Sunday, November 28, 2010

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!


I hope everyone celebrated a wonderful Thanksgiving this past weekend, I know I'm not the only one not ready for the weekend to end. I even practiced being a domestic housewifey person and baked lots of goodies for the holiday - and they were all tasty. OM NOM NOM!!!

I did more than my share of om nomming this weekend that's for sure.

So today has me back to work - the good kind. Tomorrow I have to go back to the pay-the-bills job.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Icons

I have over 241 icons to make. It's going to be a long next couple of weeks.






Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Illustration Rally

I just spent an hour going through the list of "IR Artists" and "We Adore" section of Illustration Rally. They have some really great artists featured, including some that I already follow and love. 

It's going to be an illustration rally around here too. After not getting an internship I was hoping for I'm just going to have to continue on and keep creating work on my own (not that that would have stopped if I had gotten it, but it would have been nice to be getting that experience.) I was asked to do a list of about 240(!) icon/symbols that go along with the poem illustrations. These will be placed above words that kindergartners aren't expected to know yet, like "animal" and "cupcake".  I'm really looking forward to doing these! Talk about lots to do.

Unfortunately, this week has been all about work. And not the fun kind. I haven't had much time for any illustration aside from the poem illustrations that I've been working on. Here's a sample from the last set.


Chips and Salsa


Marching Ants


Sid and Lin

I'm hoping to get some more work done on my new website this week plus get most of a portrait commission finished. Time to get pumped up and get some work done! Now where is that caffeine!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Song Therapy

I swear I listened to this CD on repeat for the entire 6 hour drive from Chicago back to Columbus this morning. This first song sums up perfectly how I've been feeling lately. Nothing like some song therapy.




 "2 Atoms in a Molecule"
Noah and the Whale

Last night, I had a dream
We were inseparably entwined
Like a piece of rope made out of two pieces of vine
Held together, holding each other
With no one else in mind
Like two atoms in a molecule
Inseparably combined

But then I woke from the dream
To realize I was alone
A tragic event, I must admit
But let's not be overblown
I'm not trying to write a love song
Just a sad, pathetic moan
And maybe I just need change
Maybe I just need a new cologne

But now I look at love
Like being stabbed in the heart
You torture each other from day to day
And then one day you part
Most of the time it's misery
But there's some joy at the start
And for that, I'd say it's worth it
Just use a blade that's short and sharp on me

Oh if love is just a game
Then how come it's no fun?
If love is just a game
How come I've never won?
I guess maybe it's possible I might be playing it wrong
And that's why every time I roll the dice
I always come undone



And please check out "5 Years Time" by Noah and the Whale as well. It's how optimistic I want to feel.

Oh, well, in five years time we could be walking round the zoo
With the sun shining down in every me and you

And there’ll be love in the bodys of the elephants tool
I’ll put my hands of your eyes, but you pick throught

And there’ll be sun, sun, sun
All over our bodys.
And sun, sun, sun
I’ll die in next
There’ll be sun, sun, sun
All over our faces
And sun, sun, sun
So, what the hell

‘cause i’ll be laughing around your silly little jokes
And we’ll be laughing about how we use to smoke
All those stupid little cigarretes and drinks to put wine
‘cause it’s what we need to have good times

But it was fun, fun, fun
When we were drinking.
It was fun, fun, fun
When we were drunk
And it was fun, fun, fun
When we were laughing
It was fun, fun, fun
Oh, it was fun.

Oh, well, i look while you’re saying: “it’s the happiest that i’ve ever been”
And i’ll say: “i love to feel that i have to be james dean”
And you say: “yeah, and i feel a pretty happy too, and i’m always pretty happy when i’m just thinking about with you”

And will be love, love, love
Love throught our bodys.
Love, love, love
All throught our minds
And will be love, love, love
All over her face
And love, love, love
All over our minds.

And i’ll remember all these moments suggesting my head
I’ll be thinking about then and there’s lying in bed
And i know that you believe that might not keeping come through
But in my mind i’m having a pretty time with you

Five years time
I might not know it
Five years time
We might not speak
And five years time
We might not care about
Five years time
We might to prove it along

Oh, there’ll be love, love, love
Wherever you go
There’ll be love, love, love



I think I needed those 6 hours in the car with that CD.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Slacker

Sorry I've been such a slacker blogger lately. Procrastination happens here when everything else is going crazy. Here are the things I've been working on lately:

1. Completely redoing my personal identity. OmNomMonster is soon to be a side project more specifically geared to my monsters and I'll have a new site dedicated to my portfolio and current artwork that isn't monster related. To start that I've come up with a new logo. What do you think? The new site will just be my name (Lindsey Billingsley) so I needed a new and appropriate logo. All the other branding is soon to come as well. My mom, way back when, named me Lindsey because she liked to draw cursive L's and the line-work is similar to the penmanship seen in a lot of my pieces.



