Original scan > Flat color > Embellishments
My Portland People series is the perfect platform for digital coloring experiments. A mere few years ago I knew cuss about Photoshop, even really hating it. But the more I force myself to practice with Photoshop, the more I actually enjoy it.
While I’ll always be a traditional medium girl, I will finally admit that there’s some pretty cool shit you can do in Photoshop. (Although I still paint waaaaay faster than when using a wacom tablet!)
The past few weeks have been filled with the usual summer activities: listening to people complain about the heat, avoiding going to the river like the plague, muddling a thousand mojitos and margaritas at work, riding my motorbike around town, sitting on patios, applying sunblock, barbecuing on the porch. I also just hosted my Arizona pal Lauren and met with a few other AZ ex-pats, and as soon as Lauren returned to the desert it rained.
Basically, I’ve not been able to spend a great deal of time in the studio, or at the computer for that matter. As they say, YOLO and shit.
However, in these times when I AM in the studio I work at break-neck speeds, fueled by caffeine and the mega intense symphonies on the classical music station (DUDE SO INTENSE). This past week I began work on a piece for another show at the Pony Club Gallery.
That’s all you get to see of my giant bunny until the show opens!
The show will be entitled “GIANTS” and is opening Thursday, Sept 6th at 6pm at the Pony Club. I’ll be there, and I also plan on attending this at Floating World Comics later in the evening. Julia Gfrörer’s webcomic can be found on the Study Group site and is updated weekly. You should click on all of those things.
Speaking of comics, I’m all sold out of my copies of Adult Babysitting: Volume I! Thanks to every single person that bought one, and to every single drunk person who inspired me. You’re all the best.
There are still copies floating around Portland, mainly comic shops. Check back here for updates on the new issue.
(Yeah, there’s a tag I never use, but you’ll see why shortly)
We’re in the dog days of summer, and so we gathered on the hot patio of Apex, sweaty and sluggish, to draw some stuff and drink some beers.
Topic of discussion ranged from shark week to Batman, and took a turn for the worse when buddy Brian mentioned a restaurant experience that included a breast-feeding seven year old. And…well, in my sketchbook…..well…..sorry.
Ahem. Yes, here are my sketchbook drawings from this month. Enjoy (?).
Join us in September, when we host yet another Drink & Draw event, same time, same place. Keep your eyes peeled on the Internets when I announce the date.
As always, thanks to the kindly art folks that joined us, we greatly enjoy your company!
Still plugging away on my comic, Adult Babysitting. Since deliberately taking more time with this issue, I’ve been really enjoying exploring new layouts in this wonderful art form we call COMICS. And of course, I’m still laughing the whole time.
Adult Babysitting: Vol I was recently reviewed in the Portland Mercury, much to my surprise. See the article here.
And if you STILL haven’t picked up your own copy of Volume I, visit most any Portland comic shop or place an order before I run out!
Posted in Adult Babysitting, Bartending, Comic, Hand-Lettering, Ink
Tagged Adult Babysitting, Bartending, Booze, Comics, Hand-lettered, Ink, Little Wolf, Maryanna Hoggatt, Portland Mercury, Review, Volume II
(typography added by Jake)
We’re hosting another awesome summer gathering on the patio tables of Apex; join us for an evening of art talks, sketchbook challenges, and tasty beers.
I was asked to design the above poster by my friend Clinton, who is part owner of local bicycle shop A Better Cycle. Although my bicycle is currently collecting dust in a dark corner of my garage, they gave me a nice tune-up many moons ago.
If I were you, I’d do what the flyer says and drink their free beer and eat their free food.