P&G Film 1 Complete!

So for the past few months I've been working with an animation company in Istanbul on a project for P&G Turkey. We worked on two films (I did character design, storyboarding and key frames, and they animated it) and several still advertisements. 

And now finally, the first film is up! (Cue outrageously joyous celebration and dancing)

Word of the Day: March '14

Here are the rest of the Word of the Day pieces for March, horribly belated but here all the same.  

All I'm saying is that Diet Coke tastes like cancer. 3.12.14

All I'm saying is that Diet Coke tastes like cancer. 3.12.14

Ransacking some poor leprechaun's stash. 3.19.14

Ransacking some poor leprechaun's stash. 3.19.14

Some say the Illustrated Word of the Day is too noetic. To that I say, "Whatevs, fool". 3.21.14

Some say the Illustrated Word of the Day is too noetic. To that I say, "Whatevs, fool". 3.21.14

Note: I do not know how to pilot an airplane. 3.24.14

Note: I do not know how to pilot an airplane. 3.24.14

Guess I shouldn't have taken those hotel towels. 3.26.14

Guess I shouldn't have taken those hotel towels. 3.26.14

Word of the Day 3.10.14

It's back! After an ridiculously long hiatus, I've gotten back around to doing the Word of the Day. Feels so good to get back into the saddle of my favorite daily routine.

Today was lovely and warm and incredibly refreshing. The sun was out for an amazingly long time (yay!) and I walked to my favorite cafe in the city to do some drawing. I opened the nearest window, enjoyed the breeze, and chatted with some friends. Overall, it was a wonderful day, the kind that makes you happy to be alive.

Yay for not being sick! 

Yay for not being sick! 

BONUS! Here's a WOTD I did a month ago that I forgot to upload.

Ice cream and Jane Austen work fine for me.

Ice cream and Jane Austen work fine for me.

Thoughts on 50th Birthdays

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Here's a little commission I'm sending off today in honor of a 50th birthday. Inside the 50 are things the recipient enjoys and does (like bottling syrup). 

Having only just passed 25 myself, it's hard to imagine what I'll be doing on my 50th birthday. I'd like to think that I'll have my own family, be settled and successful and happy with my life, and the stresses and troubles of the everyday grind will have passed me by and I'll have everything down pat.

But somehow I don't think that's quite going to be true. I may have a family and enjoy success in my career, but new problems will arise and old stresses will resurface, and it'll all just be a part of life.

Which is okay. 

Commission WIP

Working on several commissions this week in between bigger jobs. Watercoloring is so relaxing!

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Cat & Typewriter

Here it is! The finished original got shipped to its new home in Atlanta, GA, where its new owners are enjoying it immensely (or so I hear). I had a lot of fun working on this piece, and am quite pleased with how it turned out. 

Now available as a print here!

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Sense & Sensibility Sketch Stretch

Sketching while watching Jane Austen has to be one of the more relaxing things I enjoy doing on Sunday evenings. It's a challenge trying to capture the essence of someone when they're only on the screen for a few seconds, but it's really nice stretching my sketching muscles and it forces me to not care about what the end result looks like. (However, sometimes I pause it if I really want to get details. Cheating, I know.) In college, opportunities to be practicing gesture drawing, keeping fingers limber and continuing to learn and improve were everywhere. Now I just have to create those opportunities for myself more consciously. 

So here is the result of an evening with Emma Thompson being a goddess, Kate Winslet being an emotional wreck, Alan Rickman proving he's a surprisingly good Good Guy, and Hugh Grant playing Hugh Grant. And a little Hugh Laurie being a sourpuss. 

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Word of the Day: Wrapping Up 2013

The final words of the year. Goodbye, 2013!

Featuring the lovely Mandy Smith.

Featuring the lovely Mandy Smith.

Featuring Anthony and Chelsea Jones' bundle of joy, Graham! Already kickin' butt and takin' names.

Featuring Anthony and Chelsea Jones' bundle of joy, Graham! Already kickin' butt and takin' names.

Nose to the Grind

Finishing up several Christmas commissions this week, now that the holidays are fast approaching. Here's a little bit of what I'm working on right now. 

