Rutherford Character Sketches

I am in the beginning stages of developing character sketches for a new children's book project I am working on for the Rutherford House. This is a dream project and I'm having fun working with a writer and the client, making decisions around what type of people or animals will tell the story of how the city in which I live (Edmonton, Alberta) began and grew into what it is today.

I'll share more as things develop :) The project will (theoretically) be completed in early 2016 :)

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Line quality & texture

Happy Easter! Listened/watched Yuko's skillshare on the weekend and played around with line quality. Thinking more and more about what kind of thought or care I can put into the line to communicate soft vs. hard, fuzzy vs. smooth, etc. I could spend hours drawing these organic shapes :) She asked in the skillshare workshop to pick an illustration with six different textures to experiment with, so I will try this next :)

Selfcare show at Glenrose Hospital

I am creating a series of new paintings for an upcoming exhibition at Glenrose Hospital themed around selfcare, which will be exhibited in August 2015. In the planning stages, sketching out ideas and figuring out ways to collaborate with other selfcare advocates to make the project even more meaningful (more on that later).

When I hear the word selfcare, I think about what I need to do to take care of my well being. I am responsible for taking care of myself and make it a priority so I'll have the confidence, energy and willingness to perform well at work, be a good partner, family member and friend to the people I care about.

For me, selfcare means that I am rested, eating well, getting proper exercise, time for creativity, time for relationships and time to be alone, hopefully creating a balanced and fulfilling life.

Basically, selfcare can mean a million different things to people. What does it mean to you? I'm open to all ideas and feedback on this topic, as I would love to incorporate many different themes into the paintings :)

Biodiversity Illustrations (ABMI)

I finished mega project for ABMI (Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute) in December of 2014. Here are some of my pencil drawings and a few of the finals from the project! I'll show more once they are officially online for the public. 

Working realistically is not usually my playground, so this was a great challenge to take on. We went through many rounds of sketches to makes sure all the species represented in each zone were accurately placed.

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Next Act Exhibition

 I have a series of large original ink drawings available to view/purchase at the Next Act for the next two months! It was really a pleasure to make these... honestly this is exactly how I love to work these days.

Here are a few peeks at the work, they are much nicer to look at in person as they are large (20" x "28). You can see sneak peaks of all the work if you follow me on instagram, @amandaschutzie.

The Vikings Return

New work for Deep Freeze Festival!

As a side note, I love this article on Lisa Congdon's blog about claiming an identity as an artist. I totally agree that the mentality behind 'if I am not starving, I am not a real artist' is bullshit. Work hard, do what you love and  if you can support yourself or your family in a career of making art in a commercial capacity, don't apologize for it! Be happy this is a possibility.

I am very grateful that I get to draw vikings for my job :)

Bold Care Workshop

I'm teaching an afternoon workshop this weekend on how to use the sketchbook and art making as a tool for self-care. Drawing, painting and hand lettering are a huge part of my life and daily routine. I use these things not only in a professional capacity to earn a living, but also I rely on drawing as a way to self-express, share ideas and alleviate stress. It can be meditative and calming to spend even just 15 minutes working in a sketchbook. It can also be an easier way to say something you struggle with communicating verbally or written. I hope to touch on all of these things in the workshop...

I should have posted about this sooner as you can't buy tickets anymore, but I'll try to take a few photos! See you there :)

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