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A boy & his fish

August 26, 2014

I’ve never done animation. I don’t really think it’s a course Art Center College of Design offers. I was a straight up illustration major. At the time I was attending ACCD (2001-2005), there wasn’t an entertainment track. Publication was celebrated, everyone who was anyone did editorial illustration- or they’d suffer the harrowing hardships that is the fine art gallery world. I never really bought into that whole thing. I loveeee illustration and it’s obviously great. It takes a lot of work to create a story in a single image. Illustration has it’s value, and the skills I learned in the foundations at Art Center were beyond measure. I didn’t want to do editorial though, I am not one for continually trying to sell myself or hitting the streets with constant barrages of self promotion. (I know, I know, I have a blog now; the irony isn’t lost on me that I am self promoting).

Instead of going the editorial route, I wanted to have a “real” job or somewhere I could have some type of security. I have no issues psychologically with being a “corporate artist” in fact I rather enjoy it. I like working for Disney and I like the collaborative nature that a film, animation and gaming bring to artistry. While I am pretty introverted personally, I never particularly held much value in my work as an individual. So while I was at Art Center I changed majors twice to get classes I thought would be more valuable than Illustration 1,2 & 3 along with the other required editorial based courses. Instead I took film classes, storyboarding classes, and 3D modeling classes. In the early 2000’s computer graphics were just starting to get good, the computer was being utilized more and more as an industry medium and physical painting was on it’s way out. So I sort of paved my own way through the education system of Art Center and created what I thought I needed to make it as a corporate artist. I guess I was successful!

Though I don’t do animation I have been trying to get that style in my drawings. I love the fluidity that story artists and visual development artists have in animation. They have such a playful style and their line work and expressive drawings are enviable. Gestural drawings were not all that celebrated at Art Center. Realism and anatomy coupled with technique were definitely emphasized. As a result you end up with that cookie cutter design style you see from the students graduating from ACCD. Not bad obviously because they’re fantastic artists… just sort of stiff.

This mermaid has nothing to do with anything, though it is an animated gif.

Pearls & Hearts

August 25, 2014

Sometimes you just have to lounge about looking fabulous.

River rafting was excellent. My husband flew out of the raft in a two part rapid called “lost hat” followed by the infamous “satans cesspool”. He was rescued by another boat full of rafters and suffered only the laughter of others. We’ve been rafting the same river in a program called Raft 4 Life that is part of a charity drive for the type of cancer I had called Angiosarcoma. It’s a really stupid cancer with a crap prognosis. All the money goes to trying to kick it’s ass. It’s been a long road. It’s one of those events that is so fun, that you forget you have a disease for a little while. You not only forget your mortality you ENJOY yourself, which at times can become so rare when you’re sick.

So FU Angiosarcoma.

Monday’s mermaid was fun. I don’t have a lot of time these day’s with the crazy schedule at work I’ve been keeping but I somehow find the time. I liked this one quite a bit. It seems at though my little social media communities prefer the more rendered mermaids. So I’ll try and keep that up! Even if it takes a little longer.


Feminine lines

August 20, 2014

I may have mentioned that I am not a great painter. I LOVE line work though. I was always on my game in a figure drawing class. Contour lines to me are the easiest way to describe a form. I loved doing life drawing, and the more corpulent the model that happier I was to draw them. In my own life I prefer to be fit. I like being healthy and able to run up a mountain if I felt the desire to do so. However something about drawing hips, butts and describing the form in soft shapes makes me happy as an artist.

I like the way this drawing turned out. That’s not something I usually say. I think the simplicity is what makes me happy about it.

Chub on.

Scuba Cat

August 19, 2014

Quick update at lunch. I have a very awesome friend that loves kitties probably even MORE than I do… which I admit is no small feat. I drew her as a mermaid with her scuba kitty Leondegrance. I call him ‘Leondegrance in his underpants’ when I see him in a sing-song fashion or Leotard because he’s objectively kind of a naughty kitty. BUT CUTE, and fuzzy, which is pretty much all it takes for me to like something!


August 18, 2014

So I am entering a two week brainstorm session. This means 8-5 all day meetings around a light table. It means I have NO idea how I am going to draw anything blog related. I guess this is what lunch is for. So in essence I have the next 9 minutes to pump out a drawing, eat lunch and write a blog post. Good thing I am fast. So this is my office. It sums up pretty much exactly how I feel about Mondays. Like… oh you have work to do? Too bad, Ima watch cat videos until my eyes bleed.

This cycle repeats itself every Monday and sometimes Friday. Since I am in an all day meeting THIS Monday, I feel funny and like I might need a hug.

Mermaid Maladies

August 14, 2014

Mermaid maladies and other deformities. Fish Biscuits could have friends… but she’s generally less attractive than they are, except maybe Sea Pig.

Poor Fish Biscuits

August 8, 2014

Why mermaids? Once I saw a fat mermaid on a guys arm. I liked it. I’ve been drawing chubby mermaids since. It became a thing, now it’s a blog. Actually I’m not even entirely that excited about the concept of mermaids, but it IS an excuse to make me draw and update regularly. Tiiiiime to start a comic I think.

It’s going to be called Poor Fish Biscuits. We’ll see how long it lasts.