I'm at my desk trying to whip up little paintings again for the BIG Holiday Sale December 13th at the convention center in Providence (Please come out!).
Got back from my Thanksgiving vacation...at Disney World!!! So much fun. I even went on that Mission:Space ride that simulates a rocket launch. Ugh, let's just say my group was happy that it was a short ride- any longer and we would have been sick. Houston we have a problem!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I'm at my desk trying to whip up little paintings again for the BIG Holiday Sale December 13th at the convention center in Providence (Please come out!).
Monday, November 24, 2008
Above is a commission I did for the holidays! It's actually for the same couple who asked for the wedding gift portrait waaaaay back in Spring. I hope the clan enjoys the big surprise.
AAAAAAAAgh. This is just NOT my day. Know where I'm suppose to be??? On a plane. To Florida. Right now. I was so swamped this past month that I got confused and thought I was leaving tomorrow. Of course I have a $120 rebooking fee I have to suffer, and to add insult to injury I found out TODAY I could have booked a ticket for $188 last minute and have been fine. So much for that whole "early bird" philosophy. I just got a big soggy worm. At least the extra $$$ from said commission takes care of my expensive mistake.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Trying to do some quicker pieces that are more spontaneous and sketchy. Expect some new experiments soon (and no, I don't smoke).
My boyfriend is away, which of course means my sleep schedule will be off while he's gone. Time just blurs when you work from home.
I got to be a reviewer for RISD at Boston's National Portfolio Day! Lots of fun, even though I lost my voice.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
(I finally got Taurus Girl scanned. Behold!)
I find I've been restless this past week. Lately I've been researching companies, new clients, and galleries. I've sent out a few emails to places hoping for new shows and with some luck a couple will respond positively.
On anther note, I made a sandwich for my boyfriend earlier and now my fingers smell like onions. Hmph. Onion fingers.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Whew! So this has been a crazy week. Here is the final for Plan B Magazine (you can see the sketch below). All in all I'm pretty happy with the muted palette and use of the ink. Perhaps I will try more of this?
If you are in the Providence area please visit West Side Arts gallery this Saturday 7-10 for an opening that I'm in! It's been the first time in a long time I've been able to make an opening, so I'm psyched.
Working on a couple of commissions and eventually I'll start gearing up for the RISD Holiday Sale. Ana and I got AMAZING booth locations (and we're right next to each other again. Someone on the inside MUST know we're buds). I'll have the small paintings as usual, but there will be some bigger, fancier pieces this time such as "Narrative" and "The Right to Bear Arms" up for grabs.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
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Sunday, October 5, 2008
Yes, I'm a little early with the Halloween business, but everyone can enjoy my spunky witch until the 31st!
On another note, when did postage go up again? Not only do I have to get more postcard stamps because I didn't exactly REALIZE how many clients I have (I just sent out a stack that's seriously at least 5 inches thick. REALLY), but now I have to get those one cent stamps, too. Soon I will send out the second half- magazine clients have been mailed, now I'm working on publishers, licensing, ad firms, etc. My neck is killing me typing all those addresses into label sheets. Ugh!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
There's this site called Project:Rooftop that has artists and illustrators redesign superheroes' costumes... and I love it!! They actually have real judges (the artists, writers, or other people involved with the comic world) and they give their two cents, plus some people really do bring their A game art-wise. The latest challenge was to "revamp" scantly-clad Vampirella, who I remember from my Wizard-reading days. I missed the deadline but was still inspired to try my own version (obviously it's a far reach from the original with her being five and all). I was in a Halloweeny mood so it kinda came out all on its own.
Monday, September 29, 2008
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Enjoy "Beep Beep!", which once was a print on Etsy as well as the opening image for my website. Thank you for all your help, old friend.
Even though I have quite a few things happening in October, my mind is already thinking about the end of 2008. I am going to make a portfolio book (the nice printed ones like all my friends had for their grad thesis's. SO nice) and these will be sent out to choice clients. One will definitely be Dark Horse Comics. I saw them this past spring at the Surtex convention in NYC, and the rep there was favorable towards my stuff being used for their products such as stationary. I think my chopped up mermaid and smoking little girls can find a rather nice home and following there. I would be lying if I said I was all ready to go with that. Preferably, I'd like to do two more images for them if time allows- maybe another mermaid (pirate mermaid!) or a superhero-inspired character... obviously not a normal superhero... maybe one playing a guitar...
Sunday, September 21, 2008
You may be thinking "Hey! She already posted that. Is this a rerun??".
