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Here's a new design I completed today. I started to realize my old cards are pretty dated looking (and almost out, which is a good thing!) So, I created this new design. I used inspiration from the paintings I have been doing lately at live painting events. The two paintings here were completed last night at a PHIT Comedy event called "Untitled." The show meshes improv comedy and visual arts. There are artists paintings or drawing on stage while improvisers create scenes based on the artists' previous work. Then the artists create pieces that are inspired by the scenes. It's very cyclical. And cynical. The sets of 2 paintings were completed start to finish in just under 40 minutes. Yesterday they had a lovely gallery showing afterwards and I sold the farting cardinal and the "Hell is Other People" paintings. Horray!
Recently I saw 2 (countem' - two!) shows on the same evening at PHIT, which means I should get an award or something. Actually my lovely boyfriend should get an award for volunteering to go grab me more cider between the shows (he doesn't drink...and I was wearing heels. Isn't he a gentleman!?) Anyway, I was happy to be drawing some of these folks for the second or third time. Some sketches came out good, some didn't, as always, but that's why it's called practice. ' All the sketches were completed quite quickly, most under 5 minutes, with a ballpoint pen. The exception to this would be the drawing of the Mean Wendy Band, which was about 10-15 minutes I believe. There might be three shows in here, I'm not really sure.
As always, you guys are welcome to pull any of these images down to use on facebook or whereever, but please be sure to link to my website either in the description or you can leave the watermark that I have inserted on the pages. (www.katiehaire.com) I'll be at a show tomorrow night ("Brought to You By...") and am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces there.
For those of you who may have missed it, I did a spot illustration for a talented and creative writer, musician, and colleague of mine: Daniel DiFranco. He wrote an immersive short story titled The Moon is a Wasteland, about a boy unlucky in love. He asked me to do the illustration, which I have colloquially dubbed "Loopin' Moons." It's a quick and thoughtful read, and I recommend you take the time to enjoy it.
On a personal note, this piece is an important stepping stone for me, as it was done almost entirely digitally. I am forcing myself to use my tablet more and more so that I have more weapons in my arsenal. I am pleased with the illustration and am still convinced I'm going through a "Blue Period" of my own. I am looking forward to illustrating more editorial and short-form styles, and hope to get more jobs like this in the future.
As I have been trying to brush up on my new tablet, this piece is the MOST digital piece I have done to date, although it is not 100%. The moon and rope were sketched traditionally and the shading was utilized in this illustration. Still, I think this piece is an important step into completely understanding my new tools for illustration. <3
My parents donated money to a biker fundraiser or whatever, so they get a name on the back of a shirt. Not sure if I'll get a shirt yet, we'll see. They needed a vector graphic so who better to ask than their daughter with the degree in art education!? I didn't have illustrator. But now I do! And I've never made a vector before so what better time to learn?
The Shamrock I used in the design has this creative commons license.
Here is an illustration I started in about 2010 or so, never really finished it. I worked on it last week before I went to sunny Florida! Now I am back in Philadelphia and it is raining and snowing. It's almost APRIL! So without furtherado, I present to you THE PINK LADY!
Also I have been picked up to teach 1 week at UARTS summer program. I will be teaching painting and drawing to 6-8th graders and I am very excited for the opportunity.
Be sure to follow me in instagram (the pics and links are to the left) and check out some of my pics from florida and some sketches I've been working on.
So since my blog is relatively new, I decided to update today to show you guys what I've been working on. After watching the Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham debate I was feeling a little
inspired angry enough to begin a piece that I had been thinking about for a couple days. Seriously, check out that link if you haven't watched it already. Go ahead, I'll wait.
Heres my initial idea sketch of the piece, which is about 16 x 16 on Strathmore medium Drawing Paper (my favorite):
After a trace over on the light table you can see how faint my lines are now:
So my next step is to begin to add the texture to the whole piece...which is a surprise! It's not going to look realistic in the end though. I'm trying not to have a concrete idea of where it's going, I don't have a sketch for the texture I'm just going to do it. This is usually how I work...
Also, I saw a post recently from a fellow illustrator who was showing ridiculous reference pics, so here is my submission to the silly pics that are floating around the internet:
So all in all, hope you follow my new(ish) blog, I'll be illustration and Graphic Designing a lot, hope you like what you see! I'll keep it updated on this piece as well.
This is a personal project of mine, I don't have copyright to any material, consider it educational purposes. Here is an update of a couple shots I have so far. I will be updating my blog with the finished product, sketches and all.