Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Neverending Sketchbooking

Holy smokes, I was featured on Drawn! Many thanks! To show my appreciation, let me share with you a few of my most recent sketchbook pages.

Mime and Owl in the Trees

Moon and Sun

Eskimo and Polar Bear

Rosy Hair

Bird Hair and Pattern

Till we meet again...

As always, in my sketchbook, I don't give myself any rules when it comes to style and media. Mostly, it's all experiments and play.

Oh! And thank you, thank you very muchly for your comments, I really appreciate them!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Camp Cigma: Magician's Camp

I recently had the great pleasure of designing the new website for Camp Cigma, a fantastic magician's day camp in Sarasota, FL. Today is launch day, and the new site is online!

The owners / creators of the camp—Elia Chesnoff (aka Ilan), Josh Corn, & Lydia Corn—are all kind and amazing people and very good friends of mine. Naturally, I was excited to work with Camp Cigma, both as a camp counselor and as a web designer this summer.

For the Camp Cigma website, I not only designed and created the website, but I also got to do a fun background illustration, filled with camp-related imagery and inside jokes. Here's a screen shot of the site, with the full background illustration:

Cigma Launch Screenshot

And here is a close up of the left and right halves of the background illustration, side by side:

Both Completed Halves

And, in case you are curious, here are the original inked images, before digital editing:

Clouds - Original Inks Camp Object Imagery - Original Inks

Anyone in the Sarasota area during the summer should definitely look into sending their children there. Check it out. It's an amazing experience, and I was glad to be a part of it!
And if you are ever looking for a magician/illusionist for any sort of event, anywhere, I can recommend no one better than my talented friend, Ilan, whose website update, incidentally, is my next web project.

For news and updates about Camp Cigma, be sure to join their Newsletter mailing list!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Sketchbook Time

Howdy Strangers,

It's been a long time, I know. You might find yourself saying: "Oh my goodness, Nancy! Where have you been? And why oh why have you abandoned this poor blog just as you were getting started?"

Well, the excuses aren't good enough. But here I am, I am back, and I do have many things to share with you, my darlings.

Let us begin with my sketchbook.

Cloud Friends and Hair Tangle

Tree Children

Welcome Home

Mimes in Love

Birds Among Fowers

Lovers in Clouds

Doodle Kids

I love sketchbooks and carry one with me always.

I have different kinds of sketchbooks where I work in different ways: In my mini sketchbooks (above), I tend to think of each page as an experiment, which I then turn into something like a final illustration; In my big mess books I plan out illustrations, design characters, write and doodle ideas, and just plain go crazy; In my pattern sketchbook I lay down my color swatches, play with textures, and paint patterns. And then there are also my notebooks, where I doodle and write ideas. Maybe I have too many sketchbooks and notebooks floating around, but that's how I like it.

Anyway, this is a little piece of what I have been up to these past few months.
You can also find some earlier sketchbook pages in my Mini Sketchbook set, over on my Flickr Photostream.

Until next time!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Space Bar - Part One

Meet Gunther.


He hails from the planet Slugulon, and is the bartender and owner of a great little place in outer space, the SPACE BAR, an Intergalactic Liquid and Comestible Consumption Center of Sector 7Z-5, Orbiting the 3rd Moon of Zentrilox 4, the Rogue Planet.


It's a rough job but an interesting one. You never know who will walk in and what will happen in a bar in outer space.

Order up

As a group project for stop-motion, a couple of classmates and I worked to put together this fun little animation. We built the set together, each made our own characters (mine is Gunther, the bartender), and had a great time shooting and editing.

It was ridiculously fun to put this project together, from start to finish. Our teacher, Juliette Marchand, was amazing, and it was great working with my classmates, with especial thanks to Harold Brenkus, Anya Ewing, and Graham Wilson. Thanks guys!

Here are a couple of behind the scenes images:

Behind the Scenes
^Anya, animating while Harold watches.

The Set
^Graham, waiting to animate.

The final project will be up soon!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Why, Hello There...

My name is Nancy.
I am an illustrator/animator/crafter, and this is my new blog.

I know we hardly know each other, but if you'll let me, I'd like to introduce you to some very friendly fish:

Hello Fish

These little guys are painted in gouache, cut-out, and laid over a watercolor collage background. They're part of an experiment in stop motion animation, still in progress.
Someday I will polish it up and share it with you.

Expect a lot of new developments in the days to come.