Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Old & The New & What I've Been Up To

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've just had so much going on lately, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, I suspect the opposite will happen shortly, as I have a few upcoming things on my plate. In the meantime, I wanted to post a few of the things I've been working on that I actually can show. New images and patterns for licensing:

The bears below are actually a derivative of an image I did my first year or so in business. I love recreating images and I recommend that others do it, too, if only on occasion. Why? You can clearly see how much your style has improved in a relatively short period of time. I actually dislike the old one so much now that I wondered if it's even worth posting, but I decided to. My daughter sometimes complains about how she's "not good at drawing" this and that, and I always tell her that in art - like so many other things - practice makes perfect. And it's true. The longer you do something, the better at it you become!

Here's the older, far less attractive version:
You can clearly see a difference, and I'm thrilled that I've made so much progress in just two years' time. And it taught my daughter a lesson, too; she loves the cleaner, more colorful new bears. =)

In other news, I've been putting together new websites for my studio (sorry, not up yet) and I also recently updated my Cold Snap Studio website with new work and news. Although it's not quite spring yet in Alaska (-6F currently), we do have considerably more sunlight now, which puts me in a more energetic and much more creative mood. So I'm on a roll creating new things. Best part is, it's great for business. 

As always, thanks for dropping by. Have a great, creative week!


Nikki said...

I really like the background on the top piece. It seems like I know quite a few illustrators going into the licensing side... I on the other hand am bad at patterns...

And the bottom two pieces, WOW!!!! You should be really pumped about seeing the difference... I have been wanting to redo an old project, but just haven't had time!!!

Keep up the awesome work!

Chrissy Fanslau said...

Thanks, Nikki. You should definitely redo and show your project sometime, it'd be fun. It WAS time consuming - the new piece took about 10 hours to do.