The last couple weeks have been so filled with art. Most of my time has been spent on commission work, which I am thrilled for! Shameless self promotion: I will have three slots opening again soon – contact me (email, Twitter, what have you) if you’d like to claim one! This month I had the pleasure of creating some quote pieces (much like the Harry Potter ones I made) for three characters from the Gentlemen Bastards series. This book series, beginning with The Lies of Locke Lamora, is one of my all time favorites and I was so excited for this project! And even more exciting, it meant creating something without a direct reference which is something I am always looking to gain more skill and confidence in.
After figuring out the expressions for each character in my head, it was time to start sketching. The initial character sketches came together pretty quickly and after touching base with my client to make sure she approved of the rough drafts, it was time for refinement! Once the finals were approved, it was time to add in quotes and lay in the color. I’ve got two of three completed, but don’t want to share finals until I send them out to the client first.
My other commission this month was of an adorable little kitty! As a crazy cat lady, I am always excited to be drawing kitties. I received a ton of fabulous reference photos to work with (always a plus!) and had fun sitting down to do some loose sketches. I was really pleased with the final product, and definitely hope to do more pet commissions in the future!
Something I realized while working on these commissions is that they take time. I mean, duh. But my point is, I kind of forget that this isn’t my full time job yet. Time to work on commissions has to be fit in the same free time I have for blogging, friends, dates with the hubs, and my personal art. It’s a tough balance, one that I am definitely still learning. This month, it meant that all personal art projects have been kicked to the curb. (Remember those Sailor Scout sketches I shared on Instagram? They haven’t been touched since then. All in good time!) It also made me realize just how excited I am to be able to have this be my full time job come September when my daughter starts school. To be able to have time to work on my own art and commission work – that’s just gravy!
What have you been working on lately?