I was concerned a jack o'lantern by itself might make for a boring illustration, but is this guy boring? I don't think so!
It was kind of interesting to watch this one develop, so I thought I'd post the stages it went through: Stage 1, the pencil sketch:
Stage 2, the basic shapes and colors established in Illustrator:
Stage 3, adding paint in ArtRage:
Stage 4, adding texture and other finishing touches in Photoshop:
And finally back into Illustrator to drop it into my alphabet template:
Every day, I'm convinced I can't, and every day, I do it.
I promised I would start sharing some of my favorite resources for art licensing, and here's the first one: How to Create a Sell Sheet for Artists eGuide by Natalie Timmons. It's free, it's concise, it's detailed, and it is incredibly useful; it's the best guide I've found for creating sell sheets for your art licensing collections. And did I mention it's FREE!?
On to the 2nd alphabet: Halloween and "A is for apparition." I have to confess, every day I'm mildly panicked at the prospect of actually coming up with a piece that I'm proud to share, and yet, so far, I've managed to pull it off every day for the last 27 days. Maybe I can really do this. When I started this daily challenge, it was just to challenge myself to make something every day and post it for the world (or at least my family) to see. I quickly realized it would be a great way to develop collections of art for licensing, and of course, holidays are huge in the world of art licensing. The monster alphabet was a great place to start; I feel like it was something of a warm-up, proof to myself that I could stick with a daily art-making plan, and I'm pretty excited to be starting on this Halloween collection.
As I go along, I'm going to write more about what I'm learning about art licensing; I've found some really great resources, and I'm going to start sharing those, as well as chronicling my journey toward building a licensing portfolio and becoming a licensed artist. Stayed tuned!
Ok, this is pretty cool. I bought Phyllis Dobbs' Create Product Mockups package not too long ago, and now I'm putting it to use, along with Natalie Timmons' free download "How to Create a Sell Sheet," to present my licensing collections to manufacturers. I think this looks pretty awesome: