Wednesday, March 27, 2013

In It to Win It

Welp, didn't win either Dragon challenge from Dragopedia or Art Order. Honestly, I didn't expect to. I was using it more as an opportunity to drill my name into other art director and illustrator heads. As one of my fave illustrators Greg Manchess has written more in depth, ya gotta be in it to win it. There are so many factors when it comes to these competitions, and you can't always predict the outcome - be it win or "lose". But like I said, it's not a loss to me if somebody down the line says, "Yeah, Emily Crowley... I know that name from somewhere...". The winners were certainly deserving! Check out Dragopedia winners and submissions here and Art Order's here.

In other news, I'm playing around with another illustration idea. It's still gestating, and I just got an idea today that may change up the whole game. Mountain nymphs, getting ready for spring. But here's my mind thinking about it in Photoshop!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Spectrum Judging part 2

That's it! All 6,000 submitted pieces including my Lancelot and Guinevere (hopefully. I mean, for all I know it got lost in the mail. I guess I can't think like that!) have been reviewed and selected for Spectrum 20. The winners of each category will be announced later today on Muddy Colors, but here's a look at what the judges went through over the weekend over on Spectrum's website. You know I scanned every one of those pictures to see if I could spot ol' Lance and Guin. I won't know till later if I made it in, but my fingers are crossed!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Website Revamp!

Finally. Finally I like my website. Check out this bad boy. 
Or, check out the real thing!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Spectrum Judging part 1

February is almost to a close and the judging for the 20th annual edition of Spectrum is almost here! Lancelot and Guinevere should have made the trip successfully, and now they are these bins awaiting their verdict by an excellent panel of judges.Check out Arnie Fenner's blog post on Muddy Colors.

Spectrum is the quintessential go-to source for all things fantasy and sci fi. And when I say all things I mean it! There's traditional and digital illustration, mixed photography media, sculpture... and they all serve a different purpose: editorial, game design, non published works, the list goes on and on. And as the blog mentions, all work is seen by the judges. That means no pre-screening; everyone gets their chance in front of the judges. I am excited that once again Irene Gallo, the art director for Tor, is on the judging panel. I've met her a couple of times, and it would be an absolute dream to work with her (c'mon Irene, you know you want to, too.). Also on the panel is illustrator Michael Whelan, who did this version of The Princess of Mars. I know for many illustrators, Frank Frazetta's Princess of Mars is the true one-and-only, but this happens to be the particular version my dad owned, which he kept with his other sci-fi and fantasy books in a blue bookcase. As a kid, I would look through those cover illustrations and make up stories about them in my head, and Princess of Mars was a favorite. Should a five year old look at books with near naked women on the cover? Well, I suppose it made more of an impact that we could have guessed because now I'm an aspiring cover artist myself.

Anyway, I digress. The competition and the annual is very important to me. I feel that although my work could have competed well last year, the reproductions alone were not up to snuff. But as they say, you gotta be in it to win it. This year, Lancelot and Guinevere got a lot more attention in the reproduction department, so let's hope they really did survive to make it into one of those grey bins. Go team!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Winter Dragon

Good ol' dragons. They are just so much fun to draw. Here's my most recent painting I did in time for Dracopedia's Winter Dragon Challenge and ArtOrder's Dragon Challenge.

I mean, he's pretty sweet right? And check it out, there are two men hiding out in a cave in the mountain. I think they're hunting for the super fine fiber the dragon sports to keep him a little warmer in his wintery climate. I wanted him to still seem carnivorous, but I also wanted him to feel like he belonged in a wintery climate, so I looked at big horn sheep when deciding his coloring. I think his design came out successfully! Process shots are below:

And here's my palette and studio area. Why on God's green Earth would someone work like this? With a palette that's itty bitty, and jars between me and my computer where my reference lives? I don't know. I really have to do something about that, haha! Wish me luck on the challenges. Hope you like this.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Revamped and Reloaded

In an effort to better define what clients can expect of me as an illustrator, I've redone Lancelot and Guinevere in oil. And it's better for it! Here's the two side by side. And now this painting is sitting in a corner with it's back to me. It happened. Moving on!

Before, Photoshop

After, oil on panel

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Postcards Are In!

I got the postcards in the mail today! They are true to color, and they look and feel fantastic. I can't wait to find 250 people to give them to! ( I may have ordered a few more than I needed to. Better to have too many available than to run out, right?) (P.S. See my awesome white couch in these photos? Believe you me, paint nor curry comes within miles of that thing!)

As far as the portfolios go....

Blurb's smallest page limit is 20, and I simply do not have enough pages. Game over. Do not pass go. K.O. So from there, I looked at some local printers.

I found a printer that was willing to print and bind my small order. Unfortunately, even with so few pages and such a small order, it still requires work to set everything up etc, so the price I was looking at was near $200 for a 8x10" portfolio, and 4 5x7" leave behinds. Then I asked for the price of just the 8x10", but it was still going to be almost $90. While that might be fine and good in another situation, I had already dished out almost $90 on nice postcards, so another $90 simply was not in my allotted budget for promotional materials.

 Now I'm on to doing this thing myself (as far as binding goes). Printing wise, I've seen Meijer do some good work (believe it or not!), and I'm told Staples prints and binds, so these are things I will need to look into- literally tomorrow because I am quickly running out of time! This is difficult however, as I don't often get out of work on time for these things. Yipes. And we'll see about their prices. Who knows? Maybe I would have saved money with Meijer or Staples, but lost out on the hassle of putting this thing together! I'll be sure to let you all know what I discover!