Aug. was a ” very ” busy month I was lucky enough to be swamped with work, especially as now in Sept. Fanny and I are finally getting hitched so I know I will not be able to take on as much work again till Oct… This is the first post of what I am going to call my work log. The idea is simple enough I will post some images and explanations of my work as I go along. Should help me keep and eye on just what it is I do and might be interesting for others to see as I will be sharing more of the process here instead of just pretty pictures of final results…
Started off doing some concept sketches for Alison Sadler, I don’t even remember at this point what it was for but was kind of fun… Alison Is my very first commercial design client so when she calls even if it is last minute I don’t say no. She needed some design sketches to get her team rolling by morning so I am making coffee.
Concept Plastic Dudes
I have decided to make a collection of sketches done from things I find here in China, I may develop some of these into more complete illustrations later but in meantime this will be a nice way to document the trip and give me some much needed milage with my sketchwork.
OK so I am doing my homework and forcing myself to do some sketches. I have been working a lot and truthfully I am just not called upon by my clients to sketch anymore. As a traditionally trained artist I cannot allow myself to lose this most basic of skills. I have decided to sketch on my cintiq using photos I have taken recently as the subject. Maybe in the future I will purchase the smaller portable cintiq and take this exercise outside but for now this will suffice.
I found this bike on the sidewalk on a recent walk through Liantang. You find these everywhere outfitted with saddlebag style cargo racks. I am thinking this one is probably to deliver bottled water.
Water Delivery Bike
I have finally broken down and decided to try a new form of marketing ( new for me ). In the past I have always relied on word of mouth to get work but I figure it never hurts to try and I would like to see what will come of the attempt. I have decided to buy a page in the Next issue of Directory of Illustration, its a printed book displaying the work of professional illustrators and designers which goes out to Art Directors, Agencies, and other decision makers in the Creative World Industry. When you sign up you are allowed access to their online portfolio site where you can post examples of work for 2 years. I have to complete my page design and upload it by the deadline of May 8th, I have decided to design it specifically for this purpose rather then display something done for a client.
While thinking of this project, I have been asked to accompany Fanny to the factory where MegaU‘s products are assembled. I figure I can get a start on it while she works… The factory is about an hour and half away by car, on the way there we must pass through a few checkpoints. The checkpoints now are used to collect the toll but I believe in the past they were more of a security function.