Category Archives: Illustration Friday

Illustration Friday and App #1

I’ve abandoned my art for way too long so today I decided to set aside the work on my app a bit and participate in Illustration Friday. The word this week is “Suspend”… which got me to thinking about things that hover. Nothing is more beautiful (or dangerous) than a jellyfish suspended in the waves of the sea. This week my son started swim lessons and we began planning our vacation… so maybe the beach is on my mind.

I plan to color this digitally. I feel ashamed to admit that I haven’t done any artwork on my Wacom since I finished the illustration of the Gods in January. It’s about time I get back at it… and I’m truly excited about this one!

I finished the Chapter 1 tutorial of the Titanium Cookbook last night and built my first app. They walk you through most of the build, so it wasn’t a HUGE accomplishment. However, there were a couple errors I had to work through and I’m happy to say that I understand all of the code I’ve done so far.

Titanium LoanCalc Tutorial

NOTE: For anyone who might be following the Titanium Cookbook along with me, there was a big mistake made in Recipe 10 of Chapter 1. After hours of troubleshooting an error code, I did some online searches and found that the chart.js file for Raphael was left out of the book’s download package. The missing file can be downloaded directly at http://bit.ly/tlZjgy

Dragon Magic…

dragon

Some time ago I started piece for Illustration Friday. The prompt word was “beginner” and I imagined this quirky little dragon at his first magic lesson. I have all sorts of stories in my head about his adventures. I hope someday I can share more of them with you.

This week I’ve been working a lot on my conference mentorship piece with illustrator Michael Austin. The assignment he gave us was to create an image based on the theme, “Launch”. I have really enjoyed working with him so far and feel that he has really made me think of ways to push my concepts even furthur than I am already. Since other illustrators are working on the same assignment I don’t want to post the piece before I go to Atlanta… However, after the conference I look forward to sharing the illustration process as his mentoree.  It’s been a great and I know you will enjoy the result.

Illustration Progress…

I’ve been working on a couple of my unfinished illustrations this week and I hope to wrap them up over the next couple of days.



The dragon sketch I was working on before has evolved quite a bit… and I am really excited about where it is going. Sometimes my illustrations start to develop into story ideas and this one is beginning to build quite a tale in my mind. I had planned to turn at least one of my characters into a series of illustrations to show that I can depict consistent characters throughout text… this just might be the one to start with.

safari

I’ve also laid in a bit more background on the safari piece I was working on previously. However, I hit a wall and had to set it to the side. I need to go back in and add the grasses and texture to finish it out… but I’ve been waiting on a bit of inspiration to strike for that one. Hopefully it will come soon.