Also new colors for Charlie.
Woah, what the heck is up with all the obnoxious curly lettering and frilly details cramping up the Goodmutt Blog style?? Well, I'll tell you. I'm in the process of remodeling the site to serve as more as a studio home page than just a blog page. It's gonna be really cool when it's done, but for now the site is probably gonna be changing every other day as I try new themes and modify them. For now you're stuck with frilly curls.
Also new colors for Charlie.
I think that's what they might start calling me here. My "office" space is set up neatly between the pinball table and radiator in the attic at my Aunt's house, and it's starting to feel like I'm melting into the seams of my swivel chair because I'm up here so often. But spending this much time in front of the computer means I've got some new updates for you!
I guess most of what I've been doing isn't very visually FUN, but it's working towards that! I've been getting the groundwork laid out for the Wandering Tales Kickstarter. Scraping together a budget, brainstorming rewards, and getting ready to start trying to make people exited for the project. It's hard. Today I think I've finally got a decent budget outline that I still need my money-conscious cousins to look over/tear apart/rework, but I'm looking to get this stuff nailed down by late September. That's when I'm going to start looking at how to infiltrate the inner workings of the Wandering Tales demographic and convince people this is truly a project worth backing. It's slow moving, but when things start to pick up, you'll know it.
I moved to Boston two days ago. So that means yesterday I would have said "I moved to Boston yesterday", and the day before that I was driving to Boston. I have my computer set up and I have a bed between the crawl space labyrinth of storage boxes in the "Stuff" closet, so I think that means it's time to start calling Boston home.
While I'm waiting for the dust to settle (or at least adjust to it) I've been thinking a lot about Wandering Tales and how/when I can really start pitching the project as a Kickstarter. The funding portion of the campaign can only last a month-ish so I need to make it count. I feel really comfortable with Scudd and Charlie's designs and now I'm looking at storyboarding and making that Kickstarter pitch video.
Details to come.
Here's a quick work-in-progress shot of a very swoggy bomp I decided to doodle. I'm going to be stuck in State College all by my lonesome for about a week because Lor got a real-person job and moved up to Boston early. So that either means I'm going to be doing a lot of doodles and **hopefully** some freelance work, OR I will be traveling aimlessly between here and Pittsburgh while I wait to move up to Boston myself. So in other words, maybe check in this week and maybe I'll make some exciting new posts! Maybe! Hopefully I'll at least finish Swoggy Bomp here. We'll see!
I've been working on my oDesk profile to try to make myself look like an extremely employable and efficient and professional and flawless and beautiful artist. I've been applying to a lot of children's book illustration jobs and things of that nature, and what I've realized is I don't have a tone of actual children's book experience. Sure arranging and conceptualizing characters and events within a children book setting is one of my favorite things to do, but when it comes down to it I don't have a ton of portfolio-worthy work to prove it. So I drew up this dummy spread of Dragen and the Rat (the story I wrote for English class two years ago). It's just a mock-up page of what a children's book spread would look like if I ever did one for a client.