Illustrations from the month of June! As you can probably tell, the theme was Demons and I had just as much fun as I thought I was going to. If I could draw spooky demons every month for the rest of my life I would be a happy artist…
Each image has some element of trying to push myself and try new things. Painting, for one of them, as well as playing with animation in an illustration. The two more regular illustrations I tried to incorporate more detail than I usually do, particularly with the background of the final illustration for the month. It was more fun than I thought it would be, as I have a tendency to want to finish things as fast as possible and get frustrated at doing a lot of fiddly bits that aren’t the main focus. But I’m learning! And next month the theme is Angels, so I’m sure I’ll get to test out my colour palette beyond Everything Is A Variation on Black, Red and Muddy Neutrals.
In other news, I have an official commission price list for my cartoon/comic-style illustrations and paintings! It’s up at my newly-revamped sketchblog, so you can go to this link and see if there’s anything you’d like! (Caveat: I am away from the 7th to about the 14th with family things, so any messages in that time won’t get a reply until I’m back). Hit me up via my email, or Twitter, or Tumblr or Facebook and I will Draw You Things For Money.
So there’s this creative platform, still fairly new, that I’ve been making work for since I graduated. It’s called Pop My Mind! and it’s basically a great big social game of creative/artistic telephone. Someone posts something, or a seed is posted, and then the community responds to that post with a work inspired by it. And so on and so forth. The thing I love most about it is that it’s cross-platform creativity. Illustration, fine art, music, photography, writing – any kind of creative output can be a response and in turn inspire responses.
I’ve made four responses so far – three to seeded prompts, and one to another artist’s work. And there are lots more that I have planned/am in the process of making, because there’s a lot of work on there that is inspiring. It’s especially great for me to be able to take something from a totally different discipline to my own and then twist and turn it into something that is mine. The platform is already growing a lot since it first started and I made my first piece – in fact it’s almost at 200 responses. Aside from that, there’s already been an exhibition which my work was featured in, and there’s a Sonification event coming up soon featuring work from the platform. The demo video actually includes this piece of mine that I uploaded:
It’s a super fun thing to do, and I enjoy making work for it. I saved my favourite piece that I’ve made for last, even though it’s the one that took the least amount of time to make, as it was a response to the 1 Hour Challenge seed that was posted.
So if you’re interested in a platform that’s a bit new and a bit different, then go and check it out at http://www.popmymind.com/ And if you make something, inspired by my work or not, then let me know! I’d love to see it.