John Francis Illustration
How long have you been a CAI Member?
JF: Since 1994 I believe, but quite sure there have been lapses.
How did you get started in the illustration field?
JF: My first job out of art school was for Factors Etc. in DE as an illustrator for licensed graphic t-shirt designs. Began freelancing a few years later.
How did you find your style? Has it changed since you started?
JF: Tight airbrush art was my first love, then combining line / sketch with realistic focus, which became the style most interesting and familiar. The digital era proved to be an interesting transition..."I can change the background color without redoing it ?"
What is your process when working with clients? Can you run us through a typical job?
JF: 1.) Purchase Order is important as all parties are agreed on terms before work begins - cost, usage, timing, etc. 2.) Reference and usually a couple rounds of sketches. 3.) Final art...on time of course ! 4.) After a good breather, send that invoice !
What is your creation process (start with sketches, etc.)?
JF: A layout from the client and reference material is usually handy when doing an ad, but many times just get the copy. A sketch or two for approval before going to final art. Often, I'll photograph my own reference.
How do you market/promote your work?
JF: Artist websites mainly: Theispot, Workbook Online, and Directory of Illustration. Direct mail when time allows, or sending promo sheets to specific agencies or publishers. Soon, as many others do, I plan to have a monthly e-mail campaign in action. Need to update my own site in a big way !
What was one of your favorite assignments?
JF: Now that's a tough one, could be Rollerblade, Timberland, Kellogg's but doing futuristic conceptional art in a feature for Scuba Magazine was a blast. I must say though, that I'm very excited about an ad series for MonoSol, LLC currently in the works...they haven't approved my concept drawing for Isaac Newton, but I've gone to final and can't stop !...The series is about partnerships in innovation...Jacques Cousteau is the next subject in the series....so cool, and might just become my favorite !
What is the best part about what you do?
JF: It's always a personal boost when I land a particularly sweet project, clicking with an art director, good budget and a new portfolio piece. Most freelancers may agree that they enjoy a level of freedom as well.
Describe your work setting.
JF: So grateful am I for my workspace !
I lease an office on the top floor/ roof in the heart of Lodo. Though often working solo, there's always plenty going on.
Do you have side projects you work on?
JF: Yes, after years of technical and commercial work, I have started painting on canvas when possible, and wish to incorporate into my options eventually. The Vivaldi Violin at the last High Five Show was commissioned, but my first time on canvas in over 20 years...what fun !
How do you maintain balance in your life between work and play?
JF: Excellent question, Play first ! Actually, play is more fun when the work is done...and helps avoid all nighters. Though I keep time sheets, as a freelancer it's hard to "punch out" so to speak. I played a lot of co-ed softball this summer as a balance promoter...didn't win any tournaments, but the social benefits were highly worthwhile.
Do you ever have creative slumps? What do you do then?
JF: There are definitely times when I feel more creative than others, and when I find myself in a "tunnel vision" concerning a particular project, I'll look for others images (artists of all categories ) books or on-line. To break out of it, take a bike ride or go work out for an hour to clear any clutter. Some breakthroughs have come unexpectedly while in quite contemplation in a different place...changing your approach in an open positive state. Visit another creative and ask what they think.
What do you do for fun/when you're not working?
JF: Enjoy skiing when the snow falls, but excited about a week in Oahu...leaving next Tuesday !...I miss big water.
What has been inspiring you lately?
JF: Those past and present with a concept or an idea, then act on it with a flight plan to fruition.
Any advice for others who are pursuing creative goals?
JF: Working in a creative atmosphere such as an ad agency / art department for 5 years will teach one so much before entering the freelance world...I think I entered it a bit too green, and the lessons were painful at times. Plan your "Balance" of work, fun and family.
It's time for the 21st Annual CAI show. In addition to showcasing our member and non-member pieces, we'll have performers, food, and beverages at our May 6th CAI Friday Art Walk opening.
Bizarre Monkey Studios
985 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Show runs Friday May 6th, 6pm-10pm through May 27th
Opening Reception: May 6, 6-10pm
Closing Reception and artwork pick up: May 27th 6-10pm
(artwork may be picked up at the end of the closing reception)
Attendees get to vote for their Top 5 Favorite pieces, on the night of the opening, and awards will go to the pieces which receive the most votes.
