Monday, July 28, 2008

Business Card Design

I just finished a business card design for a friend. Somehow I've been doing a lot of graphic design projects this summer and very little drawing....which isn't necessarily the best thing. I should spend the rest of the summer drawing so I'm not rusty when I start the new semester! August is going to be a busy month!!

(I took out some information from his contact info, so if you are actually interested in guitar lessons, let me know and I'll pass on the message!)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Painting With Grandma

Recently I had the chance to go painting with my grandma for the first time. Above is the quick painting I did while I was with her. My grandma has produced many beautiful paintings in her life. She used to take classes and go paint landscapes with her friends quite often. She has a beautiful style that, in some strange way, resembles my grandma's gentle, quite, yet strong nature. Sadly, she has not painted in years....many, many years. Just recently my grandpa passed away leaving my grandma feeling lonely after over 50 years of marriage. I can't imagine losing that kind of love and support after having it for so long. During my family's latest visit to see her I brought my paints and some canvases so we could paint together to, hopefully, cheer her up a little and encourage her to start painting again. We went to the park/beach in Idaho and let the scenery inspire us. What a memorable moment for me to paint with my grandma; seeing her at work, asking her questions, observing her techniques, and even sharing some things that I have learned so far in my art career.

I hope my grandma remembers how much she loves painting.
I hope she has been inspired to paint more on her own.
I hope I remember that day forever.
I hope I get to paint with her again.

But I hope, most of all, she felt some happiness that day.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

SILA Website is Ready!

So, A LONG time ago I mentioned that I had a drawing accepted to be on the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles' website. Well, it's FINALLY up for all to see! Check it out! SILA Website. I'm pretty impressed with some of the artworks this year. I haven't been that enthusiastic about past years, but I think there are a lot of good ones this year! The deadline for the Illustrator West 47 is coming up and I think I will take my chances again this year and enter one or two things. We'll see how it goes.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Final Figure Painting

My final figure painting for my summer class. I did so many self portraits that I just couldn't paint my face for the last project. So I did everything BUT that. This class went by really fast...but at the same time not fast enough. I learned a lot of techniques and strategies that I will able to use for future painting and drawing. So overall, I found my class a good use of my time! (thankfully)