Things I am: an on-staff illustrator and character designer, a cover artist, a member of CloudScape, a rainbow.
I’ve finished my first two weeks at Kibooco, the kids’ book company! It’s so awesome I can barely believe it. My job is perfect for me in so many ways, and not only do I get to draw unicorns, princesses and puppies on the job, but I’m learning SO MUCH just from being there! Here’s some of the stuff I’ve been drawing at work:
Working on some character designs for an upcoming interactive story book. …. Yes, the last character is a peanut. I’m thinking of giving him shuttershades.
Illustrations for an alphabet book! D is for Dinosaur, U is for Unicorn, and Y is for Yeti. Hooray cryptozoology!
More illustrations and ideas for stickers/stamps.
Studies and initial explorations for the puppy character.
Early explorations for a made-up character called a Ploof. (Can you believe this is my dayjob?! What what. Fantastic.)
Now, for some other work:
I finished this book cover! The project has been in the works for quite a while, but now it’s DONE! I’m going to be making a blog post on the process I used to design it. I think this is my best work so far!
Updated the illustration portfolio. Notable additions include the above book cover, a collection of my life drawings from the Vancouver SkyTrain Sketch Group and a collection of character sketches.
As part of my turning legal initiative, a few weeks ago I finally purchased licenses for the software I use to do my art and design work. It’s hard to feel like a real pro when you’re using pirated software. It’s a mindset thing. I now own licenses for Paint Tool Sai and Adobe CS6 Master Collection Student Edition! It was kind of nervewracking to spend that much money on Adobe, but I think it’s more than fair considering I’ve been using their software for years and years and years.
I’m now an official member of Cloudscape! I started going to the meetings and I’m starting to get into the groove of it. They recently raised the money to print their latest anthology, Giants of Main Street. Can’t wait to read it! I’m working on a character submission for a project a member is running on the topic of Canadian heroes. I’ve been learning so much lately about story and character and theme and I’m trying to apply all of that into my character/story creation, so I’m struggling a bit with settling on an idea I love, but hopefully will soon.
Also… other projects on the go. Comics, books, stuff! I have big plans for the coming year! I’m taking it to the next level! WHOOHOO!
Lastly, my friend Jenni got engaged, so the logical thing to do was to become a human rainbow.
Posted on May 19th, 2012
Filed under: Creating, Feeling Awesome, Learning, Living (All Posts), Making Money, Socializing
Topics: character design, children's books, Cloudscape, comics, cover art, illustration, portfolio, rainbows, sketches
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