I'm a big fan of the little stuffed elephant one of the toddlers has by the foot. It's one of my little development moves. Originally I drew a little bear, but before showing them off I realized that a celeb's kid would never schlep along with something as mundane and ordinary as a teddy bear. An elephant on the other hand, totally acceptable. It's so important to develop and make consise decisions before you show sketches to your audience. If you don't push yourself there's a very strong chance that your client will like things before you've really had a chance to explore the possibilities. That's how a project's potential gets cut short.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
I prefer someone else do the scribble, as it keeps me honest. I want the scribbles to be wild and not at all driven or coerced. The best way to do that is to have someone else create one. I have friends in Spain and Australia who will actually email me scribbles from time to time. They love seeing the end result. Growing up I did them as parlor tricks for company. In college I sold them for a dollar a piece in Union Square.
I squint at a scribble and twist it around a bit, and then go in for the kill. After a few of them are sitting side by side, I'm back in creation mode. They get me ready to draw like mad again. They work like a charm and never fail.
Here are a few of my faves done in a scribble drawing binge with friends at Two Boots last Monday.
This one below was a collaboration with Garrett Rose. When everything was said and done, a few people could actually tell that it was a whistling beatnik. One of the great testaments to the bliss of scribble drawing is that most people watching get excited and eager to try their hand at it. Garrett jumped in on this one and started getting his sea legs.
This fun little frog guy was done by Rachel Micheal. I provided the scribble ;)
I highly recommend a scribble drawing a day. I kind of binge scribble draw these days. They will make you forget yourself, and in this crazy art world that's never a bad thing.
If you have any random scribbles lying around you want me to take a stab at,
remember I'm only a click away: email@example.com
Afterall, I could use the help ;)
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Fact #1 Category - Random:
Our backyard sat at the base of one of the most treacherous hikes in Hawaii. Sadly for the tourists, happily for us kids, it was always written up in tourist guides as "beginner." The write up touted the deep history of the hike, King Kamehameha used to offer up human sacrifice at the mountain's waterfalls. The hike led to the mouth of the mountain where you'd be treated to up to fifty-foot waterfalls and a pool of fall water to swim in.
As a result we would watch from afar as sweet newlywed couples happily jumped out of their rented convertibles wearing nothing but shorts, bikini tops and Birkenstocks to "just try this little trail." Flash forward three to five hours when the same couple no longer holding hands but now covered in mud and scrapes would come down the mountain yelling at each other. They would once again be reunited in love and adoration focused on a wild beverage buying frenzy. We wouldn't have done any better selling water in the Sahara.
Fact #2 Category -Top Secret!:
My favorite sound in the whole world is that shredding sound you get when you tear two pieces of Velcro apart. Sometimes while I'm shoe shopping I'll wander over to the kid's section and spend a good ten minutes just "shopping" for Velcro shoes for my fake children.
Fact #3 Category - Thankful for Modern Science:
So, I give thanks daily for the wonders of modern science. I thank God that I was born now, instead of in any other time in the history of the World. Now is the only time that I'd be allowed to make my living, so very happily using my eyes every day of my life.
Fact #4 Category - Aesthetic:
Fact #5 - Category - Top Secret:
Fact #6 - Category - Totally Random
Fact #7 - Category - The Last One You're Getting: Filed Under 'F' for Freak:
Here are the rules:
Rule #1. Link to your tagger and post the rules
Rule #2. Post 7 random facts about yourself
Rule #3. Tag 7 friends at the end of your post and link to them
Rule #4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
I am tagging: People you should want to know about too -
1. Sandra Gaddis - her talent is electric. Sandra is one of my favorite things about college. That's saying a lot ;)
2. Beth Logan - Art Stuff for the hungry soul. Beth is my guru and my idol.
3. Hanna Sandvig - her prolific variety motivates me just about daily. Check her paintings/dolls/garden ETC!
4. Laura Lee - makes me laugh, cry and nod my head in solidarity, sometimes all three at once.
5. Melissa - scientifically improving children's winter experiences in the most fashionable way.
6. Breanne - Sometimes two people just click. I think that's how everyone feels when they meet Breanne
7. Shilo - My one stop BFF, LOL, OME support shop
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
This is a free association moment:
These sketches are done with that infamous box of Sharpies. A closer look at them now, as it's been a while since they were done, makes me realize they kind of look like they belong on a Harijuku Tour. I'll have to have my people call Guin. I mean, if I can create a zillion illustrations with 25 stinky makers, without much give in the point and a tendency to bleed on any paper one might attempt to use them with, my people can certainly call Guin.
If time goes by and you don't see these on tour it's most likely because they belong in my new 'What a Doll!' series. Hold your horses, you'll see them in all their glory as they're actually meant to be seen soonish.
Don't you worry your pretty little head, this is just a smattering. There's plenty more where these came from.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
In honor of all this lovely 'Falling' - Here's a bit of Autumn surface design.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
I got together with about ten friends last Monday for an evening of carving bliss.
Also, if you're in the market for the best pumpkin seeds you've ever tasted, here's my favorite pumpkin treat. I took a keg load of these bad boys into "job job" where they met with rave reviews, which isn't necessarily something I'm used to receiving for baked veggie guts. I'm sure they're best paired with Pale Ale. SIGH -- Here's to another year of sobriety!
Here it goes:
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds of Yumminess
1.Gut your pumpkin.
2. Don't wash the seeds - not only is it bad luck, it takes away some of the yumminess.
3. Remove the strings and the pulp and as much gooeyness as you can manage.
4. Crank your oven to 250 degrees.
5. Put them in an even layer on parchment paper in as many baking pans as it takes to get the job done.
6. Sprinkle fresh cracked sea salt on them and then toss them in the oven. Stir them every once in a while
7. Go be fabulous while they bake (I like trying on different Halloween wigs while they're in the oven). Doing a Halloween like activity only enhances their yumminess.
8. Bake 20 - 40 minutes or until they're a pretty color.
9. In a big bowl mix together 3 Tablespoons sugar, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon ground cardamom. Stir it all up.
10. Take your fresh baked pumpkin seeds from the oven and add them to 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil in a frying pan on the stove.
11.Heat them up mixing them in the oil as you add 2 Tablespoons of sugar. Stir them all up for a minute or two, until the sugar dissolves and they start to caramelize.
12. Take them off the stove and add them to the bowl of spices.
13. Stir them up good.
14. Marvel at their yumminess.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
So with no further ado: Get the horns ready... Man the drum line.....
Tah Tah Da Dah!!!
It's hot - It's cute - It's Sassy...Sexy...Sweet...
It's Amber Ink.
I'm also going to let you in on a 'top secret' kind of secret. I've been dying to get back into the scrapbook and stamping world. For a long time I've wanted my own little piece of scrapping turf. I've had my eye on the domain http://www.amberink.com/ for more than a year now. I've been stalking it non-stop. When the user who had it let it expire two months ago I had my fingers crossed. I just hoped the owner wouldn't snatch it up again (after it expires it goes into a holding spot where they can still get it back). Then a few days ago, wonder of wonders, it was released to the public and I bought it! So I'll be slowly building a real live business with tangible product. I'll be starting the company with downloadable scrapbook papers that you can print at home. I'm excited as pie!
They'll be showing up at Etsy soon!
Ok, run don't walk!