2. I had an interview last week at Winchester Gardens for an In-House Design internship. Full time and paid. I got a call back today saying they'd like to give me a second interview! Unfortunately when I tried to call back after work (several hours after they called me) their Humans Resources person had already left so I have to call again tomorrow to try to schedule another interview.

3. Tomorrow I also need to call Highlights and inquire about an internship position that I had applied to. Now THAT would be my dream internship.

4. Going to Chicago this weekend to visit a friend who is attending Adler School of Professional Psychology for grad school. Trying to get that planned out has been a little more stressful than originally planned. Thank goodness for gps systems and friends who know where I can park!

5. I've also been commissioned yet another set of poem illustrations. Here's a few from the last batch that I'd like to share.


Happy Bees

Pigs and Chickens

I Dig Big 


6. I've been doing a lot of work for the Columbus Society of Communicating Arts this week as well. Creative Best is coming up and there's still lots to do!

Lots more on the To-Do list for this week! Gotta finish the next set of poem illustrations, towers painting, rebranding stuff, portrait commission and CB stuff!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Towers Hall



So I've started my new Towers Hall painting that I mentioned in my last post. I prepped the board (that was graciously given to me by Steven Walker) Thought I would share the beginnings of this work. It's made with layers of newspaper with acrylic (treated more like watercolor), and pen. The pen is taken forever...I went into a little more detail than I had originally planned, but I think it'll be much better for it. I love using my new pens on it. Nostalgia is hitting me pretty hard. Towers Hall was a building on my Alma Mater's campus. I miss school.

le sigh.

Let me know what you think! I still have all the foliage to do and the remaining details/shadows of the building.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

lists lists lists

So this week I've added quite a few of my things to my perpetual to-do list. I have the next two days off from my pay-the-bills job so while I was there today I wrote out everything I wanted to get done. And here we are!

1. run 4 miles (2 Monday, 2 Tuesday...3 on Wednesday)
2. complete Creative Best book - I'm inserting and working on the layout of the CB book. Columbus Society of Communicating Arts (which I volunteer for) has a huge contest every year called Creative Best. Everyone who attends the event to find out who the winners are gets a book with all the winning pieces and a bit about the judges and volunteers. This is going to take awhile to do since it's a 120 page book - mostly full of pictures!



3. prepare/start Towers Hall painting - I need to tape off parts and just get started!


4. paint elephant painting - a new commissioned piece!
5. eat sushi - CHECK! mmm


6. clean up sushi mess - almost check
7. complete a set of Christmas monster cards
8. complete 2 more spreads of dino book - this is going to be tough one
9. blog - CHECK!
10. clean bathroom - yeah, this is a little overdo at my place, gross!
11. get gas - gotta get some or I'm not going to make it to the park to run
12. play with Squarespace - I'm using this to recreate my website
13. clean out leftovers from fridge - CHECK
14. order postcards - I wanna be able to send these out in the next couple of weeks and hopefully get some professional commissioned pieces for magazines, etc. Anyone have a good suggestion for who to order from?
15. wake up and be moving by 9am! - I'm going to have to in order to get all this done in time!

Now back to work!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Work, Anniversaries, and other stuff

So this week has been yet another week with crazy working. I got a second set of poem illustrations to do and pay-the-bills-work I haven't had a lot of doing my own work. I've had a lot more ideas rummaging through my head - note cards, small monster canvas', postcards, calendar?, new website! So much! I've got one more poem illustration then I'm done with that set and I can send out the invoice and get paid! Hopefully someday soon I can afford to quit my pay-the-bills-work because I'll be able to pay the bills without it.

On that note, I did send in a couple resumes the other day. One for an internship (that I REALLY want, and one for a junior design position). I hope I hear from them soon - I sent them on Friday night so I'm not expecting anything till later this week. Either way, I'm going to make some postcards to send out my work to potential clients.

Tomorrow is a new day and it's going to be a busy one! My grandparents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. 50TH! Can you believe that? My grandma got married when she was only 16 and my grandpa was only 18. I can't imagine being with someone for that long. I'm so happy for them. Plus the party is going to be fantastic. We're going on the Queen Lorena Stern-wheeler in Zanesville (where I grew up) for dinner and fun.


