• Inktober 2016 Complete

    I hope you’ve had the time to follow my progress over this year’s Inktober. I feel like I’ve gotten more comfortable with both digital sketching and real life inking. I decided to try Jake Parker’s method of sketching in photoshop. I after inked with Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.1, Faber-Castell #199 Black – F, and/or Faber-Castell #199 Black – B.

    When it came to styles and techniques, I saw this as an opportunity to try a large variety. You’ll see some of my illustrations ranged between cartoon-ish to more realistic. I decided on my subject based on my inspiration for the day.

    This was my first time participating in Inktober. I am happy with the amount I was able to complete. I only missed three days: Day 15, Day 26, and Day 28. Twenty eight out of thirty one is not too shabby.

    Below is a recap of all the illustrations I’ve completed. I’d love to hear your feedback.

    I will be having an online auction soon for the originals which do not have the Inktober and website mark as you see here. Check back on here, or on my social media, for more details. It will be a limited opportunity and a great chance to get some original art for a lower price.

    [EDIT: The online auction is scheduled for Monday November 7th, 2016 over on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/635777783258538/ 12 noon to 10pm MST]

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Doodler’s Anonymous – My Side Kick

    Tom Bihn is giving away a pretty neat looking travel backpack through Doodler’s Anonymous. Since I’m drawing every day for Inktober, I figured I’d create one bird for two projects.

    Doodlers Anonymous has asked for a side kick for The Hero’s Journey. This would be my sidekick; a giant ride-able bird.

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    Fun Fact: Drawn in ink, coloured in photoshop.

    Help me win The Hero’s Journey (worth $480.00 USD) by voting for my sidekick. You can vote for my submission starting October 10, 2016 @ 01:01 PM MST.

     

  • InkTober 2016 Announcement

    I wanted to give everyone a heads up that I will be taking part in InkTober 2016. If you aren’t already familiar, InkTober is a month long drawing challenge with…. well, ink. My goal is to complete the full challenge though many will choose to “go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week.

    While I attempt this, I will be placing my Sketchbook: Best of the Week posts on hold. I will be posting my InkTober drawings daily on my social media (fb and instagram: @amandawall_cs) and will post all of them together at the end of the month.

    If you’d like to join me, the rules are simple.
    1. Make a drawing in ink
    2. Post it online
    3. Hashtag it with #inktober #inktober2016 so others can find it.
    4. Repeat.

    InkTober was started by Jake Parker, Illustrator. Learn more here.

    Let me know if you are participating below. Feel free to leave a link to your work so I, and others, can have a gander.

    Be seeing you.

  • Sketchbook: Best of Week 25.09.16

    Last week I didn’t post a best of because I got pretty busy with client work. This week I dug back into the sketchbooks! It’s really easy to get pulled away with paid work and other life duties but it is important to spend the time if you’d like to improve and I’m ready to put in the hours to work to the next level.

    This week’s best of would have to be this nest.

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    I didn’t choose this sketch because of realism or accuracy but because while I drew this I finally noticed how comfortable I feel sketching in photoshop. The movements are starting to feel fluid and no different than when I put pencil to paper. Another thing I’ve started to notice is when I’m drawing on paper, I don’t think about erasers but how to undo

    I’d still like to find some brushes that I’m in love with so if you have any suggestions, let me know!

    If you want to see what else I’m up to throughout the week, follow me on my social media: Facebook and Instagram (@amandawall_cs). For those of your who do, did you agree with best of the week or was another your favourite?

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  • Why Investing in Design is Just Good Business

    Design is not just a superficial polish, but a functional aspect of successful business. A graphic designer uses visual elements (images, words, and conceptual ideas) to convey information to your audience with a specific purpose. Good design can create a strong, loyal customer base that could last for generations and you will benefit with an increase of sales in the short term. There are three key ways how design adds value:

    driving innovation and entering uncontested market spaces
    differentiating products and services to attract customers
    improving recognition by strengthening branding

    There is one important requirement when making a design investment; Use a professional and trust their talent.  Brave decisions lead to successful and innovative design. Trust between company and creative is therefor fundamental. Let a designers portfolio, education, and references be a base for that trust. Designers are not simply technical specialists with functional expertise.

    A great graphic designer will help your business prosper.

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  • Sketchbook: Best of Week 04.09.16

    This week’s best of is one of the foxes. I liked this one because of the interesting pose and the simplistic line work.

    Foxes2_AmandaWall

    I’d have liked to post more this week but I’ve been working on finishing up some portions of some larger design projects and a digital painting.

    If you want to see what else I’m up to throughout the week, follow me on my social media: Facebook and Instagram (@amandawall_cs). For those of your who do, did you agree with best of the week or was another your favourite?

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  • Drawing the Dead

    There is always an out pour of sketches, drawings, and paintings when a public figure newly passes away. Besides the legal aspect regarding rights of publicity, do you think this is a cheap social media move or a lovely tribute? This is a question I had to ask myself after the recent passing of Gene Wilder.

    I went through with the sketch. I did so because I truly enjoyed Gene Wilder’s work. While I created a stylized illustration I was also taking time to remember the great cinematic moments he’d been a part of and how that had played a part in my childhood memories. I posted not only to showcase my work, but to give the viewer a chance to take part in the same process of recollection.

    I’ve heard some artists deciding the opposite. I do feel if you are only using these moments to gain a larger following while a name is trending, then you are drawing the deceased for the wrong reason.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences regarding this subject.

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  • Sketchbook: Best of Week 28.08.16

    This week I had a few successes and I had a few duds.

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    This was a practice after Otto Greiner’s own. If I could go back, I’d fix the proportions surrounding the shoulder on our right. I chose this for best of the week because it was difficult and I feel like I’d learned a lot from the process.

    If you want to see what else I’m up to throughout the week, follow me on my social media: Facebook and Instagram (@amandawall_cs). For those of your who do, did you agree with best of the week or was another your favourite?

    Be seeing you.

  • Sketchbook: Best of Week 21.08.16

    I didn’t get as much sketching done this week as I’d have liked. I was busy trying to complete design projects and had a baseball tournament over the weekend. Still, I’ve decided to post a best of the week so here it is.

    BearRider
    I like the playfulness of both the concept and the lines. If you didn’t know, my son (3) was the inspiration for this sketch with his tall tales of riding bears. I’d like to pull ahead with my figures in the next while. I do feel, however, that I’ve really picked up in terms of skill in the digital world. I really struggled with it previously. While I still think I have a lot to learn, I’m happy that something has finally clicked.

    If you want to see what else I’m up to throughout the week, follow me on my social media: Facebook and Instagram (@amandawall_cs). For those of your who do, did you agree with best of the week or was another your favourite?

    Be seeing you.

  • Tips for Art / Illustration Block

    I’ve always had a bit of difficulty deciding what direction to take my blog. I’ve finally made a decision to post regularly regarding sketchbooks, advice for peers, and advice for clients. This advice is for other creatives.

    Tips for Art / Illustration Block

    I’ve discovered that the largest obstacle for me was fear of not being good enough to execute the ideas that were coming my way. First decide to shed that fear because with it, you are only holding yourself back. I’ve learned that it is more important to get a sketch or piece of work finished and learn from my successes and mistakes. Now, you’re with me? Good. These other tips should help get the creative juices flowing.
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