Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Oo La La

After a very stressful week of being in an accident and having to deal with insurance I created this after having some down time to myself on a monday. Took me from about 10am-5pm to complete, and was inspired by many works from freelanced.com and society6.com. There's so many amazing artists on there the imagination gets quite fruitful...

Monday, June 20, 2011

Spur of the Moment

It's funny how a simple thing can spur an image. I was just browsing facebook when one of my friends had posted a link to the animated x-men series from the 90's. I used to love watching that show and Rogue was my favorite, so, thus creates an image in my head, and i have to draw it. Enjoy.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

New Piece in Progress

Underwater sea adventure time!
Was over at a friend Amanda's house today and whipped this one out. I had this image in my head for a long time now, and finally it made it's way onto the canvas. The inks were tons of fun to work with again, putting down water and then dropping in the ink, letting the water do it's thing. I also added in some gold ink to give a cool effect. The paper towel I had to dab out some water made a really cool scale-y effect with the colours so I kept it in. I'll be taking it into photoshop after I add in some black lines to define things. I'm really excited to see the end result. :D

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Donna and Gaga

(click on the thumbnail to see larger version. This one is poopie)

So, I finally finished a piece that I've been working on for several months now. Not every day, mind you, but whenever I had time, I would add a few lines and colour here and there. So, I'm finally pleased with how it turned out and hope you all enjoy as well. (whoever sees this anyways)

Madonna and Lady Gaga as the world sees them (apparently). Madonna was the original queen of outgoing fashions and controversial themes/videos in regards to religion and then came princess Gaga doing the same thing. I keep hearing everyone saying "oh this sounds so like Madonna's ________ song" or "well Madonna already did that...". Well people, like fashion, things will come and go and repeat themselves throughout the ages. GET OVER IT.

Madonna has her music sound, and so does Lady Gaga. Like artists we take things that inspire us and we take that inspiration and turn it into our own. For example, I may be doing a piece inspired by Mucha and it may look like his "style" of drawings, but in the end, its still MY piece. So therefore it's still the finishing artists no matter what. Heck, have you heard most of the songs on the radio nowadays? They're pretty much just "remixes" of songs from like 10+ years ago like J-Lo's "Lambada" takeover or the Black eyed Peas "Having the Time of my Life" abomination. Way to be original.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Some Art in the Park with Emily. Still a work in progress, wanting to make it look very Mucha-esque. Going to bring it into Illustrator and add some outlines and whatnot.

It all Begins Somewhere Right?

You Graduate.

There, you're done with your post secondary Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree and now what?

Well, some people take a respectable amount of time off to recoop from all the grad show stress going away on vacations, going somewhere like the spa, or just sit at home for a few months playing video games til their eyes bleed. Others, find summer jobs as always to make ends meet, at least for now, until they find their career that suits what they graduated for. Others, I call them the lucky ones, already have a job placement for what they graduated for with their coop placements which is just a smooth transition from school to real life.

Me? Well, while I was still in school, I made sure everything was in order. I had my website done (which I changed several times over the course of 2-3 weeks btw) I had my business cards, my mailers, and even had my "professional" resume to start sending to employers. My goal was to find a job before I graduate. Oh it will take some time, but I will find something eventually wont I? Won't I?...

Well let me tell you. I didn't get a job before I graduated. It's been 2 years since I graduated, and so far I've had about 3 hopeful job opportunities that turned into flops (the oh, we decided not to hire anyone in the end, line) I was a working at a salon for a year in the meantime to make ends meet (it was good, got me a car that I could use to travel to job interviews/job placements) but have still been looking endlessly online, sending in resumes, inquiring if companies even needed a graphic designer/illustrator regardless of any job postings or not, networking my brains out, and kissing butt to try to get anything out of anyone for job leads. Still, nothing...

I do however, do freelance work in the meantime, whenever that comes along, but the money made from that seems to vanish as soon as I get it, going into OSAP or my insurance, car payments, phone bills, etc. Thus is life eh? Honestly, all I want is to just find a company where I can work a 9-5 job sitting in front of a computer drawing all day doing whatever. I'm starting to slowly lose my drive after all this hope and failure. I know I have about a billion people and their dog to compete with in this industry, some with more experience and a fancier resume than me, but from what I can see on all the job post boards is that they need such and such years of experience in the field and how am I supposed to gain thus experience if they won't give me a chance?

That's the thing. Due to the whole "economy" issue we had a lot of people in the art field lost their jobs to people who the boss thinks could do their job and then some. I call them "hybrids" they can do art as well as something else. Anyways, I think they cant afford to take a chance on a newly graduated person because they don't have the experience. Well how the heck were we supposed to get that when the only time we have is during our coop term of what like 4 months? Great, that'll impress them...

But anyways, thus ends my rant. I'll be once again still looking for a job to make ends meet, as well as my career related job today, still doing freelance and still getting my hopes up for that job that will "come if it were meant to be".