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"Projects" or "Hey...where I bean mon?"

I have been exceedingly productive the last few weeks.

I completed 4 commercials for a "Get Out the Vote" sort of thing...this was more in terms of voter instructions...make sure you sign your name...if you make a mistake, you can get up to 3 ballots etc.

It was an interesting project...the characters were designed by someone else but I still had to go through and vectorize them and turn them into animatable puppets. I put it all together in After Effects and got them all done...or so I thought. I got a call a few days later from my client telling me that her bosses didn't like the audio...that things weren't clear and my jaw dropped. Your *soundtrack* wasn't locked?
The long and short of it is that the project was a pain in the neck...the check will be nice and as I joked with my client, (this was my second project for her) by our 5th or 6th time we'll have the process down pat.
She didn't know much (anything) about animation but fortunately she is willing to learn.

I also had to redo some stuff on the Cinderella posters which was exhausting. NO MORE REVISIONS.

I finished a slew of illustrations and cartoons for the next issue of Sunstone.

I've been working on some other illustrations for another client which I hoped to wrap up soon...except he just went off to Europe until the end of October.

TODAY I finished a 5 point turnaround for a client in LA. These take a while...not just to do a nice tight line character rotation but it takes TIME to learn the character well enough you feel confident in doing a turnaround. Still waiting on hearing back from him but I think it looks pretty darn good.

In terms of personal projects I've made a ghetto book...and boy it's ghetto!

The cover is chipboard, the thread is hemp twine and the pages themselves are pink drop cloth paper from a roll I picked up a few years ago at Home Depot. I've used the paper before for some inked gestures and though a book of it would be nice.

You draw in public with that thing?!!
I covered the outside of the chipboard with a fine sandpaper...mostly because it was there and I wondered how well it would work. The entire thing is uuuuugly but I can't wait to draw in it!

Dang I'm hideous!

To make up for its hideousness I decided to try a new tutorial I saw online and make a bonafide book...with a spine and everything! It's a little rocky since it's my first one but it looks like a book! I'm going to be mailing it to my nephew for his birthday. I think he will be delighted.


I can't wait to try my second one!




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Oct. 9th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
One of my favorite sections in a bookstore is the blank books. They always seem to have so much more promise than the ones full of text.

The reason I don't buy more of them, is I already have too many on my shelves at home, and for the more fabu ones, I feel like I don't have an interesting enough life to write it into them.
Oct. 9th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
Did I read that right? Sandpaper cover? The last picture makes it look like an antique lost in an old store somewhere and waiting to be opened to share its contents. But it's empty so it can be full of whatever you want it to be.

I like. :D
Oct. 9th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
AOOOO, you even wove headbands! Colour me IMPRESSED!!!!
Oct. 9th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
well...SORT of. I took some fabric, cut it to size, folded down the top and whip stitched some colored thread to hold it.

I saw on Amazon a book about making your own headbands but one thing at a time!
Oct. 9th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
I'm still impressed!

Hey, would you have any use for assorted papers and cardstocks and remnants of canvas and vinyl fabrics? I'm about to embark on a major Stuff Purge, and I suspect the art/bookbinding stash is gonna take a huge hit.
Oct. 9th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
But of course!
Oct. 9th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
I'll drop ya a line when I go through the lot of it and send you an inventory/pics of what's gotta go. I'd be DELIGHTED for it to go to a fellow bookbinder. :-D
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