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It's time for the 21st Annual CAI show. We'll have performers, food and beverages at our May 6th CAI Friday Art Walk opening and May 27th closing party.
favorite top five artistic pieces. And the winning top CAI member image will be our featured artwork for the June Denver Chalk Art Festival chalk drawing! Thousands of cameras will be clicking at Larimer Square, so enter your best and invite your guests!
This is one of the best benefits of CAI membership-to enter your pieces without fees-if in early! If not already a current member, please renew now. We have so many great seminars, events, camaraderie and creative peer networking.
We need your art entry info online by April 26th. Late folks who want to pay extra have until May 3rd. Looking forward to our CAI 21st Annual High 5 show to be one of our best!
-Che' Rippinger, CAI Board Advisor
GET YOUR ARTWORK READY!* GET NOTICED!
We're creating big buzz this year for the big annual CAI show this May. Join us for our 21st Annual CAI Illustration Show at Bizarre Monkey Studio.
*Free Earlybird Entry for CAI Members! (before April 26th)
Call For Entries - Annual CAI Show: The High 5 Exhibit
Bizarre Monkey Studio
985 Santa Fe Dr.
Denver, CO 80204
Calling All Colorado Illustrators to Participate in Annual Show
Opening night and receiption: Friday, May 7th, 6-10 pm
All judging will take place the evening of the opening reception by all attendees "people's choice" vote. The top 5 pieces of the show will be announced at 9:00 pm, and awards will be handed out. The piece receiving the TOP votes will be featured and recreated by the CAI for the annual La Piazza del Arte chalk art festival the weekend of June 5th!
All pieces sold can be picked up at the Closing Reception, and sales proceeds are remitted in full to the exhibiting artist.
|When:||Friday, Apr 16, 2010, 6:00 PM until Sunday, Apr 18, 2010, 4:00 PM|
Hilton Garden In, Denver Tech Center
7675 East Union Ave
Denver, CO 80237
Award winning illustrator Joyce Mihran Turley, specializes in presenting scientifically accurate images of nature with a painterly style and colorful palette. Published by the Grand Canyon Association, Animals Count in Grand Canyon National Park is her latest book release. It introduces young children to the engaging animals and scenery of the park. Joyce's current projects include The Totally Out There Guide to Glacier National Park, a comprehensive illustrated guide to the park for older students, and One Night in the Everglades, a book detailing current research efforts to return the Everglades to a more sustainable condition. Her loon and osprey illustrations are featured in a series of books for children published by Mountain Press Publishing.
Jeff Crosby and Shelley Ann Jackson are husband and wife author/illustrators who work both individually and collaboratively. Jeff and Shelley each hold BFA degrees in Communication Design from the University of North Texas and MFA degrees in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts. They have been illustrating professionally since 1997. Their work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, book covers, picture books, posters, greeting cards and advertisements. In his solo career, Jeff has illustrated six picture books. The couple’s love of dogs inspired them to try their hand at writing in their first collaborative children’s book, Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds, which they also illustrated and designed. Little Lions was awarded a grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and was named 2008 juvenile nonfiction book of the year by ForeWord Magazine. Together Jeff and Shelley illustrated the Revolutionary War picture book Upon Secrecy, written by Selene Castrovilla. They are currently at work on a sequel to Little Lions called Harness Horses, Bucking Broncos & Pit Ponies: A History of Horse Breeds and Jeff is in the contract phase of his next solo book with Hyperion. Jeff and Shelley live in Castle Rock with their daughter and three dogs.
Interview with Colorado Alliance of Illustrators Vice President, Cherish Flieder by SCBWI writer Jennifer Bertman for Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators Rocky Mountain Chapter newsletter, Kite Tales.
Why did you decide to start a blog?
The more I learn and experience in life, the more I want to share my findings with others. I found myself retelling the same stories and sharing the resources repeatedly to other illustrators, writers, family, and friends. I began to think that keeping a blog would be a more effective way to share my messages and updates. I took a few classes on blogging and that helped spur me on to further action.
I first started blogging for the Colorado Alliance of Illustrators as their Secretary and Vice President (www.AllianceOfIllustrators.BlogSpot.com). This gave me the experience and confidence I needed to start my own blog about my art and related interests.
