We'll start with the most recent events and work our way backwards. Today, no more than a mere 5 minutes ago in fact, well maybe 15, my son was howling in his room (inappropriate for 12 am on a Monday morning, but then...he's 2 so what does he know, as far as he's concerned he is the world around which we all orbit.) Anyway, I digress. No more than a mere 20 minutes ago I posted a blog entry on Pulp Studios blog regarding the process I used to create my first ad for our new company. "Whoah, whoah wait a minute ... company? Pulp Studios? ad?" you may be saying. Ok, I've been blessed with a great opportunity to connect with a good friend of mine from high school who is an outstanding, incredible illustrator and artist. For the past 2 years we have worked on contract together at Alberta Education and decided in recent months to form an illustration studio together - yes, Pulp Studios. We are placing ads in Applied Arts in 2010, one in July and one in October.
It fell on me to create the first ad. Well, I'm done... early... the deadline for submission isn't until April. At any rate, you can read that blog post here if you wish. In the interim, below is said illustration. It will be printed at 3.5" by 5.25" or so, but I've built it at 300dpi at a size of 15" x 19" because we've discussed the possibility of creating prints of our self promo illustrations. This piece was largely inspired, stylistically speaking by the work of Jon Foster, whom I've touted the praises of often in this blog. The great thing about this is that I will no doubt bring techniques that I have learned during this process into my work for Our 1984 as well. Please feel free to comment on the piece. I love feedback, constructive or otherwise.
UPDATE: this piece won an Applied Arts Award in the 2010 Illustration Annual as a Self Promotion entry.
Moving on, Kelly and I recently finished a large project for Alberta Education. It set us back some in our timelines, I blame this beast for the scourging of my time, the previously displayed work was like a cooing dove perched in a cage of gold plated metal. Below are a few images from this piece so you can see a little of what went into it. The finished product won't be live online for a few more months.
My business partner Kelly did a majority of the work on the GUI... all the buttons and stuff. The shots here contain still frames from a 2.5 minute long orientation animation that I built for it.
That was fun, challenging and took a very long time.
Well, there you have it. I do hope to get back to Our 1984 soon. First there is the small matter of finding work for the next few months. I'm not worried, consider the lilies of the field and the birds of the air, they always have what they need, God loves us so much more than they... why shouldn't I believe He will keep providing for us.
Blessings. Forge ahead. Keep looking up ... unless you're driving ... or walking for that matter.