*Palm to Face*

Hey folks! I pulled the ultimate *palm to face* moment and found out my email has not been working for about a month. I just figured it was a slow month, but in reality it wasn't properly operating. That being said, it's up and running now! Woot! Woot!

If you have recently emailed me and didn't get a reply or a "email is not set-up" response, shoot me another one and I will get back to you. In the meantime, here is a sketch to welcome in the first day of Fall!

#008 Weekly Illustration

Star Trek: Phaser Gun | Buy a print HERE

With Salt Lake Comic Con less then a month away, I have been cranking out new designs in this consistent style I'm trying out this year. I absolutely love being an artist at comic con and this year, I'm trying a whole new marketing aspect. 

I'll be candid, I'm usually lucky to break even at SLCC. Which has spurred me into researching and gauging my audience to see what I can do to make my art standout and be more appealing to a broader audience. This has been tough as art is so objective (particularly at comic con) and its a challenge to hit a large audience. However, I needed to figure something out or I may have to let the dream of showing at multiple cons each year go. Hence, the new consistent style. 

If you are interested in knowing about what my plans are and what I have learned, keep reading. If not, skip the text and check out the new designs! Trust me, I wont hold it against you.

Harry Potter: Slytherin House | Buy a Print HERE

Harry Potter: Gryffindor House | Buy a Print HERE

For the past 3 year I haven't had a plan. Well, let me rephrase, I didn't know what kind of goal I was aiming for. At first, showing at SLCC was just so fun I didn't worry about how much it was actually costing me each time. Particularly when they had two cons a year. 

In my head I was just happy to be there and getting to interact with fun people and spend three glorious days with friends. This is what drove me back each year. However, this year I sat down and thought about what my ideal job would be and then it became obvious. If I could find a way to become a full time illustrator I would be the happiest little nerd in town. 

Harry Potter: Ravenclaw | Buy a Print HERE

Harry Potter: Hufflepuff House | Buy a Print HERE

This meant research, testing and a consistent style. I tested a small group of Star War prints at the last con and I basically sold out on all of them and sold no originals designs. This gave me a solid direction to move towards, and that fan art is king. 

I also watched other artists. I took note of what people were saying and what they were selling the most of. This not only gave me an understanding of what people are looking for at cons, but every booth that was doing well had a very consistent and unique style. People knew that they liked the artistic style, which would then drive them in to see if their favorite fandom was portrayed in that particular style. Also, watching what people were carrying around gives you many clues as to what is popular. 

Ghostbusters: Print coming soon

I also listened to Will Terry (on his YouTube channel) and his experience at SLCC. He is a children's book illustrator and has a large following to begin with. However, hearing about his experience and the things he did and is doing to make himself more successful was very valuable. 

The last and most eye-opening thing was talking with other artist alley participates. They provided a larger understand of the market in Utah. Overall, most don't do as well as they do at other cons. This encourage me apply for other conventions as a possible artist.

Somehow I got accepted into SDCC last year, but due to the fact that SLCC was on the same weekend and that I had already paid to be at SLCC I missed that chance. That being said, I may get accepted next year. One can only hope. I'm currently waiting to hear from Emerald City Comic Con and I may check out some other ones around out here. Any suggestions?

Finally, I'm going to shamefully plug my booth at SLCC. I will be in Artist Alley, booth Purple 7 on September 1-3. If you are at the con come over and say hi! You don't need to buy anything to say hi. I will have these designs and more in 4X6 prints and older large 11X14 prints on sale. I hope to see you there and I hope if you have been considering joining the con madness that I have provided you with some direction to be successful. I'll report back after the con if my drastic move worked. 

Live Long and Prosper! Nerd out. 

#007 Weekly Illustration

I'm sure I'm not the only nerd here, so I bet I'm not the only one freaking out about the Star Trek: Beyond movie. I had some serious doubts when I saw the first teaser trailer, but then, I was completely knocked off my feet when they dropped the second one. Naturally that meant I needed to start designing the numerous Enterprise's for this years Salt Lake Comic Con. 

Also, you can bet your butt that I'm seeing Star Trek: Beyond tonight. SO PUMPED!