After some thought I've decided that this year I'm going to buy all my Christmas presents for my female recipients from sellers on Etsy. Mostly just my female friends just because a majority of the sellers/buyers from Etsy are female and they market to other females. I'm going to try to buy for everyone from there - there are some really great geek gifts and most of my friends, male and female, are pretty geeky. Anyways,  I really want to be supportive of artists, like myself.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Crab in a Cab

Work should never make your neck/back hurt so much. After spending the last two days on the computer working on a new illustration gig my neck wants to kill me. Violently. And it seems to be succeeding. I have recently, as in today, realized that I have not spent this time on the computer since before graduation. Also, a word from the wise (or something like that), never use a chair you bought at a thrift store for an art project and then 3 years later decide to use it as your main work chair by simply throwing a pillow on top of it. It's not a good idea and your neck will try to murder you.

But to the important news, I got a new illustration gig. I'm being paid to illustration several poems that will be on a woman's website that helps kids learn to read. I'm not going to be able to quit my day job any time soon but it's a start!

Here's my favorite so far!



Unfortunately I haven't been able to get much of my personal work done thanks to this new endeavor but promise I'll have some updates soon.

Friday, October 1, 2010

figure drawing

Believe it or not I was never required to take a figure drawing class at school. Today I went to Wild Goose Creative to figure draw for 3 hours at the ungodly hour of 7 AM. But I managed to drag my butt outta bed, grab a diet coke and ride my bike the whole 3ish blocks down there. I'm beyond happy that I went. It was the most welcoming group of artists I've ever met. We had a few 10 and 20 minute sessions followed by one 25 min. session.

Here are some of my favorites out of today's session.


This was my first sketch of the day. Our model was kind of downcast but she was still good to draw and an excellent model overall.



 


 

Monday, September 27, 2010

independents to dinos to seattle

So updating this has not been my strong point this week. Sorry about that. Any who...the CSCA (Columbus Society of Communicating Arts) had a very successful Creative Best Judging weekend. Although I wasn't accepted (volunteering has it's perks, I got to know early, even if it was disappointing but now at least I don't have to wait another month of anticipation). Jessica Hische and Mikey Burton were super entertaining and Peter Chan was so knowledgeable about everything.

Independents Festival was amazing. I met lots of local artists that I wouldn't have come in contact with otherwise.

In creative news, the book has been progressing nicely. I'm fairly confident I'll be able to finish everything by Halloween.


I also made my first monster cutout. It's just my logo for now, but I'm planning on doing a series of note cards very soon.


This week I had that crafty urge...so my old ratty looking lamp the the preteen in me decided to paint sometime in middle school got a makeover. I bought some amazing vintage fabric at A Gal Named Cinda Lou's earlier in the summer and some ribbon from JoAnn Fabrics (which was easy to find and use thanks to my handy ribbon organizer!), add some white paint and Ta-Da!

  
Before (the top was almost completely broken off from the frame due to the wind blowing it off my beside table at least once a week)


Another before image, this one is my awesome preteen paint job.



I love the new simplistic modern look my lamp now has. It looks great in my room and was super cheap to make. To continue my craftiness this week I also finally made a shadow box frame (and by "made" I mean bought at Target) for some mementos I have from my trip to Seattle last spring.



Anyways, hope everyone is having a good week!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Exhaustion

It's been a busy and exhausting week in the life of me.

I worked at a temporary second job for the week in between the hours of my normal job so let's just say I've been a little more tired than normal.

But...I did manage to get some work on my dinosaur book. Here's another sneak peak.


Ha, I just realized you can tell I painted my nails in between making the table and the characters. What do you think? (About the work not my nails.)

Also, I added some new prints to my Esty Store.

Friday I met with one of my old professors. I don't think I would have made it through my senior year without him and his fiance (who was another one of my professors) but don't let him know I said that. We talked a lot about how I can get more work as an illustrator. Talking with him always helps me focus on what I really want to do and not what I think everyone else thinks I should do. I've come to realize that illustrating is what makes me the happiest and it's what I want to do with the rest of my life. That's right, illustrating not graphic design. I could probably force myself into a graphic design career but I wouldn't be very happy at the end of the day. I never liked branding anyways.

Tonight is CSCA Presents Jessica Hirche. She is AMAZING. I'm so excited to listen to her speak. Jessica first got her taste of fame in the design word with her BLOG called the Daily Drop Cap. She illustrates one letter a day. I highly recommend reading her about section on her site.

Tomorrow after work I'm going to check out the Independent's Day 2010.  It should be a fun time and I always find inspiration at art festivals.

This week should be a bit quieter so hopefully I can get some more done on the book.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Updates as promised.

This week about a bazillion thoughts have been running through my head. It been hard to prioritize what should come first on my giant to-do list: illustrate book, researching grad schools, trying to find a big kid job, not to mention fitting in friends and family.

So as promised, here are a few quick look into the book I've been working on.


This is one of the completed characters.



This is the sketch of the next scene that I'm currently working on. 
 
 
I finally cleared off my painting table to make room to work on this again, I'll still be painting but less so in order to finish the book by my self-made deadline of Halloween.