Private commission. Work in progress.  

Private commission. Work in progress.  

Multiple portrait commissions. Ready to send off!  

Multiple portrait commissions. Ready to send off!  

Word of the Day: Week 10-16

Here are some WOTDs from September and October. It's terrible that I haven't uploaded them until now! The negatives of a busy schedule and multiple projects going on at once, I suppose. 

Have you seen me around town? It was probably one of my doubles.

Have you seen me around town? It was probably one of my doubles.

I JUST WANT A PONY WHY IS THAT SO HARD

I JUST WANT A PONY WHY IS THAT SO HARD

Featuring the my lovely cousin Brenna! I've named the cats Sludge, Sludgier, and Toast.

Featuring the my lovely cousin Brenna! I've named the cats Sludge, Sludgier, and Toast.

It's all in the glasses.

It's all in the glasses.

ME EAT GOBSTOPPERS RAHH

ME EAT GOBSTOPPERS RAHH

I am sometimes an efficacious artist.

I am sometimes an efficacious artist.

Toast (see 9/23/13) is the WORST.

Toast (see 9/23/13) is the WORST.

Word suggestion by my buddy Keaton.

Word suggestion by my buddy Keaton.

Brussels Sprouts: apparently it's prudent to eat them, but that doesn't mean I have to be happy about it. (10/28/13)

Brussels Sprouts: apparently it's prudent to eat them, but that doesn't mean I have to be happy about it. (10/28/13)

 

Inking Practice

I'm currently working on two different children's books, both which happen to have the word "monster" in the title. Pretty convenient, huh? I'm having a lot of fun coming up with the character designs, and experimenting with inking.

Ink has a life of its own, and I love not really knowing how the lines are going to come out. There's a tangible excitement that comes with working with traditional media, especially paint and ink. There is no undo button- every stroke counts. It's frightening and exhilarating at the same time, and working with digital media just doesn't have the same... life, I guess. After working on several digital projects for the past few weeks, it's incredibly refreshing to go back to real, substantive mediums where every movement of the pen or brush has the potential to be catastrophic- or just right. 

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Word of the Day: Week 9

In honor of the Quarter Quell coming up. Happy Hunger Games!

In honor of the Quarter Quell coming up. Happy Hunger Games!

Here we are at the end of another week. Monday I got back from visiting my parents in their new house in Lancaster, which is always relaxing. My sister and her fiancee came too (along with my sister's newly acquired PS3) and there was much joy, laughter and Bioshock until 4am. I always feel like I can be my natural self around my family, and I don't have to put forth any effort to be someone I'm not. It's a refreshing feeling that I definitely need every once in a while.

I am terrible at being reticent at the right time.

I am terrible at being reticent at the right time.

Featuring Martin Barker, who is actually the best dad on the planet. 

Featuring Martin Barker, who is actually the best dad on the planet. 

Thanks to Calvin and Hobbes, I know how to make a Transmogrifier. I believe it involves a cardboard box and a sharpie. 

Thanks to Calvin and Hobbes, I know how to make a Transmogrifier. I believe it involves a cardboard box and a sharpie. 

Word of the Day: Week 8

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Have I seriously been doing this for eight weeks? It seems impossible.  

This week has been interesting and rather busy- I got to work on some really fun projects including a great band poster and a couple t-shirts. More to come on those when they are finished! 

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Word of the Day: Week 7

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This week has harbored some of my favorite words! Halcyon features my friends Nathan, Keaton and Joe. 

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Word of the Day: Week 5

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And here we are: Week 5. In Which Erin Is Finally Able to Relax and Be a Cincinnatian Again. 

I have been successfully moved in to my apartment in Cincinnati, thanks to my amazing parents and my wonderful friends (upon whom I mercilessly heaped tons of heavy furniture and then pacified by stuffing them with pizza) . 

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Word of the Day: Week 4

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Wow, I can't believe I've been doing this for a month! Crazy. 

This week I move to Cincinnati! I am unbelievably excited. What a great city. 

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Word of the Day: Week 3

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I took a week off to hang out with family (it's tradition), but now I'm back!

I do recognize that those socks look like gummy worms, by the way. 

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