Monday, August 23, 2010

Becca's Baba Yaga

Well, here is my interpretation of one of the classic Russian Fairy Tales of Baba Yaga. I had a ton of fun with this one!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Illustration Master Class and Imagine FX

Well, this post is a bit overdue seeing as the Master Class was in June, but I just received a copy of the September issue of Imagine FX and got excited to make this post into a neat little package.

The Illustration Master Class this year was phenomenal. The fabulous faculty and top-notch students made the hours spent in the studio loads of fun and loaded with informative demos, critiques and lectures. I went into it more relaxed than last year - it's easy to get overwhelmed or put too much pressure on yourself in a workshop like this (which is what happened to me last time) - and I had a fabulous time this year. I did a painting that I am really proud of, and took plenty of time to mingle with the other students and faculty. I challenged myself this year to use only watercolors - no colored pencils. I did so because none of the faculty really use colored pencil, so this way I'd get better instruction on technique, and also because watercolors are difficult for me. The result is below.

After the class ended, the students had a chance to submit a jpeg of their work to be considered for an Imagine FX article. I sent mine in, not thinking I'd have much of a chance. But wait! A few weeks later I got an email from Rebecca Guay, the lovely and talented IMC organizer and wonderful artist, saying that I along with 9 other IMCers had been chosen for the article! Whoa! So cool! We were chosen out of a pool of really high caliber artists, so this was such a complement. Then, the real thrill, I saw the magazine itself and my piece had actually been chosen as the top 5! Needless to say, I am pretty stoked to be included with my IMC classmates in this article, and I am very grateful to the IMC faculty for pushing me and helping me to do one of my best paintings yet.