Today’s warmup sketch. Not sure it was 100% successful but it was based on a prompt from the Pose Drawing Sparkbook, “Smarmy”.
I’m trying to be more consistent about making time for a daily practice sketch or warmup drawing in between my client work. This is what I doodled up yesterday.
This is something I need to remind myself of regularly. I figured I’m probably not the only one so I created this meme to spread around. Feel free to share. You can download or link to the original HD image here.
With the start of the New Year I’ve been trying to do a practice warm-up sketch every day. So far so good. This is the first one that turned out decent enough I thought it was worth a post. It’s based on a prompt from the Pose Drawing Sparkbook that reads “Trying to close an overstuffed suitcase.” I started noodling around with the idea of a suitcase full of money and this is what I eventually came up with.
2014 was another full and exciting year for my illustration studio. I’m deeply grateful to have such a fun job where I get to work on so many exciting projects with so many amazing people. Here’s a few highlights from our most recent trip around the sun:
- I worked on several really fun projects I can’t say too much about yet, including some product illustrations for some upcoming Hasbro toys and some local ads for a well-known household brand. Hoping I can say a little more soon.
- I created a couple of spot illustrations for Highlights magazine. You can view them here and here.
- I created some mobile messaging stickers for an upcoming project from a company called Tourean.
- I illustrated a New York-themed coloring page for some Crayola packaging.
- I was able to reveal some rough FPO sketches I did for a Best Buy catalog through the Olson agency.
- I also created some concept sketches for CPC Intersect to use in a pitch to Coca-Cola, with the help of a couple of other local illustrators. (Unfortunately I can’t show those yet either.)
- I was hired by Dugan Design to illustrate a cover for an upcoming humor book.
- Just for fun I sketched up my first ever web comic, the Twinkie Weight Loss Plan. It was probably the most liked and shared thing I did all year.
- I continued to stay very busy doing toy design and concept art for multiple Hasbro projects (which unfortunately I’m not allowed to show).
- I was able to reveal some concept work I did in 2013 for an Incredible Hulk toy for DecoPac, Inc.
- I continued designing animated characters for new VeggieTales DVD’s including Veggies In Space and Celery Night Fever.
- I designed some characters for a new upcoming project from VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer. I can’t yet reveal the final designs but I was able to share some early concepts.
- designed a mascot named Sir Cumference for an upcoming project about weight loss.
- I created some more illustrations using a mascot I designed for Goldfish Swim Schools. I’m hoping I can reveal those soon.
- I also designed several characters for an educational website through an animation studio in California, but unfortunately I don’t yet have permission to share that work either. (I guess confidentiality was a theme this year.)
- We moved! I’m now working out of a bigger, roomier studio in our new home in Burnsville, MN. We are still in the Minneapolis area but now with more elbow room. My new address is on my contact page.
- I was nominated for a Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society in the category of Advertising Illustration. Ultimately I finished as a runner up but it was still a tremendous honor to be nominated!
- Speaking of the National Cartoonists Society, they must be getting hard up for content because I was also featured on the cover of their monthly newsletter.
- I was interviewed twice. First by animation studio owner and author Todd Hampson about balancing work, business, and life as an artist. I was also interviewed on the Creative Independence Podcast where I discussed my what I learned from my Kickstarter campaign for the Pose Drawing Sparkbook.
- Speaking of the Sparkbook, after only nine months I completely sold out of physical copies of the book! Fortunately the digital version is still available along with my new-ish webinar “Bringing Your Drawings To Life”.
- Since I’m making shameless plugs, this year I also released a 2-hour webinar called “Freelancing Tips and Tricks” (available exclusively on TaughtByAPro.com) and “Sketchercise!”, a new PDF sketchbook available on Gumroad or in my studio store.
- I once again exhibited at FallCon and SpringCon, Minnesota’s semi-annual comic book conventions.
- I was a featured panelist in The Pricing Game, a webinar for freelancers sponsored by the Graphic Artists Guild.
- I posted a free download of sketchbook ideas for Inktober.
- I started a YouTube channel. I’m still not sure what exactly to do with it but you might find a few things of interest to watch.
- Like everyone else I took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but with an artistic twist.
- I even took a few breaks to dabble in my sketchbook.
Whew! I’m exhausted just thinking about it all. This was one of the busiest years I can ever remember for my studio, but also one of the most enjoyable. I feel very blessed. Thanks to all of you who have supported me and shown interest in my work over the years. Here’s hoping 2015 is the best year yet!
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