Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

I know I usually post between the late night hours of 2 am and 7 am, but alas I was sleeping, but better late than never, right? Today is Halloween. Hard to believe because it doesn't feel like it. I will be going trick or treating this evening with my brother. After that, I'm going to watch Night of the Living Dead. I hope everyone's safe tonight. This illustration is a Halloween Party with PIZZA, cupcakes, cookies, and punch. Nosferatu is also there!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Movies.

These are the best Halloween time movies in my humble opinion. It was a tough time deciding if Nosferatu or The Shining would be number fact sometimes they flip flop, but they are both EXCELLENT.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


I don't know what (much) success smells like yet, but it smelled really great when it came in the mail today in the form of my robots design printed in a metallic silver on a black shirt! Word on the street is you can pick one up from a CCS info session. I should go and get seven and just wear this shirt everyday because it's awesome:Also, here is a quick sketch I did of some people at a starbucks.This is kind of a lazy post, but I need a break. Also, it's the one week anniversary of my continuous blog posts. I feel really accomplished, but it's also kind of stressful trying to keep up with the blog. It's a race against time to churn work out, but it's good. So keep your eyes peeled for wild things, halloween something or another, THE JONAS BROTHERS, creatures, Larry David, and more.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My Life In Polaroids.

There's something really great about polaroids that can't be duplicated with any other camera. I enjoy tangible things. I like being able to hold a photo. Sure digital cameras have made taking photos convenient, but I'm a sucker for nostalgia. These are some of my favorite polaroids in my collection. They capture a lot of great aspects of my life. I have 2 packs of film left and they both expire at the end of October. If I could change one thing, it would be to have Polaroid continue making their 600 film, but regardless, life looks better in a polaroid.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Inside The Business of Illustration.

I've been reading this book called Inside the Business of Illustration by Steven Heller & Marshall Arisman. Steven Heller is one of the art directors for the New York Times and he's the co-chair of the MFA design program at SVA. Marshall Arisman is an illustrator and chair of the MFA degree program, "Illustration as Visual Essay" at SVA. I found some interesting points made in the book that I'd like to share. I'm almost half way through the book, and I know some of this may seem common sensical or you may already know it, but I hope it helps.

MA: "It is the illustrator's job, in my opinion, to develop a unique personal voice. Talent is not the issue; how illustrators develop a voice is the issue."
"it is the illustrators' job to present themselves clearly in their portfolio. It is not the art director's job to clear up the illustrator's creative confusion."
"Visually interpreting another's words is at the core of illustration. I am suggesting that learning how to illustrate your own words will strengthen your ability to visualize, in a personal way, the words of others."
"the system for young illustrators is not realistic. Four years of undergraduate study is not enough time for most people to develop skills, find their own visual voice, combine it with personal subject matter, and learn how to problem solve on demand."

SH: "I agree with you that most illustrators' portfolios are too generic, and always have been because their teachers push in that direction. I certainly see my share of portfolios that have a bit of this and that, which offers no insight into the illustrator's passions and interests. But, I've also seen my share of portfolios that are, well, so full of self-indulgent personal stuff that I often tell these people to actually go out and illustrate an existing story on their own edification so I can see how they address real editorial themes. So it's one thing to make work that is personal and another to make work that is practical."
"A great illustration communicates beyond the article that it is illustrating."

Tips/Dos & Don'ts:
SH: The best business practice an illustrator can bring to the job is respect for the art director's opinion, energy for the assignment, and excitement about a new challenge. [Marshall] you point out, they should come fully equipped with their own ideas and vision. This is their foremost commodity as business people. The tips I offer are simple. The portfolio is the illustrator's showroom, so make it sing! It should be edited smartly to reveal an ability to know how to tell stories. If the illustrator is a pure stylist, then it should be beautiful.

MA: At age twenty-eight, I began to make drawings about the things I knew something about. To put it another way, I began to make images that had meaning for me. I spent a year making drawings about guns. To my surprise, they became my portfolio. I now believe that the only way to make a portfolio is to forget about making a portfolio. Concentrate on a series of images based on your own list. Package your series in a promo piece that is the basis for your portfolio. Research the annuals for art directors who have bought images that you respect or have meaning for you. Send them your promo piece, drop off your portfolio. It doesn't matter where they are working, many of them will move to another position in a couple of years. Don't try and create samples for their publication. Show them who you are in your portfolio. Let them decide if your work is applicable. IF you present yourself clearly in your work, you will find that your client list is small but your relationships will be long lasting.
The other dos and don'ts I suggest to illustrators is don't try to be a lawyer. You must protect your copyrights and learn sound business practices but never lose sight of the fact that you are in a collaborative effort. Mutual trust is important. They hired you based on what you showed them. Give them back the level that is in your portfolio.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Omega Epic Post.

So, here is an Omega Epic Post containing a lot of notebook pages that have drawings/saying/quotes/pictures/and found things on them. I'm working on a Jonas posting for my JB buddies and I'm also working on putting together a bunch of good stuff from this book I'm reading for illustrators. Oh and keep an eye out for some cut outs which I'm doing because my buddy Ben wants me to (I expect some watercolor from you, Ben. DEAD SERIOUS). Live to party. Keep it real.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

"Janine! Do You Know Who This Is?"

I've been working on portraits and creating a likeness. I know you can't really rely on your mom for an honest critique because she's biased by default, but I asked her if she knew who this was and she replied, "What do you think? I'm an idiot?" She could tell and that was all of the validation I needed.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

All American.

You know what I love? The movie Stand By Me. What a classic. I did this drawing based off of things from that movie. I worked on making the font look like the original and I also wanted to nail the PEZ font. I had fun with this piece. I feel like Stand By Me is a very American movie so here is a very American house that I found while walking. This is the most patriotic house in America (or it's at least in the top 10).

Friday, October 23, 2009


These two are from my notebook. They're the only two that turned into horizontal drawings. It's only appropriate that they go together. One is of an old gas station and the other is from the inside of a subway. Party on, Wayne.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Well hello world. Does anyone still check blogs anymore? I'm re-vamping my layout. While I'm composing the sketches and what nots that I've been working on, I'll leave you with this drawing I completed when I was 12 years old. What a gem.