Friday, February 28, 2014

Coffee & Links February 28, 2014- Time Well Wasted!

© Holly DeWolf- Coffee Mug Doodles

This week I've come across a a mix of that includes exercise, good advice, a new photo gadget, reasons to be self employed, the love of fonts, classic animators, a grammar lesson and a call for submissions for an upcoming book. 

Great quote of the week: “Don't give up! It's not over. The universe is balanced. Every set-back bears with it the seeds of a come-back.” 
― Steve MaraboliUnapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience.

• Maira Kalman on Curiosity, Courage, Happiness, and the Two Keys to a Full Life
“What protects you in this world from sadness and from the loss of an ability to do something? … Work and love.”

• I'm an elitist (You might be as well)-From Seth Godin. 

"Elites aren't defined by birth or wealth, they are people with a project, individuals who want to do work they believe in, folks seeking to make an impact. Averaging down everything we do so that it becomes cheap and ubiquitous and palatable to all is a hollow goal."

How exercising can make us happy! -From Elephant Journal. 
“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.”- Plato

• It’s Amazing How Much of the World You Can See In Just One Minute. 

• 42 Successful People Share The Best Advice They Ever Received

The narrative clip automatic camera & app- could this be the nest best way to show your process? 

55 reasons to be self employed! 

• The science behind fonts (and how they make you feel)

10 Thoughts for illustrators. 

For those moments when you feel frustrated or just wanting to give up. If this little piggy can surf then we can do anything! 

The gorgeous reality of not being liked by everyone!

The CALARTS class that created a renaissance in animation. 

Video- Fix your grammar!

Book submission: Design Funny-A Graphic Designer's Guide to Humour. Deadline in March 25th. 

Webinar: A Webinar: Researching the Right Agent, Editor, and/or Publishing House.

A bit a creative Karma to pass along: I was asked by Stéphane Lauzon to post his submission to the Aribus image contest being held in Montreal. The Expo+ concept is a contest, in collaboration with the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), to mark the deployment of its new bus shelters. Please vote! 

Thanks for reading my blog. Here on Diary Of An Illustrator, I love to share advice, tips, and great information. If you have articles you'd like me to include in an upcoming Coffee & Links, drop me a line at holly[at]hollydewolf[dot]com. You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or on Illustration Notes

Monday, February 24, 2014

In The Studio: What To Do With Old Gouache

Can dried up old gouache be saved?
 Try this easy process! 

To start off the week, I've decided to do a little studio house keeping. I guess that pre-Spring cleaning phase is setting in. I found a lot of dried up gouache that needed some attention The easiest way to bring gouache back to life is with items from the kitchen: 

• a butter knife
• a small spoon
• a pestle and mortar
• warm water
• scissors or utility knife
• bowls to place the old gouache into
• a dropper

Gouache is a chalky paint and dries up over time for many reasons: paint gets into the grooves of the cap which prevent it from a tight seal, the paint caps and tubes crack plus constant temperature changes in your studio space can alter your paint over time. 

Gouache from a container: The first step is to scrape the dried gouache out of the container with a butter knife. After you remove all the paint, wash the jar completely so the cap and jar rim is free of from paint residue. Set your paint aside in a bowl. 

Gouache from a tube: 
It's good to have an extra paint container for the gouache you'll remove from a tube. You'll have to cut down the side to get at the dried gouache. From here, scrape the paint out with a knife an put it aside in a bowl. 

Now comes the fun part! 
Once you have all the dried paint scraped out, now you get to make a fine gouache powder with the pestle and mortar. This will get messy when you add the warm water and begin to mix it all together. Only add small amounts to make the desired thickness. Try a dropper so you can control how much water you addFrom here, put the new paint back into a container with a small spoon. Seal it with a cap. Clean your pestle and mortar and start reworking another dried up colour. Now you have new paint that is ready to use! 

This is no guarantee it wont dry up again, but it does save you money. Gouache is expensive so it's totally worth saving your favourite paint colours.  

Friday, February 7, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New Studio Buddy!

It just occurred to me that I have not introduced to you my new studio buddy. Meet Toby. He is our rescue kitten. When we got he was not at all well so we were not sure if we were going to be able to keep him. But, he has proven to be a tough and resilient cat so he will definitely fit in fine here. He does not meow. He is good at catching red laser lights. He came equipped with cloaking abilities-he disappears for hours! We just stop looking for him sometimes and wait til he reappears. He is a bed hog. And we have currently taught him to sit. Best part: it's nice to have another heartbeat around when the kids are in school plus he's cuddly too!  

A month of making!

© Holly DeWolf- A month of making! 

January had a slow start for me. Besides making coffee and making my driveway visible again and again, I did manage to get some work done. The month of January I concentrated on:

- a new book. I'm currently working on the concept and the table of contents. 
- creating a podcast with designer/ illustrator Brian Bowes. We are continuing with our Creative Coffee concept. I'm looking forward to chatting about illustration once again. 
- getting back in to blogging. 
- taking online classes to refresh my skills and to gain new skills. Best part: I can do them at my own pace on my own time when it's quieter. 
- messing rough with ideas for a couple of children's books. 
- some self directed work to keep fresh.  
- a total reorganization of my studio. I like to de-clutter after New Year's. It's a great way to start fresh.  
- and adopting a new exercise routine. I have now added yoga to my day. 
- and getting my new website underway. Great part: it will be assessable on all platforms- computer, phone and tablet.  

We've also gone loom crazy in the house as well. My two daughters have been loving their new hobby especially on the storm days. Speaking of storms, we are currently having another winter blast today. Looks a good excuse to stay in and make things!