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Illustration commission for wedding gift

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I was asked to do a commission of a couple for someone to give to them as a wedding gift. After seeing a few photos of the couple together, I did some roughs. Below is the rough that worked best, and the final colour is at the bottom. Rough is in Colerase blue pencil; colour is digital [Photoshop].

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“Orange is the New Black” T-Shirt Designs for Sale on TeePublic!

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I have managed to put a few of my character designs into t-shirt designs, yay! I am slowly converting some of them over, but lately I have managed to get up a few for “Orange is the New Black.”

Thanks for inviting me, Teepublic!

My Teepublic storefront is here:Β https://www.teepublic.com/user/schomiak

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Willow Tree Wedding Illustration

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A few months ago, a friend from the studio asked if I would do a custom illustration for her wedding invitations. They were getting married by a willow tree, so she wanted that incorporated πŸ™‚ It was definitely fun to do, I sort of wanted a Golden Book feeling… and of course it was so great that she was so happy with it. πŸ™‚

Here is the finished illustration:

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Here is what I did for the actual front of the invite:

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Downton Abbey’s Elizabeth McGovern is holding my sketch!

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A few months back, I decided to do a sketch series based on the much-loved characters from BBC’s “Downton Abbey”. Here is a sampling of a few of them:

imageSoon after I posted the sketch of Robert & Cora Crawley (actors Hugh Bonneville & Elizabeth McGovern – see above in top right), I had someone contact me on Twitter. She said she was family friends with Elizabeth McGovern, who apparently also plays in a band called “Sadie & the Hotheads”. She wanted to know if I would do another sketch of her in the same style – but this time also as her playing in her band. She wanted to give it to her as a birthday gift.

Of course, I did have my doubts that she actually “knew” her – who wouldn’t in this age of social media?? But I did the drawing anyway; it sounded like a fun idea. See below what resulted.

Here is the sketch; I did the roughs in pencil, but cleaned it up digitally so I could email it to her in England to print out and frame.

cora_kirsty_signatureAnd here is a pic from Twitter that shows Elizabeth McGovern up close and personal – happily clutching my sketch! WHAAAAA—-!!

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A cool moment, indeed πŸ™‚ High five, Twitter!

A commission: Steve & Carolyn

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One of my favourites things to do is to do sketches or illustrations for people for special occasions. It is always surprising when people contact me, and what they want drawn – it’s never a dull moment!

This one was fun – a childhood friend contacted me and said that a good friend of her was getting married, and they wanted to give her and her fiance a special gift at the wedding shower. But they also wanted a version of the drawing done like a colouring book, so the kids could colour it! That was a fantastic idea, I thought!

Here is the rough sketch I did of them – colerase blue pencil on animation paper. [I did a bunch of sketches from the pics my friend sent me, but this was the sketch I liked the most.]

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Here is the “colouring book” version of the drawing. I cleaned it up digitally instead of inking it by hand because then it takes a while to get rid of the blue pencil.

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Congrats Steve & Carolyn! Hope you liked the illustration πŸ™‚

A Kids Book – Work in Progress

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For quite a while now I have been working on illustrating a kids book with a friend of mine who has written one, and figured out all the publishing details. My life and work at the studio has kept me very busy and has made this project go very slowly…. but it is getting there one page at a time!

I have done roughs, a rough colour script, and so far two of the spreads. Here is a cropped sneak peek of two of the spreads.

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Stay tuned for more!

Caricatures for comedian Lianna Carrera

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Since the Christmas break, immediately followed by the GCN Conference in Chicago [stay tuned for postings on that!] things have just been a-movin’ and a-shakin’ – so I am a bit behind on posting about my latest projects!

I was commissioned by friend and funnylady Lianna Carrera to come up with some fun sketches of her for use on her shiny new website. Her site is up and a-runnin’ – check it out here!

She also indicated that she liked the style of [line master] Al Hirschfeld – ME TOO!! But, as an artist, that is a flipping TALL ORDER. I poured over a couple books I have of his illustrations, and tried my best to soak up his genius in hopes it would transfer over in even 2%!

Here are the final illustrations we came up with! ‘Twas a fun project, indeedy!

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Christmas Commissions

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This year I was able to do a few commissions for people as Christmas gifts [see previous post]…. this is something I as an artist take super seriously, and just love the opportunity to create these special gifts for people!

The first one was for a friend from the studio. She was flying home to the East coast for Christmas, and wanted to give her mom a “cartoon” portrait of her, her brother and her parents. They were a very fun bunch to draw, and apparently when her mom opened it, she said “Oh my soul!”. That makes me SO happy.

Brush pen and Prismacolor pencil crayons on Moleskin sketchbook.

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The second one was super special. A friend had lost her dad a few months ago to cancer, and her daughter had really fond memories of him carrying her on his shoulders. So for Christmas she wanted Santa to give her daughter a drawing of her and “Papa” together. I ended up doing two versions of the drawing, which I almost never do. The first one I did was a bit more cartoony, and the second one was a bit more realistic. I felt like it was such a huge honor to capture this moment, I just wanted to make sure I got it right. πŸ™‚

Brush pen on Moleskin sketchbook. This is the first version – the second is the one her daughter is staring at in the frame.Β  πŸ™‚

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Showing the process of digital painting – ish.

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One of the commissions I had to do for someone as a Christmas gift this year, has been given, so I am free to post about it! πŸ™‚ This one was interesting – well they all are, as every illustration has everyone’s own sentimental and individual expectations and emotions attached to it.

But this one had a lot of elements! A couple had just got engaged…. on a basketball court. The person who commissioned me to illustrate this for them, also wanted me to incorporate Mexico, where they fell in love; dogsledding – a passion of theirs, and their local SPCA – where they volunteer.

It was also to be full colour. I decided to do this digitally, as things are easier to manipulate, especially with all those elements. Here is a step-by-step snapshot of my process…. the bottom is the final one! I am happy to say they are happy with it and that’s all that matters in the end. πŸ™‚

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Petsecure dog & cat poses

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Some of the latest dog and cat poses for one of my clients: Petsecure Pet Insurance.

Started with rough pencil sketches – end product is digital.