Today my daily Esty email showed off these too beautiful bags that I just had to share. I wish I could justify spending money on them.


This one is by EllaOsix. She uses vintage fabrics to make each of her  bags (and they're very reasonably priced!)

This next one was the very last on my email (see it pays to look through the whole list!) I just love how chic yet professional it looks. I'd love to be able to take with with me to interviews and business meetings. 

The Cottage Cupboard is responsible for this creation. All her bags are very smart looking. 

Lastly  for today I wanted to share my ribbon holder that I'm so proud of! It was super easy to make. I just bought a dowel rod and hand saw from work (they gave me base made of scrap wood for free!). Next I measured how far apart I wanted the rods and sawed them to the same length. I did make sure to sand and wipe down all the pieces before assembly. This helps the paint to stick better and to make sure I don't end up with any nasty splinters. If I had a cordless drill I would have made holes for the dowels to be glued in (unfortunately that item is still on my need-to-buy-list/on-my-Christmas-list) so I just glued the pieces to the board, taped them in place, and let it dry over night. Next step was just a simple prime and paint job. I chose black since it would be a better base color for which the ribbon colors would stick out on and it would give the whole piece more weight. So ta-da! A new snazzy ribbon organizer!


I'm pretty sure I got the idea from a DYI magazine at work. Either way it's a great simple and easy project that anyone can do. Now no more ribbon going every which direction!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Goin' to the Chapel and They're Goin' Get Marrrrried!

Well it's official. I'm officially living with a married couple. The wedding was beautiful. A short (only 20 min!) ceremony followed by a party is the best kind of wedding!


Best wedding kiss ever!



We had a pretty good time too.

Since then my roomies have left for their honeymoon in Myrtle Beach. (I refused to be at home the night the got married since they weren't leaving until the next day. I stayed at a friends house instead.) Without the roomies I've had plenty time to re-evaluate a lot of things...grad school...job applications...what I want to do with my life, all the big questions. It's a lot to think about and I am starting to understand why all my friends were stressing about it last year.

In my own way I've decided to go all or nothing.

I have requested information for graduate schools from:

- Pacific Northwest College of Arts (my favorite so far)
- Academy of Art
- University of Washington
- Maryland Institute College of Art
- School of Visual Arts
- Art Center College of Design
- School of the Art Institute (Pittsburgh, Seattle, Portland and Chicago)
- Marywood University

If anyone has ANY insight into schools for Illustration or Graphic Design PLEASE do not hesitant to share. I could use any advice I can get during this process.

Until that whole ordeal is finalized, I've decided to do what I can to further my career. I figure there's no point in just lagging around at my dead end job waiting to go to a school that I haven't picked yet and have no guarantees of getting accepted. I do not do well without deadlines or structure so I've decided that I will apply to one design studio a week minimum while continuing to enhance my portfolio.

I highly recommend reading How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul by Adrian Shaughnessy. It's super enlightening and focuses on helping recent graduates and people just going into the design field. 



In addition to this I finally got the balls to open an Etsy shop. You can find me HERE. I'm really excited to start this business. I only have one print up so far. Today found me doing a lot of additional research on how to run a successful shop. I'll be sure to update you whenever I add more prints and original pieces.

One last thing for tonight. I'm finally getting back to illustrating the book I started during my last quarter of school. It's all written (it's about dinosaurs!) and about half the pages have been illustrated. Unfortunately it got put on the back burner once I graduated but now I'm vowing to finish it (including photography and mockup) by Halloween. That's about 8 weeks to complete over a dozen pages in addition to everything else I have decided to do. But here's a taste of the book. I based the whole story on some illustrations I did my sophomore year for an English class. The new story is done with cut paper and marker. I'll have more for you to see in the next few days so be sure to check back soon!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Wedding Bells!


Today includes my roommates getting hitched. That's right, after this TONIGHT I will be living with a married couple. I know to most people that seems a bit strange, and it is, but it's going to be great! 1) They're getting lots of awesome stuff that I get to use (ie. a new bath rug and shower curtain, plus all the new kitchen appliances/nifty things a person could dream of. 2) Daniel mows the lawn and is our mr.fix it guy. 3) I'm just happy for them in general. So for they're wedding present I bought them a houseplant that could go in their room. Not super original but I didn't want to get something that I would use all the time too and it's what I could afford. However, to make that gift less lame I created this mixed media piece. 

Here's a shot of it after all the newspaper has been attached and paint applied. 

 
These next shots are the final product and a close up of the figures. 


In addition to this, I just dropped off some more work at A Gal Named Cinda Lou. Tonight is the Fourth Friday Festival in Westerville with the theme "the Dog Days of Summer" so all dogs (on leashes of course) are welcome to come out and check out all the shops and vendors that will be out.