Digital illustration of a few samples of north american wildlife created for Red Wolf Sanctuary. This art will be produced as wine labels for bottles of wine which will be sold and the proceeds used to benefit the sanctuary. This has been one of my favorite projects to work on. I appreciate the work the sanctuary does to preserve and protect our North American wildlife.
An illustration I created for Jack and Jill magazine for their “Pen in Hand” department while I worked as their art director. This was a reader-submitted story that we illustrated and published in the November/December 2013 issue.
One of the requirements was to incorporate some kind of activity into the illustration. For this one, we asked that the reader find the six hidden hockey stick shapes within the illustration. Can you find them?
You saw the sketch of this in my last post, so here is the full-color version. I illustrated this for a children’s book spread with an 8 x 10 inch page size. I’ve also included a version with the text mocked up so you can see how the composition has to allow for narrative text.
I thoroughly enjoy the work I do with “Life and Dog Magazine” as my favorite work usually includes animals and children. This project will be a fun challenge because it will be the first time I get to tell a bit of a story and incorporate facial expressions and identifiable characters in my “Celestial” style. This will be an important piece for my portfolio. I seem to be drawn toward the children’s and educational market, and this will be a nice addition to strengthen my portfolio for that purpose.
I finally finished this illustration. This one was a bit of a challenge just because of the abundance of subject matter. It was created at poster size, so there was a lot of room for “stuff.” That being said, this is also the most commercial use of the “Celestial” style of illustration that I’ve done to date. I plan to continue creating for more commercial purposes. Again, I’m trying to get a more marketable portfolio put together, and showing how my illustration style can be used in specific venues is important.
Well, I finally finished the painting that I tried to work on in Painter 12. I tried and tried to work with it, but the lags and crashes were just too much for me to deal with. I ended up bringing everything in into Adobe Photoshop CS6 to finish this piece.
I think I finally have a system for working in this style in Photoshop. It took developing several custom brushes and working in multiple, multiple layers. But I did get it done. This one is titled “Sun, Moon, Stars.” It is really just a self-promotional piece. The original is 11 x 17 inches. I reduced it and used it as the header image on my website. www.amandascreativestudios.com if you want to check it out.
I intend to do the next one with Thanksgiving motif. I had a sketch all worked out for Halloween, but that Holiday sort of sneaked up on me in a hurry! 🙂 Maybe next year.