If you follow my @ellen.illustrates on Instagram you probably saw the 30 day illustration I did. I explored a new illustration style playing with line and photos. I wasn't sure I was going to pull it off especially with how busy I was but I'm proud to say I did! I really enjoyed this challenge and I plan to keep illustrating. (Not every day though.) Anyway here are a few of my favorites. You can explore them all on Instagram.
It has been awhile since I've posted anything but so much has been going on! Last month I managed to secure some tickets to the Color Factory in San Francisco. And it is exactly what you probably think it is, a decorated place where millennials go to take photos.
It was smaller than I expected and honestly not as cool as I had hoped for. I still enjoyed the space and was glad I went to experience it but I wouldn't go again. I think they could have really done more with the senses for each room. Really amp up the taste and smell maybe? But regardless it was neat to see something new and unique and we had a couple of cool photos come out of it.
I love creating illustrations and have had a desire to make them animate. I have finally dipped my toes into the water of the world of after effects and motion. Having only worked in both programs for about a week I've found myself to very excited about after effects. Below are two short animations I created in the program. I created both illustrations in illustrator. They are meant to have a bit of a palm springs vibe. Both could use some smoothing out the animations. I'm just happy to finally getting some animation experience in!
Would love to get any feedback, tips, or tutorial recomendations!
In the spirit of Game of Thrones is back I decided to create a fun character group. Here are the leading ladies of the show (minus Cersei cause she's the worst).
Now that July is upon us and half the year has already passed by I thought I would check in on those New Year's resolutions I made myself and see where I stand. Turns out I'm not doing too bad! The ones in bold are the ones I've accomplished so far (8 out of 17) and 2 more are about to be accomplished. The rest could still use some work. I have to say overall I'm pretty happy about how far I've gotten so far and I'm happy to be reminded by a few of these I still want to carry out. I hope everyone else is accomplishing everything they had hoped to in 2017!
1. Grow in my design career
2. More illustration
3. Update portfolio
4. Stop saying "like"
5. Play the ukelele more
6. Run Ragnar
7. Run 1 half marathon (Happening in August)
8. Workout 5x a week
9. Read 24 books (23 so far!)
10. Shop less
11. Practice minimalism
12. Travel outside the US
13. Learn something new
14. Give a talk
16. Complain less
17. Look at my phone less
I'm super excited to share that Bézier Vol. 1 has finally been released! My work is featured among several other talented vector artists. Digital illustration is still a relatively new hobby of mine and I'm stoked to share it with everyone. You can see my profile here. Or you can get your own copy of the book here.
As I end one chapter and start another I decided to take a week off and explore Wyoming. It was absolutely beautiful! I finally drove a car again for the first time in over a year. It was surprisingly meditative. Utah, Idaho and Wyoming we're just country roads with hardly anyone else on them. We explored the Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and Jackson Hole. It was such a change of pace and scenery compared to the Bay Area. I hope to go back and ski sometime.
Here are some photos from my trip.