Friday, February 27, 2009

Illustration Friday: Breezy

This breezy painting was done with acrylic on gessoed paper. This was the first time I used gesso as a foundation. Why gesso? 
  • If I make a mistake, I can cover the offending area with gesso, confident that I'm reverting to the same base color and surface.
  • Gesso can add texture. I purposely left brush stokes on the gessoed surface (rather than sanding it smooth).
Unfortunately, my experiment had mixed results. The texture adds visual interest but it's distracting (especially when scanned). Next time I'll sand the gesso smooth or vary the direction of the strokes.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Portfolio Solutions

My agent, Portfolio Solutions, recently updated my online portfolio. I love seeing my recent work gathered together and on display. But there's a downside: I'm reminded how out-of-date my website has become. The thing is long overdue for a redesign.

You know what they say: "the shoemaker's children wear no shoes."

There's a total of 51 Squier samples on the Portfolio Solutions website in four sample categories: color, black line, historical and fairytale/fantasy.