Saturday, August 17, 2019

Postcards: Clerical Error Bonus Episode

I made this card, but I forgot to scan both sides.

I have no idea who I sent it to, which is unfortunate, both for my record keeping but also I think this is one of my more satisfying designs.

If I sent you this card, shoot me a message; I will remove it from the Misc. folder.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Postcards: The Gazelle and The Lion

In my Instagram art reference collection I found these animals playing a board game.

Pretty cool, right?  It has a bit of an illuminated manuscript feel to it, to me.  I like the texture and the earth tones.

It felt both like something I could draw and like something not specifically my style, so I went for it.

Are you wondering about that cloud of pencil lines across from the gazelle?  That's the remains of a wasp I thought was unsuccessful. 

I did not feel like I had the skill to make it clear that parts of the legs were below the water level.  Drawing something floating is hard.

So I abandoned it, erased it, and used the card for Gazelle and Lion card.

I think I only used three colors beyond white and black.  Maybe four; I might have used two yellows.  Since part of the appeal of the inspiration image was the earth tones, I stuck to brown, red, and yellow.

Okay, so I lied a little bit.  I forgot about the grey along the bottom, and I was not counting the ink I used for the texturing.  The grey is an earth tone, I would argue, and the ink was brown.  I was basically not lying, and it got you to keep the tones in mind as you watched me build up the image.

Next up, as I usually do I started seeing if I could work stamps into the layout.  I sent Jen the following two images and asked for her advice.

Her advice boiled down to "odd > even."  I went with a three stamp approach, and used the numbers to sneak in a Cincinnati shout-out. 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Postcards: Honey Bee

Instagram has been very useful for me as a tool to store references.  I know I could use Pinterest.  I have a Pinterest account; I almost never use it.  It is just not in my brain as one of my processes.  So I use Instagram.  I post almost daily; it's part of my routine.  I am not organized enough to keep my reference saved into anything other than one big pile, but at least I have that pile.

In my pile of art-to-look-at-later, was this bee.

I like it.  It does not look like a bee, but it has style.  I am still in a phase of trying to make art that does not look like I made it, so an ancient wall painting seemed like a good place to start.

So there's a bee.  I mucked about with it a little already; it is my nature.  Part of my original attraction to the piece, I think, was the texture.  This is a very white postcard.  I need it to not be such a white postcard.

Texture is building, but the card is still sparse.  I tried sneaking in a bit of map and a bronze artifact.

So the texturing brought the three elements together while also just flattening the whole thing out.  Dammit.  I thought I could either try to build the bee back up to the forefront, or just keep throwing on elements to see what happens.  You can probably guess what I went with.


Oh well.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Drawing: Sitting at the Register

 Here is what I could see from the register.

I tried to then draw that between customers.