No, dear readers. It's only me showing you my entry for the SOI West 47 competition. This one is going into the "gallery" section because "unpublished" is going to be full of entries. This painting was for 1301 Gallery In Nebraska. I'm hoping that maybe...just maybe I might get accepted. In fact, it's the first year as a real illustrator that I've entered, because usually my money is used for groceries rather than entry fees. Also, for the first time I feel like I have a painting that is ME, and not just me trying to do another portfolio piece and such. Wish me luck- I don't find out until November. Oh, the suspense!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
It's Saturday, my last Saturday before I begin teaching on the weekend. Thank goodness it's not the morning session because I would be exhausted after teaching at Montserrat on Fridays. Today (drum roll please), I will send the mailers out to get printed! No excuses. There will be 3 different cards, some going to more teen/tween market clients and others to more general clients. In the end I'll have 500 of each! Now I just have to update the client list...
The above piece was inspired by a Coconut Records song, one line saying "I wish you could put yourself in my suitcase", and it put some fun imagery in my head. The actual painting is done on a cardboard backing from a used up wax paper palette. Since I was invited to a group show where the theme is "recycle and reuse", I thought I should just make the piece work for the theme.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Ladies and gentlemen, my website is updated! To celebrate, I'm blogging about a piece that is finally ON the website even though it was made more than a year ago. It didn't get uploaded because the original is 18"x24" and I just never got around to scanning the sucker. Behold it's online debut!
This is based off of an old assignment I had about the phrase "Say Something". To update the concept I simply changed the phrase a little bit to "Express Yourself" (although cue the Madonna song, right?). I really wanted to do the dragon, but for some reason I kept trying to convince myself that it "wasn't meant for my style". At that point I knew it was do or die time. Besides, if I started to doubt myself, I knew I wasn't going to take the necessary risks an artist/ illustrator has to.
Lauren 1, Dragon 0.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Well, I'm sad to say that I did not win anything in the Etsy Kid Contest. Thanks to all who supported me! As they say in the film industry, "it's an honor just to be nominated"...
I scanned some more work today and am hoping to have the ole website updated by this weekend. The MAILERS, which have been the bane of my existence lately, should be done by Saturday (or heads will roll). Then I will begin the process of updating contacts at the local Borders, with me on the ground hoping no one sees a woman in her mid 20's peeking inside Teen and Seventeen Magazine for art directors' names , let alone Cat Fancy (seriously, I want to have that magazine on my client list. I mean, Cat Fancy just sounds ridiculous. Ridiculously awesome).
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I have to start painting for the Fall RISD Art Sale! Above is one of many paintings I've done in preparation.
Unimportant things on my mind:
1) plane tickets are going to be EXPENSIVE this holiday season.
2) Is "Bones" on Monday night or Tuesday night this Fall? Wait...Wednesday? I think it's Wednesday.
3) I truly do paint too many characters with guitars.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I thought I'd honor my Editorial Class that I teach by blogging about some pros/cons about the market. This was stuff my students and I discussed in class, and for some of you it might be helpful, for others just interesting.
First of all, editorial illustration can be described as any artwork made to be printed in magazines and/or newspapers. It usually accompanies text with the goal of complimenting or enhancing the topic, whether it's a social commentary or a review of the current Harry Potter Movie.
YOU MAY LIKE EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATION IF....
*You are a fast worker.
Deadlines are quick, usually around 2 weeks.
* You like working on several small projects instead of one big project.
Some of us are the multi-tasking queens and kings. If you get bored easily, sometimes longer projects (like a children's book that takes a year) will loose your attention and patience. With editorial assignments you can work on several different pieces all at once.
* You want flexible work
I take the summer off from editorial work simply because I have a very big teaching schedule at that time. If you decided that you need a break or have other obligations coming up in your schedule, you can turn off the editorial faucet and turn it back on when you're ready. Likewise, if it's a slow month you can take on another job or two without making any serious commitment.
YOU MAY NOT LIKE EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATION IF....
*You don't play well with others
If you can't handle an Art Director giving you advice or requesting changes, than don't even try. Team players will do well, but artists that are protective of their work will make the process a living hell.
*You prefer one long project to work on.
Pretty much the opposite of what was stated above. You won't find 6 month long projects in this field of work, nor can you make a reasonable living just doing one at a time. Successful editorial illsutrators can handle 3 or 4 different projects at once.
* You don't want to actively promote yourself
Many artists and illustrators fall short of their potential because they simply do not advertise their services! Creating a website or making a portfolio on sites like Altpick.com is a good start, but if you sit back and expect people to just find you...well, don't hold your breath! Meetings, mailers, and other forms of advertisement are also needed and deserve your time and attention. Furthermore, once you get hired by an Art Director, don't expect them to hire you constantly. You have to remind them that you exist!
