Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Update on art and life

Hey y'all.

So I have some news: I have a real design job! Actually, I have 3 (THREE) jobs right now. I work as a page designer for my school's newspaper, which is only an hour or two a week, and I get payed peanuts, so it's just for the experience really. Then I have been freelancing Snapchat filters. Snapchat is a phone app that allows you to send pictures and messages to your friends, or anyone really if you know their usuername--I totally follow Ariana Grande--and the pictures and messages disappear  in seconds. And people and businesses pay me to create custom filters, for business events, birthday parties, sporting events, anything really. You could technically pay me to make you a filter for laundry day. What a time to be alive! And now I have a job as a graphic designer at my school. 

I don't know how I'm handling this, but I have taken 19 school credits in the past, so I think I got this. Maybe.

All this is my way of saying that I won't be making as much art as I had hoped this summer. It's sad, but getting a paycheck is a cool, adult thing to do. A girl needs new shoes. 

Anyways, I'll post every two weeks or so, it won't be as much art as it has been in the past, but I'll try to have at least a few sketches and updates on long term projects. 

Here are some examples of my latest project: wine labels! I got the idea after a very emotional night where my friends and I watched the last few episodes of the series Friends. There may have been some crying and wine drinking. 

I thought it would be fun to get wine for specific occasions, but not the "you got the job!" kind of occasion. Instead these are funny, sardonic, and maybe too real for certain moments in life--moments when you just need a bottle of wine and some friends. 

(The movie "Office Space" comes to mind)

(Don't dwell on your troubles, take a break with this Zinfandel)

(For when you're dealing with a lot, and just surviving is a reason to celebrate)

These lovely mockups came from behance.net, they bring my labels to life.

I plan on making a few more, including "You did things today!" and "It's finally the weekend!" We'll see how that goes. Other ones can be seen on my Instagram at divasque. 

To finish, here are some random doodles I've made!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Summer Time Art!

Happy Summer!

I know it's summer, but that doesn't stop me from making art. Although I have taken a bit of break. I have been sleeping in, binge watching "Friends," hanging out the real friends, exercising a lot, and occasionally I just lie on the floor listening to music. I've been doing all the things there is never enough time for during school! 

But I have taken on some projects! My roommate Alex is going to be an elementary school teacher in the fall, and I'm helping here make some decorations for her classroom. I made a bunch of fun patterns, each in a theme of a subject she loves (ballet, baking, dinosaurs, etc.), and I used those patterns to create a sign for her name.

 We fell in love with these patterns so much that we might print and frame them to hang in our apartment. 

I have also been having some fun with Illustrator, rediscovering what I can do with it. So sort of completely out of the blue I came up with this! I started by making some mountains, and suddenly the idea of a whale emerging from the desert sounded like a picture I had to create. It is the first time I made a digital image without having handmade sketch first. I think that's an accomplishment!  

And lastly, I made another Glenda doll. My teacher kept the first one, and not having one with me just wouldn't do. 

I still need to paint her eyes and add a little color to her cheeks, but I also like her like this. So I haven't been entirely useless these last . . .5 weeks? Has it really been that long?! Well, I have a few more projects that I just started on, I'll keep you posted!