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After three crazy months I finally made it. Plus a new art market slash potential meet-up and save the date for this years' top illustration event!
It’s been a long time since we talked! Finally, I made and uploaded the video I had promised you at the end of last year (Ups…). I’ve been busy with some awesome projects and also working on my personal creative revolution… more on that soon!
The Menu for This Week
🌳 Scanning Artwork for less than $100!
🌳 Preparing a new Art Market
🌳 Save the date …
A new video is up!
Don’t limit yourself, and (maybe) get a scanner!
Having a cool scanner as a professional illustrator sounds like a no-brainer. I had been asked a lot what kind of scanner I had and used, and I always replied in a carefree way that I didn’t really need one. As I create all my client work digitally and make traditional art to relax and for fun, I’ve been very indifferent to all the scanners in the world over the past years. And you know what? I realized it might have been a mistake.
Let’s get away from the scanners, printers and other paper-eating and spitting machines. I’ve noticed that we - people in general, artists in particular - limit ourselves way too often. We cut our own wings and say no to ourselves. How many times you had an artistic idea or a concept, as crazy as it might have been, and you didn’t execute it, finding many reasons why it’s better to leave it alone? Maybe you thought it wouldn’t make sense, was a waste of time, or it didn’t fit into the idea you or others might have of you as an artist. I feel like the latter might be the most recurring one for me. And this year, I’m putting a stop to it.
Check out the video; it’s short and perfect if you’re looking for a scanner or wondering if you really need one.
If I want to make a flying clay cow, why not? If I want to spend weekends drawing my dog as a space explorer, what’s the problem? And if I want to make a 3d paper cutout with my illustrations, I think I should just go for it. If I’m being honest with you, I think that’s how many of the things I had made that received most appreciation in the past, came to be.
So following this trail of thought, I started sharing my non-digital illustration creations on my Instagram some time ago, and I’ve been doing it more and more since then. I’ve ‘discovered’ that not only the perfectly polished and finished illustrations are worth showing. By observing some of my favorite artists show more experimental and messy artistic explorations I feel like the full scope of our creations gives a better image of who we are as artists. That’s when I thought of getting a scanner. To show my sketches in good quality, but most importantly, to digitalize them and have a copy of my physical sketchbook.
Let’s meet if you are around!
Have you heard of We Are Playgrounds?
This year the event is taking place 20-21 April in Eindhoven, and I’m gonna be there! It’s been almost a year since the last time I took part in an Art Market, and I’m very happy that another opportunity presented itself to do so!
We are Playgrounds is a bi-yearly festival & a conference for creatives organized since 2006, that focuses on promoting and building bridges for digital artists in fields such as animation, illustration, film, and game. Since I learned about the event, I wanted to participate and visit, but somehow I always missed the moment as my head was always buried in other things. I’m very happy that in April I’m finally gonna check it out for the first time and participate actively as a seller at The Art Department event in Eindhoven. The program looks very exciting, with planned artist talks, workshops, live drawing sessions and more. I’m personally looking forward to listen to Beatrice Blue talk.
You can expect a video from the event and my art market experience, the upgraded illustration stand, insight into how I made my new business cards and the process behind illustration merch! It’s gonna be my first time visiting Eindhoven, so if you have any recs leave them in the comments and, of course, I’m looking forward to seeing you there!
Let’s plant more trees!
Another exciting event in April is….drum rolls….
.. Our Planet Week! Yay!
If you follow me on LinkedIn & YouTube (or Instagram… remember Instagram?), you already have all the details. I invite you all to check the official announcement on my account @asiaorlando_ and the official Our Planet Week account @ourplanetweek for all the info. Don’t forget to have a look at our amazing hosts, who created this year’s prompts and will support all of our participants.
This year we kick off the 4th edition on Earth Day, and let me tell you, we have some cool themes for you to work with and a lot of creative energy to serve a good cause!
You can expect more about the 4th edition of Our Planet Week in the next newsletter.
Check the announcement below
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