So that's it folks! Soon I'll be discussing basic skills on promotional mailers for all you artists and illsutrators out there. Same bat time, same bat channel.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
I've just returned from a wedding in Maine (which was very lovely) and some other exciting things happened this weekend!
* I've been invited to participate in a group show in downtown Providence during November.
* people still want to buy paintings from me, hooray...and...
*My show form Omaha is over and the 12 year old daughter of the owner loves my mermaid piece (you can see it below). The lass is a little shy about the exposed breast, however, so I've been asked to make a second version, boob-free of course! I am always very honored when it's the younger crowd that falls in love with my work. I think their appreciation of things is very pure and sincere.
Above is a fun little ink sketch that has a simple colored background. I'm experimenting with some pieces like this in my Etsy store and testing how popular they are.
Monday, September 1, 2008
It's pretty cool to see that one of my paintings was used for the Nahcotta Gallery promotional mailer for the upcoming Tiny Art Show. There are some very talented artists that will be displayed in the wonderful space that Nahcotta has in New Hampshire. It's a shame I can't be there for the opening!
Kudos to my college students on Friday. I am happy to say they are a good group and am excited to see what art they produce this semester.
I'm hoping this week to do my mailers (cue soprano-singing angels) as well as do a couple of paintings that are due. One is a commission while the other is just a personal piece that will be on Etsy later. Wish me luck!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
In 24 hours I can see myself: I'll be dropping off paperwork, making sure my laptop works with the digital projector in my classroom, trying to scrounge up some coffee, and making copies of assignments . Of course, this will all happen while being mistaken for a student in the office I'm sure.
"The coffee isn't for students, MISS".
"Oh, I'm a teacher. I'm new."
Meanwhile, what I thought was going to be a laid back day is starting out to be a bit of a whirlwind. I'm doing laundry, getting software up and running on my new laptop after the old one crashed, finishing assignment sheets and paperwork, AND trying to straighten up the apartment because I promised my boyfriend I'd get a head start on tidying up. The last one is a bit annoying because even though I work from home it's hard to explain to him THAT I AM WORKING. No, I'm not just relaxing watching TV, sweetie, and yes, I didn't have time to wash the dishes. I know my office is 20 feet away, but as I said before I am WORKING and I have to pay my half of the rent! Anyway...I'm hoping the rush I'm experiencing will mean I end up finishing early. Go go gadget hands!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I found out that I am a top 40 finalist in the Etsy Kid Contest Art category! Copy the link to vote! It's "The Tiny Artist".
As for the image above, It's yet another one for Nahcotta Gallery. I like this one so much I think it's bumped "My Music" for a spot on a mailer. That other one is below if anyone wants to compare the two, any thoughts? This one just seems to be a bit more funky and I think it might reflect my portfolio better.
And yes, it's called "The Right to Bear Arms". nyuk nyuk nyuk...
Friday, August 22, 2008
Whoo! I took a needed vacation for most of August- saw my family in Texas and recharged my batteries. In a week I start teaching Editorial Illustration at Montserrat and I'm trying to get all my paperwork in for this past pre-college session as well as RISD and Montserrat for the Fall semesters (why do W4 forms always trip me up no matter how many times I do them?).
About 3 weeks ago my poor laptop finally died due to a crashed hard drive, but luckily the most important stuff that I use for etsy and such was backed up on my boyfriend's computer. I still lost most of my music and some photos, however. Back up your files, people. RIGHT NOW.
I'm preparing for the September TINY ART SHOW at Nahcotta Gallery in NH. Above is another piece for it, and yesterday I painted a little diddy that might actually replace another painting for a mailer! Imagine that? Beginning of next month will be mailer month, along with painting for the RISD Alumni and Student Art Sale in October. There should be lots of new images on my blog during that time, so come and take a look!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I've been working on the paintings for the TINY ART SHOW in New Hampshire and have been enjoying making some images that could be more "spot" illustrations for my portfolio. I did this one Sunday night and really like her arms and colors (and the yellow skin! I need to not use "flesh" color for the skin all the time).
This past Monday my students had to do a Concert Poster for their final and it truly was the strongest week they've ever had! Needless to say I was very proud of them. I'm hoping Wednesday and Friday's group will knock my socks off as well.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
So this my entry for the Etsy Kid Contest. I've always liked this one for its angle and the colors. It was the image I used for my second promotional mailer, too (about a year ago).
