I haven't done much digital traditional mixing of my work, but I do like the results. My brain always returns to Wes Anderson films so I decided to do Margot as a kid. I hope you like the way it turned out as much as I did! Check out some of the WIP pictures below
Now that my 3 month show is done at Melt, I have my paintings back at home. In their absence, I realized that I wanted/needed to change my images in my online shop. I for some reason really liked how my stuff looks on our yellow desk chair in our backyard. I had a break in my schedule and before it began to superstorm, I was able to take a few minutes to snap these new shots of my pieces that are for sale.
As with everything else on the social media internet, I have no idea what the best place is to try and sell my work. My hosting site provides me with a basic store, but I don't know if that will ever get any sales. There are paid sites like BigCartel, but I don't know if it is worth the effort and time. I used to have my stuff for sale on my website, Etsy, Red Bubble, and Society6, but it was hard to keep up consistency on all the sites and then get no sales and barely any views. On the other hand, many of these hosting sites try and provide you with everything that you need like a store and a blog, but they may not be the best at getting you exposure. But I do kind of like the idea that everything is in one place. No one has to go off my site to see my work, read my blog, or buy my paintings. But, I've never sold online yet so I have yet to figure out the right strategy for that.
I'd be interested in hearing if anyone else has had similar experiences. Comment below!
This week, I decided to paint an inked drawing I did back for Inktober 2014. I had started on this digitally, but I've been really enjoying working with actual paint lately. Its funny, I've gotten to know Bill Murray's face so well. I kind of know the contours of his face and where the light and shadow will be. I guess if you draw something enough it becomes second nature.
If you've never seen The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, it's one of Wes Anderson's lesser liked films. I remember when I first saw it I felt a little conflicted about it myself, but now I love it. Also, here's a little background on the scene in which this piece was inspired.
Direction can be hard for an artist. I know there are all the new self help work gurus that try and point you in a direction like a knife. Here is your style. Here is what you do. Here is what you are known for.
For instance, you could say I'm one of those thrift store painter guys because I paint something like this.
But, I also do stuff like this.
Which could also be easy to peg me as an illustrator in a more childrens illustration style. These two different sides tug at me. They're both art but two totally different things. Do they go on different websites? Will one be looked down upon if someone sees the other? What is my "brand"? Where is my audience? What does my tribe look like?
All of these things are bought and sold to us and it becomes hard to say this is my complicated direction that doesn't fit one mold. I just make these things. I am a maker of painted things. Here they are. Enjoy. OR don't. They are what come to me and all I can do is release them into the world and maybe they'll find a place. Maybe they'll find a home.
Ben J Hutchison
I am an aspiring children's book writer and illustrator.