I have had people asking about purchasing my recent illustrations and thank you! I’m thrilled you like them! I have been drawing forever and it's always the first part of any painting... getting that wonderful flurry of an idea down. Sometimes sketching acts as a map, other times it's barely there but it is definitely part of my painting process.
This current work is illustration for the love of illustration. They are not paintings. They can't be sold. The type of illustration I am doing has to be used, stuck on something, made into something: a comic, a children's book, a newspaper editorial, a magazine cover, a pack of cards, a greeting card, a print...
It’s an art form absolutely but it’s not a painting. Having my paintings bought and placed in people's homes is the most wonderful experience. Creating sketches to be framed and hung doesn't do anything for me but seeing them on a page in a magazine or putting together a publishing project, absolutely! So exciting! Getting hired to illustrate is very very cool.
I hope to get back to painting in the Fall but I doubt I will be able to paint as much as I used to. The last time I painted, I couldn't open a door handle for two days. 15 anti-inflammatory supplements a day, two joint splints and hand rest and my hand is just OK. No cure, only finding that magic balance of care and working it.
So, illustrating is part of the new balance. I am loving it because it's fun as hell and also doesn't stress my hand at all. Being an illustrator is different and just as exciting as being a painter. First off, although I may make an initial sketch on paper (napkin, bookmark, back of my hand...), the illustration is ultimately worked on using digital illustration software. This does not mean the software draws for you. It is a collection of tools. It’s exactly like sitting down to a piece of paper with a pencil, an eraser, paint brushes and paint. You still have to make something. The art of it is real, still original, still creatively made. The illustrations just happen to be something completely different done in a completely different way for a different purpose, than a painting.
My projects right now include illustrating for other people and their projects, a partner project, an illustration portfolio page for my website, an illustrated book. I also have a whole different style of editorial illustration that I'll be sharing this summer!
That these recent illustrations resonate with you is so great because I love working on them but they must be appreciated for what they are. Crazy, whimsical, creative, original illustrations in a digital format that, in this series, celebrates quirky characters, wacky family members and old school vintage.
If you have any questions about different processes, about digital illustration, about painting, about arthritis(!), about anything creative, please feel free to email me or message me. I am happy to share whatever I know.