I started working at OpenTable last Tuesday. My first self-directed project is to build out their illustration library. I'm calling this tool 'Digital Marionette'. You can put together all sorts of hairstyles, hand poses, and facial features to create a unique character, and then move their limbs about as your heart desires, much like a puppeteer. I'm building a great deal of it from scratch, but I'm also using some work from their freelance illustrator, Maggie. I hope to finish the tool this week so that I can add it to the portfolio and you can see it in action.
I have the week off work because next week I start my new job at OpenTable. I decided to tackle a new technique: shadows. Shadows are complicated because they require a certain amount of depth in the image. I did find this rather hard - I haven't done anything like this in a very long time. I'm not sure this is the style for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This is a piece I'm working on for a client that we probably won't use, but I had so much fun that I decided to finish it anyway. When you have to choose between going to the Oscars or getting delivery in, it isn't hard to decide.
I read Marie Kondo's book, Spark Joy, years ago. And then I recently watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix. She inspired me hugely both times. I even got my boyfriend on board with our closet tidy! It was a pleasure turning my respect for Marie into a drawing.