Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sketches: Retro Heads

A four pack of retro cartoon heads from the almighty newsprint sketchpad that is always kept in my car. This was actually from a few weeks ago when I  got skunked on a Parking Lot Characters field trip—surprisingly none have shown up since the warm weather started, perhaps they've all migrated to Walmart for the season. Anyway, I drew these from my imagination just to be drawing something.

Projects: Hellbetty Jewelry Part II

This is just shameless boasting, because I'm really proud of the Hellbetty Jewelry Project and happy with the way everything has turned out. The client is tickled pink as well, which makes me that much happier. Anyway, this is the latest batch of printed items hot off the presses, the T-shirts and the business cards.

Photo: © 2011, Tarrah Moore.
Photo: © 2011, Tarrah Moore.  
Photo: © 2011, Tarrah Moore.
Photo: © 2011, Tarrah Moore.
Photo: © 2011, Tarrah Moore.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Behind the Scenes: Cartoon Tests

I've been working out an idea today, which is a variation on my cartoon style, but instead of  the usual ink, or digital, I'm doing it in black colored pencil and blue art sticks. The style I'm shooting for is reminiscent of the soft black & white children's book illustrations of the mid-century, such as those of the legendary, Syd Hoff. You might not think it, but one of the most important choices I've had to make to get the look I want is the choice of paper. To make a long story short, I did three versions on different types of paper to see which one looks the best. So now, without further ado, I present the three test versions.

#1 Charcoal Paper

#2 Cream Tinted Drawing Paper

#3 Cream Manila Drawing Paper
After playing the "Three Bears Game"—this one's too lumpy, this one's too smooth . . .—the one I'm happiest with is #3, the cream manila drawing paper. It's got a nice soft texture and an old school feel, you might even say an "antiqued" look to it. The funny thing is, that I found this paper at Goodwill, and parts of the top sheet were sun-faded, so it had obviously been around for a while. I'll probably never be able to find it again, in fact, after this test, I've only got 47 sheets of it left, which will be fine for this project, but what about the next one? I'll figure something out. If nothing else, I can always scan a blank piece of it and use as a texture for future digital art, so I'll at least be able to use it that way.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Get Paid For Referring Clients to Vintage 66 Graphics!

At this point it is still unofficial, but I am now offering a finder's fee to anyone who refers new clients my way. Basically it goes like this, you tell somebody about the great services and products available from Vintage 66 Graphics, then let me know via email, and I will make a note of it. If that person ends up hiring me, I will send you a 10% finder's fee within three (3) business days of the client's final payment being approved. I don't want to imply you're going to become filthy rich by these referrals, a $50 job will only net you $5, for crying out loud. Of course, a much bigger $2,000 job will get you $200,
so it really just depends. There are a few limitations, for example, this offer does not include referrals to the Vintage 66 Zazzle Shop, although Zazzle already has an affiliates program in place, so you can get in on that too, if you like. Also, the job must be completed, meaning if the client cancels, there is no finder's fee. I'll be posting about this more when there is an official launch, but in the meantime, if you have any questions feel free to ask.