My blog at www.SomethingToCherish.com is woven into the structure of my website that promotes my illustration style. I use WordPress to easily manage and update my blog, but it actually started in www.Blogger.com which is very easy to use if you are new to blogging.
Why is blogging important to you?
Blogging is my way of connecting with others and chronicling events and resources that I don’t want to forget. I know that by sharing this information I can help and encourage others. Blogging also gives my work exposure to a world-wide audience that I would not get with a static website on its own. I have met so many incredible people through blogging and have found an audience for my art that I never knew existed before.
Advice or tips to share about blogging?
The most important thing about blogging is that you tie your blog post articles into who you are and what you do. Blogs have incredible power behind them to promote you and connect you with the search engines using RSS (Real Simple Syndication). For example, my blog is focused on illustration, publishing, and art licensing. So, when I decide what I want to post, I think of things that relate to all or any of the above.
There is also a very personal element to blogging and even more so for artists and authors that blog. People who read your blog want to know about your expertise, but also about who you are as an individual. It is highly recommended to have an actual picture of your face on the blog or at least on your website somewhere. Occasionally, you will see artists and writers post personal blog posts about the kids, the cat, the summer vacation etc. When you blog about personal events, you help readers to feel more connected to you on a personal level. However, it is important to balance out your posts. It probably isn’t a good idea to post much in any single area that might detract from the main purpose of your blog. If your goal is to share your expertise in writing or illustrating children’s books, you need to make most of your posts revolve around that purpose.
“What do I write about on my blog?”
This is the number one question any new blogger has hanging in front of them as they stare into that blank screen. It was overwhelming to me at first too, but now I have so many ideas on what I want to post there is no want of new material, just time to simply write it out.
Here are some ideas for blog posts:
- New artwork or articles
- Classes or teleseminars you are teaching
- New videos, podcasts or e-books
- New partnerships, volunteer efforts, organizations and charities with which you participate
- Special events you are hosting, promoting, you attended or you are sponsoring
- New book or product releases
- New services you offer or new details on current services
- Contests in which you are participating or want to organize and award
- Polls or surveys you are conducting
- Your stand on a controversial topic (i.e. Orphan Works)
- Local angle to a national story
- Current holidays and national day/week/month celebrations (See www.Chases.com for a complete list.)
- Share helpful tips and resources
- And the list goes on and on . . .
I keep a little notebook/folder with my ideas for future blogs before they even make it to the web. If you start brainstorming a list for yourself first before you even turn your computer on you will have much more focus and success with your blog.
“How often do I need to publish new posts?
This is another commonly asked question. However, the answer is really left up to you. Just remember that once you start a blog you need to add posts regularly. It does not positively promote you if your last blog post is several months or several years old! I try to post new material to my blog about one a week with the minimum being once a month. I just pick a day of the week, Wednesday in my case, to do all my online marketing updates and use it as a reminder to post something new on my blog.
My last piece of advice for all bloggers out there is to make sure that your contact information is easily accessible from any page of your blog. Also, don’t forget to add a link back to your main website, where people can learn more about you and your work. You are missing out on valuable correspondence if you don’t put it out there.
I subscribe to over 100 blogs on many different subjects. Here are a few blogs that I can always count on to be full of ideas and inspiration:
When I meet a new artist I like or an organization with whom I want to keep in touch, I subscribe to their blog using my RSS reader. I use Google Reader, but there are many others out there for you to explore. Subscribing to an RSS is great. It doesn’t clog my inbox and I can pull it up all in one place to catch up on my reading. I also recommend subscribing to your own blog to make sure that the RSS is working properly. I like to use www.FeedBurner.com to publicize my feeds all over the internet.About Cherish Flieder:
Cherish Flieder is not only a designer, but an artist in the truest sense of the word, that has skills to help any client with a wide array of graphic, illustrative, and marketing needs. Cherish has been sketching, painting, drawing, and creating little products ever since she was a small child.
Cherish pursues her passion for art and design at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado. Her design studio, (Cherished Solutions, llc, and brands Something to Cherish™ and Painting for Life™), works with publishers, manufacturers, and other niche businesses to achieve their goals in the marketplace by creating designs and illustrations and pairing them with thoughtful marketing objectives. Cherish works on the creation and production of conceptual and cohesive licensing collections, product development, books (especially children’s books), packaging, and other marketing materials.
