There is an old saying that “practice makes perfect”. It just isn’t true with illustration (or graphic design, but we’ll save that for another time). What practice and dedication does though is make progress. Over time you will see yourself improve. This post will show you my improvement over time and Practice Makes Progress – Part 2 will give you some tips for your practice.
Let’s go over some fun facts. Although I loved creating, I didn’t take advantage of art classes in jr. high or high school (with a 3 credit grade ten class exception). Having time to spare, I took a grade ten level Communication Technology class my senior year. The logical course of action would be to pursue it as a career; not! I did anyways.
Let’s take a look at what I was producing back in 2003 (when I was in grade 10).
It’s been a busy 2015! I’ve been posting little updates on my social media but have been meaning to share my speech from February’s CultureFWD put on by the Town of Stony Plain. It will help you to get to know a little more about what I do and where I work.
” Hello Everyone. My name is Amanda Wall. I am a freelance Graphic Designer that specializes in print design and illustration. A graphic designer communicates ideas visually through the use of type, space, and imagery. Think of me as a creative contractor.
I am a graduate of Grant MacEwan University having earned a Design Foundations Certificate and a Design Diploma with a Major in Illustration. I have been freelancing from my home studio and taking on site contract positions since 2009.
Who I am is as much about the clients I’m passionate about serving. I love working with clients on projects relating to education, social services, health and wellness, sustainability, and all of life’s greatest events.
So… What I do is take innovative ideas from concept to completion. The term innovation can be defined as something original and more effective. It can be viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements; inarticulated or existing needs. I sell solutions that are going to make an impact for my client; to achieve a personal or business objective. I create designs and illustrations that entice people to look, explore, and engage.
Stony Plain is the nearest significant town to the Hamlet of Keephills where I reside and work. I am able to serve my clients remotely but living nearby has been beneficial.
It is a community that values art and culture – a great match as design and illustration create and reflect culture. It is home to other creatives to collaborate with and learn from. You can make connections at one of it’s many events… events like CultureFWD or the Stony Plain Art Walk. I can find the resources I need, here in town, such as a variety of printers and framers. Most importantly to the success of my business is the opportunities this town gives me for clients. Thanks to it’s continued growth, I can look forward to building relationships with both new and established businesses.”
Believe me when I say that reading it is more pleasant than having heard me speak. Occasionally public speaking gets the best of me and that night was one of them. I look forward to giving it another go as I learned a thing or two from this experience.
CultureFWD is an awesome local networking event that I encourage others to attend in the future.
I have submitted illustration work for greeting/post cards in an effort to gain contract work with Chicken Scratch in Old Strathcona. They are already home to many talented Canadian artists.
We kick the night off with drinking and mingling, allowing for browsing and selling of artistic display. You will have the opportunity to meet some of Edmonton’s freshest talent and even buy anything that catches your fancy! After an hour or so, we will be presenting the most popular, stylistic and unique artists with awards!
Be seeing you.
Now that Christmas has passed, I can share with you a commissioned Christmas present. “What do you get someone who already has everything…”. I resent all the junk that gets passed around on Christmas but this was a gift of meaning and memories. I really enjoyed hearing the thought put into this gift by the client.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been commissioned work solely completed with graphite so it was a nice change of pace. The client presented me with the concept and preliminary design. It is 8.5 x 11″ on 90 lb canson.
Click the image for a larger view.
Be seeing you.
We have a coffee table with a lot of glass – Our toddler likes to smash it.
A sturdy wooden play top that sits on the table for easy adult time removal.
Wood, Acrylic Paint, Sharpie, Sealer
Personal projects require your detailed attention just like your client work.
This is a free 8.5″ x 11″ hand drawn colouring sheet for kidletts and adults alike (click on the image for the large version, save, and print away). Sea horses have always looked like they were ready for a party to me.
This was submitted to Doodlers Anonymous for their latest colouring book. Their open call received 1426 submissions and this fun fella wasn’t one of the selected 60.
It’s my first go at a colouring sheet and I just may make more in the future.
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This November you can support Edmonton and area artists at Art from the Unknown. Join for a free night of networking and conversation. Browse during general gallery on a date or solo expedition. You’ll view (and have the chance to purchase) ten pieces of my work and that of other visual and performing artists.
Hosted at the Old Strathcona Centre for the Performing Arts / Cosmopolitan Music Society, located at 8426 Gateway Boulevard, Edmonton, Alberta. The Event will run during the following times:
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Opening Night Reception with Live Music
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
I’ve been behind on my blog. Our family finished off the summer with a bang and I’ve been really busy (happily) here in the studio.
I wanted to share with you my favourite summer curio stones.
* The chicken in the middle had an egg on the opposite side.
Keep a look out around Parkland County and surrounding areas to find one of these little treasures and the discount that comes with them. If you want to see what’s going out on the regular, follow me on instagram, @AmandaWall_CS
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I thought it might be nice to give you a peek into my work space. It is the smallest room in our household. The previous room I was using is now our sons. Can you believe this used to be a laundry room? I had to downsize my drafting table and get creative with its placement. This little studio is where the magic (meaning hard creative work) happens.
The second of a 5×7″ trio inspired by the Oz stories.
Created with ink, watercolour, and a splash of acrylic.
Check back soon for the final piece in the series and to find out how you can purchase these originals.