Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ginger Nielson ~ Thanksgiving Surprise

©Ginger Nielson
Happy Thanksgiving to all... even Mr. Turkey gets to enjoy the day.

Thanksgiving: Diana Ting Delosh

Messy Animals, Frame for Pg 9,
© 2008 Diana Ting Delosh, Ink & Water color art for The Woo Agency
- Flash animation project. 

Please click HERE to view project. 
This is an older piece but I think it works quite well for this food-centric holiday.

Animals in the throes of a Thanksgiving Feeding Frenzy!
Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble! Gobble! 

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Stephanie Ruble's Tip - Revision: Breathing New Life Into Old Art

I love creating new art, but once in a while I like to take an old piece and breathe new life into it.

When people think of revision, they usually think of text, but pictures can be revised as well. Many times the image gets revised as it goes from sketch to final, but sometimes you have a piece that just doesn’t work out, or a piece you always loved that doesn’t fit your current style. Those are prime candidates for revision.

Things to consider when revising: composition, emotion, color, character, and what the illustration is for (fun, portfolio, job, etc.).

Here's a piece I revised recently:

First Snow of the Season

First Snow of the Season

What’s new: snow (instead of rain), the cat (instead of a stuffed toy moose and stuffed toy bunny), and multiple changes to the girl on the right. It’s a lot better than it was before, but not perfect. Maybe some day I’ll revise it again!

If you are interested in more recent image revisions (including the paisley whale), I showed them here. Please visit to learn more about my art and projects, or my blog to see more recent art.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ginger Nielson's ~ Tip for Creating a Digital File Cabinet

I used to have numerous sketchbooks, loose sketches and paintings hanging around in various places in my studio. Finding exactly that perfect sketch I may have done a year ago was...  let's just say ... nearly impossible.

My solution for all those many graphics, illustrations, sketches and reference photos used to be to put them all in a steel file cabinet, or have my sketch books scattered in various places in my studio. It began to be impossible to find an exact sketch I knew I had "somewhere"  so I created a digital file cabinet in my computer.   Every file now has a place.  I collected my scans, paintings, photos and transferred the into appropriately named folders and sub folders and put the whole batch on an external computer drive.  This way I have a portable file of all my work that does not clutter up the valuable space on my computer and is safe from any unforseen crashes.   A complete article explaining the how and the why is on my website if you should want to see the whole process. Creating a Digital File Cabinet

This has made my work so much easier and I know I always have a back up in addition to being able to find what I am looking for.

©Ginger Nielson and 4RV Publishing LLC

From the book,  Little Charley Thornpaws by Caelaach Mc Kinna
illustrated by Ginger Nielson

Monday, November 8, 2010

Diana Ting Delosh's Art Tip for Breaking out of Creative Rut

I find doodling things that you're not known or typecast for  a good way to break out of a creative rut. So when I'm getting that stuck in a rut feeling I'll doodle around with my trusty ball point pen  - not so cute creatures -like below. 

Gryphon & Dragon, black pen sketches, © Diana Ting Delosh

It's like going on vacation from your style. Which may lead to a break through in your art.
Bear & Bunny, Ink & Watercolor, © Diana Ting Delosh

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