My most popular post is an article called “Leveraging LinkedIn’s Networking Power” about how to use LinkedIn as a marketing tool. Below is an excerpt. Thank you for your interest in my blog. I hope to connect with you online soon. Happy blogging everyone!
“I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.”
You may have been sent an email with this exact request on more than one occasion by a friend or colleague. If you have dismissed this invitation as just another one of those time wasting, friend collecting sites, then you may be at a considerable disadvantage.
So, if it’s that important, what exactly is LinkedIn you ask . . . and that’s a great question!
LinkedIn, found online at www.linkedin.com, is by far the largest and most professional, business-oriented, social media networking site on the World Wide Web. Although it has only been around since 2002, it has over 25 million participants worldwide and grows at the rate of over 130,000 members each week!
LinkedIn is easy to use and opens the doors of opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with key players of the human race, in a new and effective way. The basic concept of how it works beckons back to the theory of “six degrees of separation.” On LinkedIn it will only show you up to three degrees of separation, but that alone will connect you to millions of professionals once you start linking up with other users. Your network will consist of your connections (1st), your connections’ connections (2nd), and then the connections to which they are connected (3rd). This dynamic function will start to make more sense as you begin see it in action.
It’s a good idea to create and maintain a professional LinkedIn profile page if you want:
* a beneficial way to promote your art brand, products, and/or services online
* to meet key players in your areas of expertise
* to discover new business or job opportunities
* to learn about a new industry in which you hope to expand
* to reconnect with colleagues, classmates, and clients
5 Things I Love About LinkedIn
* LinkedIn helps me to “stay in touch” and “touch base” with people that are important to me. Often, we get so busy that we never follow up on important connections and we loose out in the long run. LinkedIn is a superior tool for keeping you cognizant of your important connections and gives you an easy way to contact with them when the time is right.
* LinkedIn gives you a visual reference of your network, helping you readily discover commonalities. You can find someone with a skill you desire. You can post jobs or even apply for them online. When you are looking to join or serve with a new company, you can use LinkedIn to conduct preparatory research. LinkedIn makes it easy to discover which connections you have working with that company or who is associated with it, even before you have your first interview.
* LinkedIn is a great way to learn about any industry. You can see what other people are up to, see how they are promoting themselves and view their notable accomplishments.
* LinkedIn manages my database of connections for me. I don’t have to go and look up an email for anyone that is connected to me or even open up my email composer to send out a message. It gives me an instant connection to their email inbox from their profile page.
* LinkedIn makes it simple for each member to keep their own information current for the benefit of the community. This feature helps users quickly access updated job summaries, aspirations, interests, status, website links, and more.
One last thing about social media sites . . . there are so many of them out there. If you are using them for your business you will need to carefully select the ones that help you best maintain professional connections and ultimately keep your brand in front of your clients. Professionally, I use Plaxo, Facebook, and Twitter, in addition to LinkedIn. MySpace can be good too, if you approach it with a professional touch. But, if you only choose one, I urge you to go with LinkedIn, as it will give you the most professional online presence and effective online networking available.
If you would like to read Cherish’s “10 Tips for Making the Most of Your LinkedIn Profile”, sign up for her e-zine at http://somethingtocherish.com/souvenirs.
About this talk
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
About Elizabeth Gilbert
The author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert has thought long and hard about some large topics. Her next fascination: genius, and how we ruin it. Full bio and more links
Patrick Loehr is a professional artist and educator living and working in the Denver area.
See more at www.patrickloehr.com and The Visual Storytellers Studio.
Be sure to read Jill Bergman's interview here with Illustrator, Author and Educator, Patrick Loehr.
Listen & Learn to license your art with Paul Brent
Do you know Paul Brent? He is an ever popular coastal artist that has his art work licensed on just about anything you can imagine, even movies like the "The Truman Show" starring Jim Carey. I could go on and on, but I would rather you see his work for yourself. Check it out at PaulBrent.com)
On Wednesday, March 25, 2009 (5:30 pm PST / 8:30 pm EST), Paul will be answering your questions about art licensing. Seriously, you can ask him anything you want! I have sent in my question and I can't wait to listen in to see what he will say!
