Current Projects & Milestones

  • Milestone: After about 6 hours finished my first digital painting!! I've got a lot to learn.

  • I'm going to try and do a caricature portrait, then paint it digitally but by using the Dutch Flemish technique as close as possible that some of the masters used to use with oils. I just want a super traditional look from it but all digital and on one layer.


  • @Ace-Connell sounds interesting!! keep us posted

  • Great idea! I've got a couple of projects I'm trying to get the energy to start, but I'm finding it really difficult to get myself to pick up my pencils for the last 2 weeks - I feel like I'm in a slump. So anyway, here goes: one project is a donation drawing for a little girl who volunteers for an animal shelter whose building just burned down last week, killing 50 dogs and cats who were inside. She was especially close to one of the cats and one of the dogs, so I'm going to do a drawing for her of them dancing together in a forest (she taught her dog friend how to dance before she died)... The other project is another donation drawing of the 50 furkids who died in the fire - it's for the rescue...My work is whimsical & I think the highly emotional nature of these projects is making it tough. Sorry to be a bummer everyone!

  • @amberwingart great projects. wondering what's keeping you in the slump? my advice is keep a schedule even if it's just 15 min a day of sketching/drawing/brainstorming. be consistent even when you don't feel like it.

    keep us posted!!

  • @carlossketches That's a good idea - I'll give that a try!

  • Current Projects:

    3rd Thursday project (December)
    Marco Bucci critique one Illustration (Due Jan 9th)
    Local SCBWI critique 5 Illustrations (Due Jan 23rd)
    Slam out 10 - 20 portfolio worthy illustrations (Feb-April)
    Create stunning portfolio for conference (Due May1st)


    Painted (traditionally) 10 pieces in 1 month for Portland's 'Big 500' show.
    Sold nearly $1000 of paintings a local show.
    Approached by writer to illustrate her up coming book series.

  • @Katrina-Fowler Lots on your plate!! Keep us posted.

    Congrats on your milestones!! Do you prefer working in traditional or digital mediums? $1K in sales, that's awesome. That's one of my goals to make $1000 a month from my art. I think it's gonna be a while but baby steps should get me there. So cool about the potential comic book series. Round of applause for you!!

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    @Katrina-Fowler Great achievements, you must be so pleased. I've signed up for the Marco Bucci critique session too, should be good!

    Current projects:
    Designing wedding-themed papers
    Painting for Marco Bucci critique

    My next sort-of milestone for painting, is to sort out my edge control. I have a tendency to use soft brushes a lot and I get fuzzy edges, I then have to fix it afterwards. I think I could do a lot better when laying down colour. I don't know if that's a bit vague but hoping to improve there anyway.

  • Current projects:
    Finish 3rd Thursday
    Paint at least 20 images that are children orientated before the 23rd of Jan. there is a critique locally here for SCBWI
    Get actionable poses and expressions down
    Finish up all of the courses currently offered here
    Create leave behind sheet/postcard and business cards for illustration vs my design ones now

    Created a separate space from my design portfolio to house a blog of my illustrations in progress or complete
    Finished 8 courses here
    Created a drawing or painting daily for weeks, the first time in 20 years

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