I've worked as a Graphic artist at WGN-TV for 10 years now. The past 4 years have been on the WGN Morning News. Yesterday I made my Morning News debut for an Arts & Crafts segment.
When the Marvelous Midwest Conference came around in May, I had no plans on going. I didn’t have the fund to attend the conference. I applied for the KidLit Nation Diversity Scholarship for the conference, but I didn’t win.
Over the weekend my mom brought me a little piece of my childhood...an old Trapper Keeper full of comic books and drawings! Her timing couldn't have been more perfect. I was having a bit of art block, and seeing all these old comics reminded me of why I love visual storytelling so much!
I spent the weekend reading comics and drawing this webcomic. This was also my first time really using Clip Studio Paint. It's taking some time to adjust to the interface having used Photoshop primarily, but I love it so far!
At the time, I was preparing to submit my illustrations to agencies. I started creating a short list of agents that I would contact. Winning the Draw This! contest meant that my illustration would be featured on the SCBWI homepage for the entire month of November. I thought it would be a great opportunity to mention the contest in my submission emails.
Welcome to my illustration blog!
Last month I had the opportunity to attend my first SCBWI conference, Prairie Writers & Illustrators Day at Harper College in Palatine, IL. I had no idea what to expect, but the schedule was just full of lectures and panels from some really incredible speakers.
As an illustrator, I took advantage of the portfolio critique. It was a great opportunity to get some real constructive feedback on my art. I'm taking all the notes from my critique and working on new pieces to make my portfolio stronger. I need to continue using textures in my work (both traditional and digital), and work on featuring more dynamic angles in my compositions.
Personally I want to work on drawing more animal characters as well. There are a lot of human characters in my portfolio currently.