In addition to my freelance endeavors, I have recently accepted a position here in Brooklyn as an art instructor in the fields of ceramics and painting! It kind of happened by accident, i.e. meeting the right people, following up on conversations, not letting anxiety get the better of me, and I couldn't be happier! I never realized how much I like helping people discover how good and talented they are. I know there are teachers that I had while I was in college that helped me discover my style, and find my unique voice in the art community, but I guess I never thought I'd get to be in their shoes one day. Below are images of a painting we are working on in one class, as well as some ceramic pieces that I'm hand building in another class. The more I interact with my students, the more I am learning about the direction of my own work as well. I'm forever excited for the changes ahead...
So! I had a really fun job this week, where I was hired to create a quick and simple logo for an up and coming stylist in Massachusetts. Miranda Lynn is a very talented individual who was seeking a design that was modern and feminine to accompany her website and instagram page (both linked at the bottom). The job was pretty quick, and I had a lot of fun working with her! The first image pictured above is the design that we ended up going with, and the second are the thumbnails that I sent her after listening to what she had in mind. I absolutely would take on another project like this, especially if theres such a quick turn around!
CHECK MIRANDA OUT ON:
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Something I've always found really surprising, (until I adopted a cat myself, obviously) is how much pet owners are willing to spend on artwork of their fuzzy friends. Today I had the honor of being reached out to by a pet owner of two kitties who is looking for two smaller pieces depicting each cat and capturing their personalities. This isn't something I've done very often, (though I am now seriously considering it,) so i asked her to write up a little bio on each cat so I can learn about what separates them from other cats. For today, I just wanted to get their faces done; next comes the collaging then painting! Looking forward to it!
...and reflect on how much fun and how many amazing opportunities I've had since I've moved to NYC. Most specifically, an art show I did within my first month or so here. The event took place in the Meat Packing District in Manhattan, and while it was not the type of show I ever thought I'd see myself in, I had SO much fun? I've never been very good at networking, but I felt very comfortable in the atmosphere here, met a couple really incredible artists, and overall had just a really wonderful time. And it opened up a few doors! I will absolutely be applying to and taking part in more shows in the future... for now, here's a picture of my partner and I and our longtime friend enjoying the evening!
At my day job I work with a few other aspiring artists, and due to a current lack of productivity on all sides, we decided to get together and bang out some art. While we did end up spending just as much time drinking beers and chatting as we did working, we did leave with some pretty good progress. I got the coloring done on my Danny Devito portrait:
I drew the portrait in my sketchbook sometime last week, then I scanned it and colored it in photoshop. I really like how its coming along! Next I'll print it, and do an acrylic transfer of the image onto a piece of masonite. I'm going to paint in the background, power-sand it for some texture, and draw on the finishing touches. I can't wait to see this piece finished!
So in an effort to get my website all up to date on what I've been doing for the last little bit, I decided to add a new page strictly for images of my sketchbook. I've uploaded an old one too, so everyone can see how I've been progressing. I think it's cool that I can show everyone my thought processes, rough sketches, and doodles that I'm fond of. Definitely take a look at that.
Also, I have some pretty exciting news! A tumblr blog that I am very fond of, called withapencilinhand, is putting together a zine for the Netflix special Stranger Things, and my illustration of Eleven will be included!!! I couldn't be happier. Check out his blog, and I'll keep the blog updated about release dates. Here's a picture of my girl: