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more illos

here’s acouple illustrations i did for the illustration portfolio class i’m taking. the assignment was a passage from a book about some kid and he gets off a bus and is attacked by bugs, in a funny way. when they land on him someone makes a comment about “love bugs.” (thus the dancing bugs). there were some mixed reactions to the big blue mouth. which admittedly is pretty big….and blue….thoughts?

illustration portfolio class

this guy needs some work (mainly the arm, and some color adjusting)
my other version

i think this class is really good for me already. the class has critiques every week, which i desperately need. i need to get comments on my work AND i need to present my work confidently without being intimidated by….well everyone.

i mentioned my extreme lack of confidence to a girl in my class and she said you should just practice, which was so funny, because i’ve presented scads of times for ad clients, and always practiced then. when i practiced i did quite well i have to admit. i never connected it to making myself practice to present my own stuff that i actually care about. so yeah, confidence is practiced, at least for me, so i’ll be working on that!

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renegade low down

let it go on record that this was the year we had a good renegade! yay! and i really think it has everything to do with being in a breezy happy park. our best year, by a long shot, that we’ve had yet, so it just felt good. even better, jerry and marianne were up for the weekend that made it uber fun all around.

jerry peaks through the grey curtain…
jerry peaks through the veil

marianne writes with the awesomely large and in charge intrepid pen (which will henceforth be with me at every show!)
marianne uses the giant intrepid pen!

this year, i really changed my strategy. instead of, basically, freaking out and stressing and trying to come up with like a gazillion new products (which for some reason i feel the need to try and do), i focused on making my current selection of products better and with a few more options. i also really tried to have a good display setup. i fully know set up is not my forte, but am slowly but surely improving it! i think the biggest score was finding a rug that worked perfectly…and was so super cheap! yay!

the full set up:
yay! the set up!

the moleskines:
chunk o' moleskines

wall of prints, yay!
our print wall

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preppin’ for the renegade

every year i completely psych myself out in getting ready for renegade. but this year i’m staying calm and just doing as much as i can to get things done. i’ve been printing a bunch of prints, new cards, and also focusing on displays!

last week, i made my first real weights. these guys are heavy hitters, literally. but finally my tent won’t be barely be held down by water jugs. i used this very awesome tutorial from nordea of the newnew etsy street team i’m part of. my only mods were that i used 3″ pvc pipe and i mixed the concrete for the bottom first in a bucket and then dumped in it. because of the 3″ pipe, i only needed 1 bag of sand…and they’re still really heavy! it was fun to work with concrete. kinda like baking!

my dad-in-law took this pic…
making my tent weights

settin' and waitin'

i’m jazzed that i’ll have a few new designs and products to show too. since i’m obsessed with pancake monster, i made acouple prints of him (who knows, for a kitchen? i think so!). Banana fantastic is new too. Knocked out acouple new cards as well. i wanted a new baby card so this little giraffe works for me.

banana fantastic and pancake monster

new cards!

today i’m (hopefully) going to be printing these tree seed pods that i found when i did the greenpoint festival. i wish i knew what they were as i usually like to write the name of the organism. printed the backgrounds for these guys yesterday, they’re going to be 8 x10 big inky dinky journals! yay!

sketch…
sketch for drawing

final, always looks so heavy in black. it’ll end up being in blue.
drawing for notebooks

okay, this post is actually getting me excited. i just can’t build it all up in my mind…

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