I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday today! Here's to hoping everyone's getting some well deserved rest, relaxation, and quality time with whomever you call family!
This year was the first time I was able to spend my full holiday time with my family post-graduation. I wanted to do something special this year considering I finally had some free time. The following was what I came up with:
The final version carried a more personal message along with it, but after a lot of revisions this was the final style I went with. I ended up having it printed and framed at 24"x36"(which ended up being a lot larger than I realized it would be!). It only took a day or so to put together after a few initial sketches, the hardest part was re-adjusting to Illustrator.
Even though this was the only piece I actually ended up finishing and printing in time to give as a gift, I started working on a couple other projects immediately afterward.
After some urging from family and friends I decided to set up a shop for others who might be interested in buying a print (I'm naturally pretty shy about anything I make, so this is a huuuuge step for me!). In my research, I stumbled upon a website by the name of Society6, which offers all kinds of awesome goodies - from framed art prints to iPhone cases/skins and throw pillows. You can find my brand new storefront here:
In the meantime, I've started working on a third piece now that I hope to have done before the new year. After finishing the Christmas Tree, I started playing around with other animal designs and settled on a Puppy Flutist that I thought had a fair amount of appeal (Usually I judge this based on the number and length of the squeal my girlfriend lets out upon seeing them). He's still a work in progress:
I have two bandmates on the books to accompany him, one bear trumpeter and a koala guitarist. I've always been pretty bad at settling on pleasing colors, so that step has me a little behind schedule on the Puppy. Once I get that sorted out I'll be adding in the other two band members. I plan on taking a little time to develop the background scenery as well since my first two illustrations had backgrounds that were practically non-existent.
I'm not exactly sure where all of this is going quite yet, but it's been a fun reprieve during the holiday break to start exploring stuff again!