So lately I've been trying to get more work as an illustrator. I am also trying to find an agent so I feel I need to add a bit more variety to my work to make it more appealing to agencies. I want them to look at my illustrations and feel like they can work with me. Since most of my illustrations are portraits I've been limiting myself a bit in regards to the type of work I can do. I can do stuff other than portraits after all!
I thought I'd post some work I've been doing! I started a newsletter a little while ago and in an effort to get people to sign up I offered to do kind of cartoony avatar style portraits for free for a limited time! The response has been great! So great in fact that I am still working on them! I've got about 9 or so left to go and then I am done! FYI, I am offering to do portraits like this for $100 a piece! Check it out!
Last night I watched a class on Skillshare called Digital Illustration: Design Your Avatar by Ryan Putnam. It was great and inspired me to make this little cartoony avatar of myself! It was fun!
So I am using Square Space again. I used to use Square Space a few months ago but when I learned that Adobe Portfolio was included in a Creative Cloud membership I thought I'd give that a try. I had a Creative Cloud account so I figured I could save a few bucks by trying out Adobe Portfolio. It was underwhelming. I mean it was easy to use and all but I found it pretty limiting in what I could create with it. I also recently learned that knowing how to use Square Space is a valuable skill for a freelancer such as myself to use.
Well it's been since May since I posted on here. I had intended to post on this blog as much as possible but that sort of fell through the cracks in the last few months. My day job has sort of taken over for a while. First I quit my job of seven years at Elite Sportswear because I needed a change of scenery. Basically I was unhappy there and wanted to work for a new company and meet new people. Before I left Elite I was offered a job at Gateway Screen and Press or otherwise known as Print Machine. Print Machine is the retail part of the business. I was there for a month and a half before being laid off. This is the first time I've ever been laid off and it's a new experience for me. Whenever I've had a long period of time off work it's been because I was on vacation, not looking for a new job.
So where do I go from here? I am not sure yet. At this point I am entertaining all new options. Whether it be going to work at another screen printing and awards shop or a new career entirely. I find the idea of a new career entirely to be very intriguing. One thing that highly appeals to me is getting more involved with the arts again. After High School I went to Grant MacEwan for Fine Art and then from there moved on to graphic design and illustration but at this time I am starting to hear the call of Fine art again and would love the chance to work in the arts. Whether it be at an art gallery or even an art store. Basically anything that allows me to work in a creative atmosphere. Whether it's creating art myself or helping others to create art and be inspired by art.
Where do I go from here? I am not sure but I can't wait to find out! I am sure it will be an exciting time for me! Time to find out what's out there waiting for me.
Here is some art I've done recently!
I did this design last weekend! I am pretty happy with how it turned out!
Going to probably be putting it up for sale soon!
I am putting in serious effort to get clients so I can start doing editorial illustrations and illustrations for magazines. I got a 300 postcards made and I am starting to send them out! Wave 1 went out this morning and Wave 2 will be going out soon. I've also started working on adding more context to my work. I do a lot of portraits but I want my illustrations to focus more on telling some kind of story or conveying some kind of emotion. I just completed this new illustration. I call it The Book of the Dead!