Archive for the ‘Comic Art’ Category

#Inktober – Four ‘cans better than Tucans

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

In honour of #Inktober … a couple of Tucans just hanging out.

Tucans_M-JKelley2015_400_2 #Inktober

Four ‘cans Better Than Two Cans (pencil/ink) – M-J Kelley 2015

Drawing Turbulence

Friday, August 14th, 2015

On my recent return flight from San Francisco, I experienced the worst turbulence. I had my sketchbook out at the time and decided just to keep on drawing – just to see what would happen.

Turbulence (graphite) by M-JKelley2015

Turbulence (graphite) by M-J Kelley 2015

Best New Thing in My World: Adobe Illustrator

Friday, January 9th, 2015

The summer and fall of 2014 were obviously not spent writing in my blog (sorry I will try to do better this year). Instead they were spent thinking and learning. I spent a lot of my time thinking about what I want to do with all that I know and came up with how much I still needed to learn. Funny that.

From all that thinking I came up with two things in particular that I wanted to do. First, I wanted to rebrand my web business and change it up a bit and the second was to work on a web comic.

Both needed websites and artwork. More precisely, vectorized digital artwork.

So how does a drawing in my sketchbook become a vectorized logo? Adobe Illustrator.

Three Loud Crows sketchbook M-J Kelley_2015

Sketchbook drawing of web services logo for Three Loud Crows

So I drew my new logo for my web services business Three Loud Crows in my sketchbook. Then I scanned the image into Adobe Photoshop, changed the colour mode to grayscale and cleaned it up. Enter, Adobe Illustrator … I placed the logo onto new artboard, image traced it, and painted it.

Final logo for Three Loud Crows web services business – M-J Kelley (digital artwork 2014)

Final logo for Three Loud Crows web services business – M-J Kelley (digital artwork 2014)

Et voilà! Vectorized digital artwork. It’s a big piece that fits nicely into the puzzle of what I’ll be working on this year.

Teaching Art

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Today I begin teaching at LucSculpture School & Studios. I will be teaching Art Portfolio and Cartooning, Comic Art and Sequential Storytelling.

Art Portfolio is a “one on one” class aimed at improving a student’s body of artwork for school submissions. Artistic portfolios should display “observational art” such as: landscapes, still-lifes, cityscapes, self-portrait and human form. It should also include work that speaks to your personal experiences and culture, and reflects your thoughts and concepts.

Cartooning, Comic Art and Sequential Storytelling is a seven week class series that focuses on the basic framework and components of cartoon and comic art. These will be put into play by learning how to tell and draw a story sequentially without the use of words.

I once taught a similar cartooning class at the Kansas City Art Institute. I am so looking forward to teaching it again!