October Sketchbook 2017 – Improving in Adobe Illustrator
You love tacos, I love tacos, we all love tacos… And after eating aplenty at a really nice place in Bournemouth, I wanted to brush up my skills in Adobe Illustrator the best way I could think to – making myself a street-food taco truck in case I ever fancy a change of career. Trying to combine my painterly approach with clean vector lines is challenging, but this guy turned out pretty well I think!
So, it’s just over two weeks until Thought Bubble Festival and all hands (i.e. both of mine) are on deck to make sure everything is ready for my table, and it all looks as awesome as it possibly can!
Last weekSelf-Care & Vegetableswent off to print and has had an amazing response, so huge thanks to everyone who has shown support. Pre-orders opened up last Wednesday and are off to a great start – so order yours now to avoid disappointment! You can pre-order Self-Care & Vegetables from my Etsy store here, with a shipping date of Friday 22nd September.
I’ve also been working away on some cool pieces to go with the zine, and so far all pre-orders made through Etsy will get a free mini print! I have another cool giveaway at Thought Bubble Festival itself involving these badges.. so keep an eye out for more news coming soon.
Talking of pre-orders, those gents at Good Comics have also put up their pre-orders for the autumn releases coming out at Thought Bubble – Olivia Sullivan‘s SID, Sarah Crosby‘s Stir Fry and Elizabeth Querstret‘s New York. I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Good Comics recently, and I checked out Olivia’s SID and wrote a thing about it for the press release:
Olivia’s newest work is brutally honest and allows you to step inside the unpleasant but candid world of obsessive compulsive disorder. SID opens up to us in a way which you don’t necessarily ask for, but offers another excellent example of honestly talking about mental illness.
(Also, if you pre-order my zine and Sarah Crosby’s comic, you essentially have yourself a Vegetable Stir Fry.)
In other news, in and around all the other things going on, I’ve still been working away on three illustrations for a submission that I alluded to previously. I’ve been pretty short on time with the zine, the day job and all the other things, but they’re coming along nicely – and patiently awaiting me finishing them off on my noticeboard. Check it out:
And finally, I had the pleasure of working on something a bit different the past couple of weeks – a logo commission, with the final outcome created in Adobe Illustrator as a vector image, rather than old pen on paper (pixel) images! For those who aren’t art nerds, the key difference with a vector based image is the ability to resize. If you have a normal image you draw or save off the internet, and you try to make it way bigger, it goes all pixelated and blurry. Vector images can be freely resized and are essentially made up of shapes. Tech-talk aside, here’s a sneak peek of the humble beginnings of scanning the drawing in and working over the top, and the final giggling jellies:
What’s your clearance, Clarence?
What’s your vector, Victor?
And there we have it! As is the usual, life would be quiet if I didn’t have my usual juggling act of projects on the go. Hopefully next week I’ll have my zines back from the printers and some previews will be on the way, so keep your peepers peeled for the next update! Laters.