I feel like process for me has been a huge part of the journey with my illustration work. The more I spend time thinking about my process and making improvements I move up the ladder in leaps and bounds. I made a Youtube Video about How I take my drawings to final digital file. See the video below, and please like and subscribe for future video content about my process!
I decided to take an animation course for an elective while working on my MFA. Best thing I could do and boy did it make more work hard! Animators work so hard. Here are 3 animations I posted on my Youtube Channel. I also have video tutorials for Adobe Software we used in class. Met some really nice fellow students in my class. They were so encouraging and provided some great tips! Stay tuned I interviewed some of them for my podcast. See below for the videos and please like and subscribe to my channel.
I worked on a cut paper illustration of a dragon reading to some kids and thought I would turn it into a coloring sheet for kids that are stuck at home and want something fun to color. I would like to make some other fun PDF activities in the future. Stay tuned!
Here is the link FUN STUFF. Click Download file to get your PDF to download.
I did some work for Apple Sauce Book Publishing recently and the workbook is no available for purchase. I did some spot illustrations in Adobe Illustrator for their numbers workbook for preschool to age 6. Here is a link to their website. https://applesaucebooks.weebly.com/
You can purchase the book on Amazon.com and here is a direct link to the Preschool Numbers Work book. It was a learning experience working with the editorial director, Heather Tietz. She is wonderful to work with and she was willing to allow me a great deal of freedom to work on the illustrations. I did some cute black and white vector illustrations of farm animals, and created the logo design. She is an experienced writer and educator for early education.
It's great working with people like that and it makes you feel like you had a hand in creating the final product! I'm looking forward to continue working with Applesauce Books in the future.
I found this challenge on IG about the Paper Artist Collective called #amonthinpaper. I've been working further art exploring my cut paper technique. A great way for you to challenge yourself in cut paper. Follow the prompt #amonthinpaper to see cut paper artist and their work around the world.
I made a Youtube Playlist because I noticed that when I was teaching classes my graphic students the image are not the same size. After we got into Adobe Indesign this was a great way to get them to create their own portfolios that they could send JPGs or PDF to a client. Having a website is important, but illustration clients may want JPG or PDF samples for their artist archives.
AirBNB has been using illustration heavily in the ad campaigns. Which is great news for illustrators. They went above that by creating a free online resource for freelance illustrators or it could be used for freelance artist in general to work through the process.
The break down the site into categories: Nailing the Brief, Championing Originality, Outwit Deadlines, Demystify Feedback, and About Tyrus. The site was named after Tyrus Wong, a former creative for Disney. He was the uncredited for creating the look and visual development for Bambi. If you don't know much about Tyrus watching the PBS special called Tyrus. Here is a link for the episode. I ended up buying it on DVD to show my animation students.
Back to the website Tyrus. I think its a great idea especially coming from a client that works heavily with illustration. It's a two way street of communication. I think this would be great for me to provide a client that might be new to working with freelance illustrators. Check it out!
Season 5 of My Creative Life Podcast Drops Today with Jamie Zollars Children's Book Illustrator and Author.
I can’t believe I am on Season 5 of My Creative Life. Podcast about creatives and their art journey. It’s been amazing to talk with the fantastic creatives. I just had an interview with Samantha Cotterill the other day and learned that even the most established award winning illustrators have to draw limits on what they can get done. Take measured steps towards success. There’s always time in the future to work on things. Here is the schedule for season 5 that starts Jan. 3, 2021. Their IG handles are at the end.
1. 1/3/21 Jamie Zollars, Children’s Book Writer and Illustrator, @jaimezollarsart
2. 1/10/21 Robin Martéa, Illustrator, @robinmartea
3. 1/17/21 Chinmayee Bagade, Illustrator, @chinmayee_bagade
4. 1/24/21 Maggie Roth, Artist, @maggieroth_
5. 1/31/21 Yiyi Chen, Illustrator, @yiyich_chen
6. 2/7/21 Yevhenia Haidamaka, Professor/Illustrator, @yevhaidamaka
7. 2/14/21 JaVon Townsend, Aspiring Children’s Book Writer/Illustrator, @javonmakesart
8. 2/28/21 Caroline Hanlon, Illustrator, @caroline.imagines
9. 3/7/21 Reema Zoumut, Animation Teacher, @bolsagrande_animation
10. 3/14/21 Heather Tietz and Myself, Applesauce Books, @applesaucebooks_
11. 3/20/21 Ryan Bird and Stephanie Bott, Toy Designer Bird Bott Toys, @birdbotttoys
12. 3/28/21 Nikita Prokohova, Professor/Graphic Designer, @typebynikita
13. 4/4/21 Samantha Cotterill, Children’s Book Author and Illustrator
14. 4/11/21 Adam Strickland, Animator
Thank you to everyone for their support in listening. It’s a hobby and something I enjoy doing and learning from.
Listen to past interviews at My Creative Life Podcast. I've included the Youtube video version of the interview. It only includes audio.
I always loved drawing and creating images with stories. This led to me studying Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). I’m an illustrator and art educator. I try to instill in my students that visual arts takes effort, and it’s a big part of our culture and communication process. One of the highlights of being an art teacher has been watching my students pursue their own art careers.
I’ve worked as a graphic designer and staff illustrator. I’ve been able to see my illustrations and designs in magazines, newspapers, package designs, and picture books. My illustrations have been included in group exhibits with the Society of Illustrators LA, and the Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators (Georgia). I reside in Savannah, Georgia with my husband, son, and four guinea pigs. Thank you for taking the time to visit my site.
If you want to read more about my career visit About Me on my website.
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