This particular schematic is NCC-1701 of Star Trek Next Generation. What other versions would you like to see? If I get no opinions I'll make the decision for you. Mahahaha! ;) 

I have a whole list of designs I'm aiming to get completed before Salt Lake Comic Con. I can't believe it's only 36 days away!!! I need to get some serious work done before then. I'll give you guys my current list of "need to do" designs: Pokemon, GoT, Tron, Ghostbusters, Harry Potter, Back to the Future and more. 

That is all for this weekly illustration. Well, not exactly weekly since I'm terrible and have too many things on my plate to really have something weekly... Nevertheless, Live Long and Prosper!

 

#006 Weekly Illustration

With all my good intentions of making an illustration a week, sometimes things slip through my fingers. However, after 2 fun filled days in Vegas I came back feeling exhausted, but full of creativity and drive. 

This little gal is based off of a little sketch I posted to Instagram early yesterday. I loved the sketch so much I felt the need to render this little babe out. It was completely designed in Illustrator, my favorite program, and posted to my social medias late last night. I purposely kept the design very geometric and simple in style as I want to try my hand at making this into a cut paper creation later this week.  

#005 Weekly Illustration

Exciting news! I got approved as an artist again for Salt Lake Comic Con! You'll be seeing more designs like this over the coming months. If you don't know, this is Dean and Sam's Impala from Supernatural. One of my favorite shows!

If you can't wait till Comic Con, this print is available in my Society6 shop.

It's one of THOSE weeks...

There are some days, or in my case week, that feels like everything is against you. It sucks, but it happens to all of us. With that said, how do we pick ourselves up and move on? Granted, I'm not talking about personal tragedies, like the lose of a love one or breakups, etc.; but rather when life and work seems to build a giant wall of yuck. 

The lame answer is...KEEP GOING. Disappointing advice, I know...

 

Life isn't perfect, but wouldn't it be great if it was? Here are a few things I've found this week, and hopefully they will help you make it to Friday. Granted, if you have the courage, quit that terrible job, sale all your possessions and go travel the world! This is a major dream of mine, but I haven't gotten the courage to do it yet...Anyone want to go?

  • For all you font obsessed out there, this font pack is pretty sweet and VERY affordable! 
  • Can we talk about these How to Be a Boss quotes? I love me some real life knowledge. Not that Pinterest feel good stuff. Yes, I have a whole board of them... Plus Liz Lemon!
  • Cut paper is my new favorite thing! Check out these amazing designs on Colossal. #artgoals
  • The mantis (5:38) is my favorite! I love watching videos like this when I've had a rough day. Animals are just too funny and too cute. 
  • Does anyone subscribe to Sketch Box? I've been thinking about subscribing to something like this, but I'm not super convinced on any one of them. 
  • I'm a HUGE fan of National Geographic and I love my monthly subscription. Plus it's only $12 people! It's so affordable!
  • I am loving "Change Your Mind: 57 ways to unlock your creative self"
  • If you didn't know, I'm on YouTube. I do art and makeup there. If you are interested, check it out. 

#004 Weekly Illustration

Not exactly an illustration, but a cut-paper creation inspired from week #002. It was WAY too cute not to share. This little dude will be up in the shop within the next few days. 

Exploring art through cut-paper is a real treat. Not only is it a challenge, but the end result can either be awesome, or just terrible. Like most art! I think I will continue to work in this medium off and on. What would you like to see made into paper art?

#002 Weekly Illustration

Believe in a little bit of magic! I believe I will find you Nessie; and we will be best friends, and we will have epic pool parties, and I will make you a saddle that you will destroy since you cannot be bound!

WHAT I'VE LEARNED ABOUT WATERCOLOR

1. They handle completely different from any other paint medium. Surprise, surprise, I know. However, due to the nature of the product it completely changes how you handle it. Coming from a background of oil and acrylic paint, it was a bit of a learning curve. As I am not use to woking with something so translucent, it's a real mind bender in the beginning. I personally like having some control over my paint, but watercolor is at it's best when you let it do it's own thing. It was hard to give up that control initially, but now it's the most enjoyable part of watercoloring. It's freeing to let the paint go where it wants and to bleed in unique ways. 

2. Always start light. Watercolor can be very flexible, but it's best to start with a light hand and a little amount of paint and build up vs throwing large amounts of color down. If you are confident in your ability to work with deep color and brush/water technique, go crazy. I on the other hand, will continue to use the build up method until I feel more comfortable. 

