.

6. Gimp: I feel like this is sort of the last ditch resort. Gimp is absolutely free, but it's pretty clunky. I do use it for minor image editing especially after scanning.

Other programs: Here are some other programs I haven't had the chance to try out or heard much about:

Inkscape: (alternative to Illustrator -- Vector software.)
Affinity Photo
Corel Paintshop
Pixelmator (Mac)
Sketch (Mac)

There are also some free online software. I don't like the idea of this, because the software can disappear. Also there is a huge lack of privacy when you do this.

Which programs do you use for your illustrations? Do you know of any great programs I haven't mentioned here?

Saturday, March 3, 2018

30 Days Collaged!

Here is a collage of all the images I did for Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days and Kidlitart28 Hosted by kidlitart chat (On Twitter Thursday nights at 6pm PST). I started putting these together because I wanted to see them all together. I forgot that Leslie has a link up for the collages of all the images as well as each individual day of the 30 in 30. So, what do you think? Which are your first and second favorites? Thanks for sticking with me!  

These paintings are for two challenges: #30paintingsin30days and #kidlitart28  Leslie's site for the 30 in 30:  All of them were painted with Daniel Smith watercolors on Arches Watercolor paper. They were inked with either the Pentel Brush Pen or Micron Pens. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Day 30 in the 30 in 30 -- Yay I'm done!

Today is the last day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days! Yay, me! I'm done. Why thank you dear penguin guy. I will take that crown. I deserve it. 😂

I likely wont be posting every day, but hopefully I'll still be posting quality posts a couple times a week. I love doing challenges because they push me to do my best. Having said that: I always worry that when I do a challenge that I'm not doing what I should be doing. Right now I could use maybe a couple more color illustrations in my portfolio. I could also use a bunch of line drawings, so that's something I'll have to work on as well. Anyways since this is all portfolio work I'll be able to share it with all of you. Here's to the future!

This painting is for #30paintingsin30days Leslie's site for the 30 in 30:  This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked with a Micron pen on Arches Watercolor Paper.  

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Day 29 of the 30 in 30

Now that #kidlitart28 is over I'm going to do a couple more quick paintings for today and tomorrow. This first one is a bird type character. Almost looks like a horse head ostrich to me. I liked the style for the owl yesterday so I'm continuing with that for these next two images!

This painting is for #30paintingsin30days Leslie's site for the 30 in 30:  This image is 2.5"x3.5" colored with Daniel Smith watercolors, inked with a Micron pen on Arches Watercolor Paper.