This entry is a sequel to a previous entry I had written – What to paint?
I enjoy painting very much but sometimes its hard to know what to paint or where to start. Some questions you might want to ask yourself, and you may find yourself coming to a conclusion of what you want to paint.
Do you have a style? Realistic or abstract?
Do you like bright colors or dark colors?
High contrast or faded?
Do you have a palette of colors you’d like to use?
How big do you think you want the painting to be?
Do you have things that you enjoy seeing visually? Write them down.
For example, I love trees, stars, circles, letters, ampersands and mermaids
If I wanted to I could google any of those things and possibly come across something that inspires me. If you’re photoshop savvy you could manipulate an image and then paint it.
However, some might like to work from memory, and not have something to look at while painting. You could visit sites like tumblr and search keywords such as “art” “painting” or “creative” and let it inspire you. This is a great exercise just to get the creative juices flowing… especially if you do not have anything particular in mind.
I had done a painting of a bare tree recently, I think trees without leaves are beautiful! But I feel as though bare trees are always seen in the dim winter, with snow on the ground and cloudy skies. I do not feel that many can see this beauty, so I made my painting with lots of a color and a silhouette of a bare tree. My style is not realistic… it never has been. I lean toward the abstract/cartoonish style. It’s just me… and I’ve even been told I am a better abstract artist that anything else.
Letters and Lyrics No. 001 by Christie
I am sure I was not the only one inspired by Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” but I decided to make it the first of my letters and lyrics project.
This piece was made possible with use of the following typefaces:
- Jellyka CuttyCupcakes
- Insaniburger with Cheese
- Orator Std
- Rosewood Std
- Handwriting – Dakota
- Century Schoolbook
- Budapest Market HD
Feel free to use as you wish but a link back is required. All work is © Christie Schneider http://www.girloncanvas.com
I think I had an obsession with letters since a young age. It all started with handwriting — I had a select few people that I knew whose handwriting I loved. I would have different people write different things for me – just so I could study their writing. I guess this kind of shows the natural graphic designer in me? I remember being in 2nd grade and staring at other student’s paper just to watch them write. When I finally got a computer I began to obsess over different typefaces. To this day anything with letters I find it inspiring
Back in 2007 I fell in love with this poster of letter photographs by Abba Richman. I had it up in my college dorm and it still hangs in my room at my mom’s house.
That is why I have decided to start a project of my own – “Letters & Lyrics”. I think it will be fun to integrate lyrics into it as well since I spend most of the work day listening to Pandora or my ipod! My goal is to post something at least once a week. I think for this project I will use mostly illustrator but I may draw some by hand as well. Who knows where this will go? This is my personal project and the only rule is that there are no rules! =]
Today I took some time to edit my portfolio section and organize it. I added a lot of my past work including not just design and digital art but painting, drawing and photography. Now when you click on “portfolio” it has a menu of categories. I feel so much better now, I had been wanting to do that for a while.
A week or so ago I was looking through my BFA folder from college. Of course I’ve discussed them many times in the past – my horror movie posters. This time when I looked at my Psycho poster I realized I saved it each time I made drastic changes. So I wanted to share the “Evolution of my Psycho Poster”. I had started it in Photoshop and then brought it into illustrator to add text and grunge effects. I had drawn the eye in photoshop using my wacom tablet. It took me quite a long time to get to the final one. Hours and hours of work, only because at the time I was not set on a “style”. While making this specific poster it hit me to do them all in a grunge/stressed style. I wanted to do them all a similar way I just could not find how to make them look like a series. Took me 2-3 months to figured it out. It was a really stressful experience but once I figured out my style, every poster I designed after that it wasn’t as hard or time consuming. I was able to focus more on actually creating than wondering what style it would be. It ended up working out really well, because all my professors were very pleased. Especially since I had thought of this thesis so last minute. All my posters were 27 x 39inches, thankfully I have a MBP so it only took a minute or two to save these big files! I don’t think windows+photoshop could handle it ;]. Here is the progress of my poster – originally created last February 2010.
For my birthday as a gift I received a new telephoto zoom lens for my Canon SLR. Around mid-December I took a trip to the Florida keys and got to take some really amazing photos using my new lens. Here are some of the recent additions I made to my flickr. Many have birds because I went to visit a bird rescue site in Key Largo. (I’m a bird lover)
Speaking of OnePageLove.com in my last entry, turns out my portfolio is in today’s entry on their site! I got their email when I woke up this morning, they let me know they added my page. What a great way to wake up on a Monday! I know I’ve been really really really slow with entries lately, but I’ve been busy with projects! And those projects pay me so they get a little bit more attention
About a month ago I made my own postcard to pimp out this blog (just my cool way of saying advertise). They came out pretty nice, I had them printed at Overnightprints.com. They do print nice postcards with pretty UV coating and all BUT let me tell you, if you make a mistake and don’t align it right, they WON’T care, so make sure your preview of your project looks EXACTLY how you want it to! I’m going to give some of these away to whoever wants one I also had magnets made too. The magnet looks like the black side of the postcard with the words. I’m only going to give away 3 of the magnets, so if you want it email me fast! Send me your name/address and let me know if you want a postcard or both. [email protected].
Recently I designed a postcard for a lawyer in NYC. He basically gave me text and left how it looked up to me. I was happy he let me have some creative freedom, some people tell you exactly what to put and I’m thinking “Well who is the artist here??”. I had a lot of fun working with him and even later meeting him. He wanted 4,000 of these made, and I order the prints too! Oh yes and I got to design them pins, which I had not done before. It was overall a great experience and here I share the digital and final product.
This September I attended my friends’ wedding. Sad they are leaving to move to Boston, I decide to make a collage for them of photos I took at their wedding. It was a beautiful September day and I took well over 100 photos. The last photo is a part of their table where they sat during the reception. Was set up with all the bridesmaids’ flower bouquets and some candles.
From my collection of old Horror Movie Posters I re-created, I made some wallpapers to share in celebration of Halloween. Both have a grungey worn style, which was consistent with all the posters I did. I truly enjoyed that project, and rather than just have it sit in a file folder on my mac, I figured I’d share! A Frankenstein wallpaper and The Mystery of the Wax Museum wallpaper. Feel free to download and use as you like, but please give credit. Although I still don’t know what I’m going to be for Halloween, hopefully these can inspire you in some way. Please let me know your thoughts on these Still have many more horror posts to come…
Photography rocks. Where would we all be without it? I know I’ve loved it long before myspace, long before the endless digital pictures, and long before it was an obsession by the internet world. I’ve always loved to take pictures… for memories… I used to carry a camera around everywhere, even before I had a digital one. I had a few small film cameras, but when those weren’t handy I always carried around a disposable one. Finally in 2004 I bought my own digital camera. Now I currently own a Canon Digital Rebel and a Powershot SD600. They are both great digital cameras if you are ever looking into getting one.
And really I’d rather be behind the camera, than in front of it. I like being the one in control. I have a flickr account for some of my digital photography. These are some photos I took this summer: