Monday, May 10, 2010
This is a piece from way back when, sometime before computers, when I was doing a lot of black and white stippling of things. Ah, the memories of putting in hundreds of hours on an architectural rendering that was all little teeny tiny dots. Fast forward to NOW, and not all that much has changed, except now I don't do 'dots' so much as little teeny tiny circles with colored pencils.
Looking ahead, I don't see things changing too much for me. This is how I work, like it or not. I'm just taking stock of where I am, and where I want to go, art and career-wise. I'm in one of those weird "what's it all about, Alfie?" moods. Art Limbo. It seems like most of the illustrators I know are having to juggle more than one (or two or three) 'sides' of themselves in order to make ends meet. Just doing children's books alone isn't always enough anymore. Art licensing takes a 'day job' to keep one afloat until things get rolling. People are teaching, doing workshops, selling in galleries and art fairs, doing online selling (etsy, etc.), selling in shops, doing ebay, and all of that. Illustrators and fine artists who are also 'crafty' are doing that as well (like me with the knitting, which I've stopped for now because it was just one thing too many).
Not sure where I'm going with this. Just venting.
This piece got reworked (the wine glasses disappeared, and grass was added) and became a greeting card for NobleWorks a ways back. But this is kind of how I feel right now - I like all the costumes, but can't wear them all at the same time, you know?