Sunday, April 15, 2012

Women Painting Pennsylvania: Day One

Plein Air Illustrating? Is that a thing? 

I'm in Pennsylvania following The Women Painting Women: The Expedition and Beyond Show (Pictures of that to come) with several of the artists that were in the show. Their favorite thing to do when they get together is to plein air. I certainly didn't want to be a party pooper. So I hauled my laptop and a chair up the hill and did a little illustrator action!

My sweet setup. I was getting friendly with the bugs. 

This illustration was about three hours. The main thing I learned was to make branch brushes beforehand, so that I have more time for other things!

More about my trip later!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Pattern is a Pattern is a Pattern

This is the illustration I did for Electric Keychain’s A Pattern is a Pattern is a Pattern project.

I seem to have committed Sherlock Holmes art again. I should be stopped.

My idea was based mostly on items that clearly identify Sherlock Holmes: his magnifying glass, pipe, violin, and hat. And the less concrete things: danger, addiction, and music. I didn’t want to use the deerstalker because it’s so silly, and looked really strange with a gun and a skull.

I work in Illustrator, but don’t let that daunt you if you're a beginner. It’s pretty easy; you just need a few specific tools. They are called Pathfinder and Align, and they are my best friends. We braid each other's hair, and they sleep over sometimes.

Read more under the cut.