Oh yes, the week for lovers has finally arrived. I wanted to shout a Happy Love Day to all of you lovebirds out there! My husband and I have been married for 19 years this summer and although we are super excited to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we celebrate in a less traditional way.
I am not much of a girly-girl and I know that they hike up the price of flowers to like 3x the price during Valentine’s week so I have outlawed the purchase of flowers for V-day. I am also a bit on the plump side so I prefer not to get a box of candy that will go right to my hips.
Instead, we choose a restaurant that we have never been to and order anything we want. We do lunch instead of dinner and celebrate on a day other than the day OF Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t feel very romantic to wait an hour for a table and then sit in a loud restaurant, packed in like sardines, while feeling sorry for the waiter/waitress who is bombarded with other guests. My hubby takes a day off that is near the actual day and we enjoy a beautiful, quiet, romantic lunch. On the ACTUAL day, we generally stay in and let the other lover’s take over the town.
Hope you have a wonderful day filled with love and joy. Even if you are without a partner this Valentine’s Day, spend it with a friend or family. It is always a joy to be with anyone you love!
What do you do for Valentine’s Day? Do you enjoy getting flowers or candy? Do you go out to eat? Would love to hear what your idea of a romantic night would be!
As an artist, you often find yourself working out of season. I was working on my holiday designs back in October and believe it or not, I was actually running late! It is standard for art & licensing buyers to look for designs months ahead of schedule, even a year if they are large companies. It makes sense, as whatever product they intend to use the artwork for, has to be designed and manufactured before it can hit the shelves.
If I am working for myself, I generally just design whatever is inspiring me at the time. If I am working for a call out or buyer, then it is usually an assigned theme or brief. I can go either way, although Christmas seems to be a season where you have to create a TON of work around that theme and quite frankly, I get a little burnt out.
With that said, I am grateful to be passed my holiday work. I am currently working on a summer camp set that has been very fun and I just finished up a jungle theme collection as well. I haven’t finished the patterns for this collection yet, but I just finished up my placement prints so I thought I would give a quick share. These are going to my agent, so I can’t share the full layouts, but I wanted you to know that I am working and to give a quick sneak peek of my new characters!
Do you enjoy working out of season? Is it more difficult to get into the mood? Let me know what you think…
Sorry for the last post, was caught up with Thanksgiving work this morning! Funny how artists always have to work so far ahead. I hope you all have big spooky Halloween plans for tonight or the weekend. I am not sure what I will be doing, but I will probably stay in. The crazies come out at Halloween!
I didn’t get the chance to work on Halloween designs this year so I am sharing Frank, who I drew for last Halloween. The rule still applies!
Check back next week for some new work and a new post about branding. I have had quite a few questions about branding and I ran across a fabulous article to share as well.
Last week I shared the first two steps in creating my artwork with you, in the post, ROBOTS: STEP 1 and 2. Today I will share the next two steps in my process, where will finally move on to color! Working in black and white for the earlier stages of creating helps me focus on the design and values, before I get distracted by color. Continue reading
Today I am working on a pattern set that I am entitling Suburbia. Focused on houses, windows, doors, cars, neighborhoods. I am working on the houses today and thought I would share some progress shots again of how I work. Hope you like seeing these, my work is pretty boring before it gets finished up!
It seems like whenever I talk with other artist’s, one of the first questions they ask is “How do you work?” Most of the artist’s that I know start out with sketches, but I have to be honest, I don’t do a lot of sketching. Sketching wasn’t a requirement for our projects in art school, so I never got into the habit of creating them.