3. Know your highlights first. This can be tricky as it is the reverse of what you learn when using oil or acrylic. Highlights generally come last, but in watercolor it's the first thing you think about as you want the white of the paper to show through. The best method of doing this is to plan out in your sketch which areas to avoid. You can lay down a masking product to protect these areas as you paint, or follow with a gouache. Be warned, gouache can easily become muddy, I would suggest planning ahead to avoid issues later.

4. Paper is vital. I have been using a lower grade paper from my local craft store and it shows. The paper buckles when water is applied and this can hinder your painting a great deal. Not only will you have dreaded wrinkles, but it will cause pooling which can be very troublesome while painting. I recently purchased some 300lb weight paper from an art supply store and it's night and day. The paper can take a great deal of water and it allows the paint to absorb nicely. I would suggest using 300lb or higher to reduce, if not eliminate buckling. 

5. Get a palette and watercolor tubes. You can buy watercolor in a few ways. One being the dried chunks and the other being in tubes. You don't need the top of the line liquid watercolors, but I would recommend skipping the dried stuff for the tubes. The color is more vibrant and easier to work with. This is where having a palette comes into play. You can place you colors in the palette for future use, plus it gives you a place to mix colors, which in turn, keeps your colors from getting muddy. If you are on a strict budget (like most of us) you can buy a cheaper set of tube paints which have a small build-in palette. I got mine for $10. You can also purchase palettes from $10-$50, depending on your preference and how large or small you want it. 

6. Keep your water clean. I'm guilt of not following this rule and it has come back to bite me in the butt a few times. Whatever you rinse your brush with is going to be the color it picks up. Hence keeping your water clean...or be prepared for a potential mess. 

7. It's not oil, it's watercolor. In the beginning you might want to treat it like oil or acrylic paint. I'm here to tell you it's not going to respond like either of those. Watercolor is all about not over working the paint. It's translucent and organic, so you can't get flat color, so don't force it. You'll only over saturate the paper and muddy all your colors up. 

8. Don't freak out! You can fix it. Many people think you can't fix an accident in watercolor. That's not really true. It's pretty forgiving since you can blot color off with paper towels or by adding clean water from a brush to pull up most of the color. This is why I suggest a light hand when watercoloring since you can fix this issues very easily when you start light. If it's a dark color, you can't really pull it all up, but you can dilute it. 

These are a few things I have learned about watercolor. I'm still learning and these things may not make sense or work for you. Everyone does things different, however, I wanted to share my knowledge in hopes it may help you get into watercolor. It is also my hope that you share you knowledge with me. All the best!


STAR WARS POSTER SERIES

Can you believe it! We are going to have a new Star Wars movie! May all the nerds (myself included) rejoice! In anticipation, I have been slowing putting together fun posters of some of my favorite Star Wars things. I hope you enjoy, and if you are interested in getting prints of said posters, visit my Society6 page: https://society6.com/lindseycowley

I'll be making a few more over the next few weeks. If you like the series, keep checking back for more designs. You can also find them on my social media accounts!

SAVE ME FROM MYSELF BY VOTING!

Help me rock September's Comic Con with your art print desires and dreams! Take a look at the image of the prints in question and vote for the ones you are most interested in. This will help me provide you with the prints you want and eliminate ones you don't care for. You don't have to be attending Salt Lake Comic Con to vote. I'm strictly look for feedback on what is popular so I can better understand you! Thanks!


Lady Hades

I am completely fascinated with Greek mythology. There are so many interesting myths and characters and all the stories are so strange. Artists have been reinventing these gods and goddess since their conception, so naturally, I wanted to join in. I present my Lady Hades! She is the ruler of the Underworld and is not only powerful, but beautiful and spooky. I hope you enjoy!

Questions + Answers

Fun Fact: I am the worst blogger ever. I honestly can never think of something to write about. I figured instead of me blathering on about nothing, that I would answer any questions you have.

Do I paint for a living? What is the best sketchbook to buy? Do I have 9 toes instead of 10? Ask away! I will answer any questions that are friendly and appropriate. As always, treat each other, and myself, with kindness and respect.

Post your questions in the comment below. You can always post to my other social media accounts as well. Let the games begin!

BUILDING BEAUTIES - ARIEL

I thought it would be fun to put together a time laps video on how I'm building the Disney Princess Series illustrations. You get to see my process, my mistakes and the final result. I hope you enjoy and subscribe to my YouTube channel for further videos! Thank you!