Ok. So here's the deal. If you are and artist trying to get your art work licensed on product, you would be CRAZY not to take advantage of this opportunity. So, take some time out of your busy schedule find out the truth about art licensing from this equally busy and very successful man!
What are you waiting for? Sign-up now!
The HIGH 5 Exhibit
Ink Lounge Gallery
445 S Saulsbury St (Block 07, Belmar, CO)
You are invited to come to the 19th Annual Colorado Alliance of Illustrators Exhibit. We will be doing something a little different this year. We are letting the attendees on opening night to vote for their top 5 favorite pieces. The voting will end around 9 pm and at 9:30, the top 5 pieces of the show will be announced. There will be food and drink. We are looking for illustrators to submit work and for volunteers to help with hanging the show and to help the night of the opening.
Please contact Steve Schader at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720.981.8655.
More info: http://www.allianceofillustrators.org/ or: http://www.inkloungegallery.com/pages/exhibits.html
Tara Reed has a new e-book hot off the press that is a must read for any one serious about licensing their art to manufacturers.
"How to Find, Interact and Work with Manufacturers who License Art"
These 75 pages of informational bliss had my idea cogs turning, challenging the way I approach and sell art to companies that are looking to license art.
You will chuckle your way this e-book as Tara lightheartedly unlocks the mysteries of the artist/manufacturer relationship. I especially enjoyed the 3 magic questions as well as the insightful interviews. Get ready for some hands on information that will establish the way you do business as an art licensor.
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According to Twitter: Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?
It can be anything from “about to brush my teeth”, “had a ham sandwich for lunch”, “discovered this great new website – here is a link”.
And here’s a catch– you only have 140 characters per ‘tweet’. (A “tweet” is what they call your update or post)
While trying to explain Twitter to a friend the other day, I came up with a great analogy. Twitter is like a virtual office – with the people you follow being the workers in nearby cubicles.
If I were in a real office, I could walk to a nearby cubicle and ask, “ Hey, anybody know what font this is?” Since I work at home, I’d be talking to the wall.
But now that I have twitter, I can talk to anyone who is following me.
I have found Twitter to be a great source of information. My font question was real. One day I needed to figure a font to use in a book. I found one I liked but didn’t know what it was.
I Twittered my question, put a link to a sample of the font, and waited.
Within 10 minutes, one person told me the exact name of the font.
Another Twitter friend gave me a link to a website, where I could enter samples of any font and the site would tell me the font. What a great resource for the future!
With more and more people working from home, there is a growing need for ways to feel ‘connected’ and less isolated. Twitter does just that and more.
The TOP 3 reasons I like Twitter:
- Twitter is a great way to learn about what people are doing. Twitter helps you feel connected to others in your industry and life – regardless of physical location.
- By reading what others are doing and discovering, I too, find interesting websites that can help me with my business.
- By posting what I’m doing throughout the day, others can learn more about me personally and professionally. Twitter has led to joint venture opportunities, job opportunities and new customers.
But how does it work?
I will take you on a guided tour of Twitter, complete with lots of pictures!
(I’m an artist, I like to SEE what is going on!)
You will Learn the Six Steps to Becoming a Master Tweeter on Twitter
All you have to do is sign up for my Art Licensing Newsletter and the 17 page, image-packed eBook is yours. For free. Can’t beat free!
Click here, sign up, opt-in and unleash your inner social butterfly!
P.S. “Twitter”, the bird, and all screen shots are copyrights of Twitter and used to further the cause, not to harm or confuse it! I don’t know how I ever lived without you Twitter!
P.P.S. Do you already twitter? Let me know - follow me, I’ll follow you. artisttarareed
Claudine Hellmuth is a nationally recognized collage artist, author and illustrator. She combines photos, paint, paper and pen into quirky, whimsical-retro collages that she calls Poppets®.
Her artworks have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, in Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion magazine, on HGTV's "I Want That!" and on the DIY Network's program, "Craft Lab."
In addition to creating her artwork full-time, Claudine teaches collage workshops in the US & Canada, and she has written 2 books about her techniques, "Collage Discovery Workshop" and "Collage Discovery Workshop: Beyond the Unexpected." She has also produced three instructional DVD workshops.
Claudine's studio and home are in Washington DC, where she lives with her husband, Paul and their very spoiled pets - Toby the wonder dog and Mable & Stanley the cats.