• 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.

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    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?

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  • 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.

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    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?

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  • Sketchbook: Best of Week 12.08.16

    Here we go, folks. This is the best sketch of the week.

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    I chose this sketch because I liked the balance between the ink and watercolour. Sometimes I find the ink can be overpowering but I imagine it’s how I apply it. The top could have been better but it’s something that could be avoided when spending more time on a piece. Anyways, this one’s for you, succulent lovers.

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  • Full Sketchbook (2009-2015)

    I’ve been working on some larger design projects this year which has left me to fill my social media with illustration. I’ve always been so unsure about if what I am posting is good enough, if my style is good enough, if my style has definition, and every other bit of art insecurity. Trouble is, I’d really like to focus further on my illustration career. With a lot of career inspiration lately from Jake Parker, I figured it’s time to let that go.

    Sketchbook Fright!

    I’ve always had a fear of showing the messy thought processes within my sketchbook. I’ve shed that and decided to make my first Youtube video featuring an sketchbook with scattered use between 2009 – 2015. If you were once like me, know that many sketchbooks are not picture perfect. It’s a place for practice; for ideas; for stray doodling while you think. I’ve heard advice that not everything you draw needs to be shown to your audience. Reason being that you want clients and employers to think you only do awesome and consistent work. This is very true and should be aimed for… in your portfolio. A sketchbook is a chance to show that you are interested in continuous learning. That you love what you are doing. That you are open to new ideas. That you deserve to be financially compensated for the hard work you’ve put into your craft.

    I’ve started a few new ones and have been pretty consistent in working in them. I’ll be posting many on my social media platforms and featuring a “best of the week” here.

    Be seeing you.