Week 4 of teaching RISD pre-college and my troops are starting to show some stress. Every semester I usually try a new assignment, this year's being a T-shirt design. I figured it would be a fun, open assignment where they could go crazy and do anything they loved, but I was surprised how many lackluster projects I got. Is it because all those all-nighters are catching up? Was the project too open and therefore overwhelming? I am very optimistic that this coming week will be better, however. In the meantime, I have 6 paintings breathing down my neck and those mailers to finish (let's not forget I have to update my 100+ client list. UGH).
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
This will be one of three new promotional mailers in 2008! Other artistic events include getting information to a boutique in Vegas who is interested in selling my originals and having "Mi Amor" placed in the main room of Woods Gerry Gallery for the RISD faculty show (sweet!). I have gotten that room every time I've been in a show (both as a student and teacher), so I'm happy that my streak continues.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Hello everyone! The Pre-College Roller coaster is on its third week and I'm happy with where my students are. I am trying to balance long term with short term goals, plus all the little annoying things life throws at you (grocery shopping, laundry...). I have been taking a class that will allow me to update my website's appearance soon (hooray!), and before I know it I'll have 8 paintings that will be bugging me for a show in the Fall (not hooray). New promotional pieces are being executed, but they have to take a back seat at times.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Weeeee! This one just got mailed out today for the show in Nebraska and I was a little sad to see it go (I guess that means I assume it will sell...I do hope so). It is the first gouache painting I have done on cradled gesso board (tip: matte medium pencils line so you don't make your colors muddy). In the future I think I will be working like this again because not only did I like the finish product, but mailing them instead of framed paintings is much less risky.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Alright! So the 1st one was a commission for a wedding portrait I did based off of the original "Happy Couple" on my website (I like to say this one is the remix). The second one is for the a show I have 8/8/88. They were going with an eight ball theme, so all the pieces had to be on 8" circles. I've never used my acryla gouache on canvas before (especially so tiny! Oye!) but I'm pleased with the way it came out.
Monday I start teaching again for RISD Pre-college and am really excited about that. I also have 3 painting that I need to finish (oh wait, make that four) hopefully by next Friday. Yikes.
Oh yes, and my trip was good. I won a kazoo as an award for "Relative Who Traveled the Most Distance" and was able to see a lot of California that I haven't seen before. Sometimes I wish Rhode Island had such glorious beaches!
Monday, June 16, 2008
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Wednesday, June 4, 2008
So here it is, a detail of the new painting from earlier. My palette just DID NOT make sense and I decided to let the pink monster take over.
Friday, May 30, 2008
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Monday, May 26, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
However, “occasional” has seemed to turn into “all the time” which is kinda getting on my nerves. Perhaps everyone is restless now that the warm weather is taking customers away from their computers?? I’m not sure, but I do know that it’s getting really old fast. There seems to be a handful of people who like to come out of the woodwork just to be a know-it-all or shoot someone else’s opinion down, which seems silly and counter productive.
Also, in a recent thread artists were described as “doing what they want and saying what they want” plus having less-than-civil behavior. Since when did artists become pirates? I’m a little tired of the whole “I can’t be a functional member of society because I’m and artist, man!” routine. I guess I missed that class in school: Behaving Like a Disgruntled Preteen 101.
Friday, May 23, 2008
New online portfolio at altpick! altpick.com/laurenminco
I recently realized that my postcard plan has one minor glitch- I can't get into the computer lab until July, which means I can't scan/send the work for the mailers until then. No biggie, because I probably need June to paint anyway.
I hit 30 sales on Etsy! That means as a new seller I'm roughly doing 10 sales per month. Awesome.
More importantly, I've decided that I needed to get all those books that a young struggling artist like me should have. I ordered 4 books, the first one that arrived from Amazon was 2008 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market. I have to admit, I didn't know how helpful it would be since it has to do a lot more with being an author, but there are so many Young Adult Publishers and magazines that the section on clients was well worth the $21. I have over 200 new Art Directors to contact! Better get painting...
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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Friday, April 18, 2008
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Sunday, April 13, 2008
I have some new "gallery" originals up. These are pieces that I see as current artwork that would be in gallery rotation at the time. I have been hesitant because I know I would have to sell these at full price, but I figure on etsy you have all sorts of buyers with different missions (and different budgets for that matter). If anything, it couldn't hurt. There are also other originals- some over a year old that are up- and those I see as older pieces that risk not seeing the light of day through a gallery window anymore due to their age. I sell these for cheaper prices because I want to move them before I am flooded by art at my apartment!