so, i’ve made a lot of ink drawings in this past week. and by a lot i mean well over 50. closer to 70 perhaps. and to be honest ? once i started drawing these beautiful vintage italian cars, i just could not stop. i’m serious. it’s been a while since i’ve really used my hand and arm for drawing outside of photoshop :: sad, but true. drawing in photoshop is so superficial (not sure one could actually consider it drawing) :: not only because it’s a computer, but there’s that whole “control + z” thing (ya know, the undo option). this relates back to my distaste for digital cameras. but i will restrain myself from ranting about that topic..
this gig is not yet complete. consider the above just sketches. final(-ish?) sketches, but sketches none-the-less. i’ll explain the details once all is complete, but for now? just admire all those italian cars ! am thinking a tiled pattern of these various automobiles would be great for wallpaper, tiles, shower curtains, boxers (thank you, Ed), pillows, etc. i might just pursue this endeavor..
[liquid Carbon Black ‘Golden’ acrylic on paper]
in an earlier post, i discussed a certain equestrian prize list that i did a series of illustrations for. part of their compensation for these illustrations was the choice for a quarter, half, or full page black and white advertisement for this here lil’ studio of mine. being the greedy person that i am, i opted for the full page. a larger ad must mean more exposure, which in turn must mean a higher chance of getting hired to do some work, right? well, that’s my logic at least, but i will be the first to admit that i am one of the most illogical people i know.
i’d like to give a shout out THANKS A MILLION to Liz C. and Nacole B. for giving me such a great opportunity. i’m not entirely sure when the prize list will become available, but i’m under the impression it’s set to hit the printers in the next week or two.
i am currently in new york city (well, brooklyn to be exact). it is very hot here. it actually feels like summer here. my pale seattle body is not accustomed to such temperatures :: think high 80’s, possibly low 90’s and so muggy the air feels thick :: it feels fantastic and the city, as usual, has me swooning. lots of photographs being taken, pictures being drawn, and so forth.
i am catching the china town bus early saturday morning, am very stoked. heading to maine for a three day sailing trip. i hope my cameras and sketchbooks are ready for a whirlwind of activity..
[digital design + black & white nikon photograph]
why, hello there. i haven’t forgotten about the photographs i promised to post on wednesday. unfortunately, the amazing lab i have them printed at it is only open during limited business hours and not open on weekends (convenient, eh?). i really shouldn’t complain because they do extraordinary work. it’s just that when i drop my film off, i become excessively eager to pick up my photographs. it’s like christmas. or maybe even better than that. unfortunately, their hours did not align with my own hours (i picked up a couple extra shifts this week) and i will not be able to retrieve my photographs until monday. sigh. once again, i’ll go ahead and cry you a river, but i do thank you for your patience.
so, in the meantime, i’ve been quite busy. and by “quite busy” i mean really really super duper busy. i had all of these wonderful assignments fall onto my lap and most (no, wait, all) of them are time sensitive. as in, they are due this coming week. actually, i’m lying. two (or was it three?) were due last week and i received extensions because i was so swamped. this is a juggling act. the life of a freelancer is all about the ebbs and flows – and when it flows, i swear, the work pours in from every side and you most likely end up like me, awake most (if not all) of the night (mm, er, morning) between your day job(s) and ya know, the rest of your life, trying to keep up with the demand. do not confuse this for complaining. i am grateful to have the work, believe you me, it’s just that i’m a little bit tired. all nighters are like taking swift punches to the gut. they didn’t used to feel this way, but apparently at the age of 26 they really start to have a negative physical impact.. not to mention, my stamina is totally lacking.. i’m yawning. a true all nighter should be pulled without yawns, complaints, or serious changes in mood. so, forgive me if i seem a bit ‘off.’ lack of sleep does not do good things for me, apparently.
alright, alright. i’ll quit ranting and raving about the lack of photography and excessive workload and explain these illustrations. as if you didn’t know this already, i ride horses and have been riding for sixteen years. that said, i have made many a friend in the horse industry – one of them happens to be a wonderful gal by the name of Liz who assigned me the task of making some simple black and white illustrations to fill some gaps in the Menlo Charity Horse Show prize list (don’t know what a prize list is? google it. i will just be more of a rambling fool if i explain it here). it also happens to be their 40th Anniversary this year, so i was also given the opportunity to design the little banner for that. however, that is not going to be posted because as of yet it has not been approved by the powers that be. it was a fun assignment. it should go without saying that i enjoy drawing horses and anything horse related, but this was a particularly fun little gig and i am quite eager to see how they look once printed. i’ll give you the low down once i get my hands on a copy of the prize list.
my business cards & my postcard sized business cards arrived on friday (not sure if they can be considered business cards if they are the size of a standard postcard..). as usual, the printer i used did a great job and i am totally satisfied with the results. a friend of mine even told me they look almost professional, which i find quite amusing.
i am leaving for San Francisco in the morning for the opening of the show at Kokoro Studio. one last visit to my favorite camera store in the morning and then i will be hitting the road. a stop in Portland to visit a dear friend and i’ll find a parking lot in Medford, OR to take a quick little nap (in the back of my car) before continuing on to my final destination. i have many people to see and many things to do and many pictures to take and many sketches to draw. i am stoked and tomorrow can’t come soon enough. it’s 2:30am. am heading to bed shortly, only just got “finished” getting all my stuff ready to go. i know that i’ll only be gone a few days, but there was an obscene amount of things that needed to be taken care of before my departure. you know how it goes..
here’s a shot i took of the san francisco fisherman’s wharf a few years back (think, 2006-ish). can’t wait to get some new pictures with my new camera (!!).
i’ll be m.i.a. until sunday or so. or not. we’ll see.
see ya on the flip side. xxx
[nikon 35 mm + black and white film]