Monthly Archives: November 2009

What’s New

It’s been an exciting month for JZ Artworks! The studio has finally been painted! I absolutely love the new atmosphere of my workspace. Previously, the room was completely a pinky-beige color (from the trim, to the walls to the ceiling….) Now, the walls are a beautiful light lilac color, with a deeper grape color under the chair-rail. The walls are light enough not to affect the colors of any paintings-in-process, but still feels calm and creative.

Also this month I decided that it was time to begin to learn to create my artwork digitally. Now, I have no plans on saying “goodbye” to watercolor, but I do want to make sure that my skill set does not become obsolete in the future. Technology is not going away, and I was to make sure that my style is adaptable so that I can stay competitive in this industry. So, JZ Artworks bought me an early Christmas gift: a Wacom Cintiq. My previous tablet was old and very small, and was cramping my hands with prolonged use. When I priced the size tablet that I wanted, it was about the same price the coveted Cintiq, so financially, it made sense to get the better tablet. All I can say is that this is a very powerful tool. It takes come getting used to, but I really enjoy being able to draw directly on the screen. I’ve experimented with some brushes and have been gravitating to a few favorites. I am a long way from being able to call myself a true professional digital artist, but I am feeling pretty good about how my experiments are going. Also, editing my traditional artwork in Photoshop has become easier due to this tool.

Here are some of my experiments:
This first image is a close up of a section of a watercolor illustration I have done.
This next image is that same sketch, but with the girl and the dog colored digitally (the background is obviously not complete).Currently, I feel that my traditional work has more energy in the color, but I do like how clean the details of the digital experiment are turning out, especially around the eyes and in the hair. Your opinions are of course welcome! Well, I have several projects in the works right now, so I have to get back to my art desk. Happy Thanksgiving weekend, everyone!

What’s New

It’s been an exciting month for JZ Artworks! The studio has finally been painted! I absolutely love the new atmosphere of my workspace. Previously, the room was completely a pinky-beige color (from the trim, to the walls to the ceiling….) Now, the walls are a beautiful light lilac color, with a deeper grape color under the chair-rail. The walls are light enough not to affect the colors of any paintings-in-process, but still feels calm and creative.

Also this month I decided that it was time to begin to learn to create my artwork digitally. Now, I have no plans on saying “goodbye” to watercolor, but I do want to make sure that my skill set does not become obsolete in the future. Technology is not going away, and I was to make sure that my style is adaptable so that I can stay competitive in this industry. So, JZ Artworks bought me an early Christmas gift: a Wacom Cintiq. My previous tablet was old and very small, and was cramping my hands with prolonged use. When I priced the size tablet that I wanted, it was about the same price the coveted Cintiq, so financially, it made sense to get the better tablet. All I can say is that this is a very powerful tool. It takes come getting used to, but I really enjoy being able to draw directly on the screen. I’ve experimented with some brushes and have been gravitating to a few favorites. I am a long way from being able to call myself a true professional digital artist, but I am feeling pretty good about how my experiments are going. Also, editing my traditional artwork in Photoshop has become easier due to this tool.

Here are some of my experiments:
This first image is a close up of a section of a watercolor illustration I have done.
This next image is that same sketch, but with the girl and the dog colored digitally (the background is obviously not complete).Currently, I feel that my traditional work has more energy in the color, but I do like how clean the details of the digital experiment are turning out, especially around the eyes and in the hair. Your opinions are of course welcome! Well, I have several projects in the works right now, so I have to get back to my art desk. Happy Thanksgiving weekend, everyone!

Busy Bees Hawaii

I’m proud to announce that Busy Bees Hawaii is now up and running! I’ve been working very hard on the site with my sister and friends at Mix Plate Media to build our online store. Busy Bees Hawaii is the company started by my family and I to sell clothes with original characters and designs by yours truly. :)

Although we’re originally focused on baby and infant clothing, we do provide adult sizes. Become a facebook fan of BusyBeesHawaii if you like our stuff.

I hope everyone is having a great thanksgiving holiday!!

You can click the following link to visit BusyBeesHawaii.

Busy Bees Hawaii

I’m proud to announce that Busy Bees Hawaii is now up and running! I’ve been working very hard on the site with my sister and friends at Mix Plate Media to build our online store. Busy Bees Hawaii is the company started by my family and I to sell clothes with original characters and designs by yours truly. :)

Although we’re originally focused on baby and infant clothing, we do provide adult sizes. Become a facebook fan of BusyBeesHawaii if you like our stuff.

I hope everyone is having a great thanksgiving holiday!!

You can click the following link to visit BusyBeesHawaii.

Gratitude

It is never too late to give thanks so here’s my post Thanksgiving Day post.

Yesterday found me contemplating all day what I had to be thankful for while I harvested & cooked our farm food for the feast.

No matter how difficult things have been and no matter many hours I had to work in my early years juggling children’s needs and my art as a single mother it will never ever be as hard as many

Gratitude

It is never too late to give thanks so here’s my post Thanksgiving Day post.

Yesterday found me contemplating all day what I had to be thankful for while I harvested & cooked our farm food for the feast.

No matter how difficult things have been and no matter many hours I had to work in my early years juggling children’s needs and my art as a single mother it will never ever be as hard as many

Celebz

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I noticed I haven’t done any portraits in quite a while so last night I had the urge to draw some celebrities I found interesting. For me, when doing portraits, the feeling of exultation or of utter despair is determined solely on whether or not a likeness is achieved. And having not practiced in months, I had a bit of difficulty. Nonetheless, these were still really fun to do. I definitely plan on doing more of these, and I’ve got a small list of names I’d like to draw.

Stanley Kubrick

Yoni Wolf

Tilda Swinton

Terry Richardson

Spike Jonze