Gladiator is in my top 10 movie list, and they just put it up on Netflix! The only logical thing to do was to sit down and watch/sketch it in all its glory.
This is quickly becoming one of my favorite evening activities. I have always been a big movie person, so I love having an excuse to watch an old favorite in order to sketch the characters. This time it was Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Around Easter time, my family has made it a tradition to plow through all three films in one weekend, so watching it always brings back good memories.
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)
Here are the rest of the Word of the Day pieces for March, horribly belated but here all the same.
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.
BONUS! Here's a WOTD I did a month ago that I forgot to upload.
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.
Working on several commissions this week in between bigger jobs. Watercoloring is so relaxing!
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!
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.
The final words of the year. Goodbye, 2013!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This week has harbored some of my favorite words! Halcyon features my friends Nathan, Keaton and Joe.
Getting into the swing of things here in Cinci.
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) .