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When you’re in school for art, or in my case, Illustration, you are drawing, painting, photographing, sculpting, etc every. single. day. It’s awesome when you look at what other people have to do every day… but it’s creatively exhausting at the same time. Luckily, you get really good at all of those creative outlets because you’re having to work on them every week.

Once I got out of school I worked for an advertising agency (yay for getting a job so quickly)! BUT, because I was designing everyday, I was no longer being creative and drawing, painting, photographing, etc, and I literally forgot how to draw. A while ago (3ish years), I took a drawing course at night at Emory so that I could introduce myself to drawing again. I had felt so lost not drawing everyday and actually loosing the ability to draw terrified me. I identify myself as an artist and I felt like I couldn’t even begin a drawing. It was not what I wanted with my life.

Eventually I wound up getting a job at a napkin company out of desperation as a secretary… 2 weeks into that job I was doing design work again and not really being a secretary any longer. Approximately one to three months later, I was promoted to Art Director because I was solely doing design work again. At some point the company decided to design “everyday” napkins and I had come up with cool designs that I liked but then I had to draw them! Yikes! BUT, I started drawing again… and it got easier and easier… and I did less and less erasing and starting over. I really LOVED drawing again and I was getting good at it all over again!

The end of that story is when I noticed my personally designed napkins were some of the best selling products in the entire company, the company somehow decided they didn’t need me and let me go (HAH!) and I decided to take a leap and push myself into licensing. That was a little over 2.5 years ago!

Now that I’m in licensing, I draw EVERY day!!! I absolutely love it. But I rarely get a chance to do some of that other stuff like photography, sculpture and **gasp** painting. Of course… I’ve kind of lost my touch on those too… but not as horribly as I had before. So when the opportunity was presented to do a commissioned painting, I hesitantly accepted. It was for one of my best friend’s and she was going to give it to her husband for his birthday… Pressure from the get-go to make it look great. She wanted to give him a painting of something he cherished possibly more than her his Gibson guitar, but she didn’t just want a picture of a guitar because they had a couple of those already. She wanted something unique and different.

I’ve NEVER painted a guitar… or even attempted to draw one… how in the world do you make a guitar different and unique? After doing some looking around I figured out what I wanted to do… and I warned my friend that this would be a learning experience for me since I hadn’t painted in 4-5 years a while. So we snuck some pictures of his guitar, obviously I needed reference, and I composed the image I wanted to paint.

Then I decided to go big, I bought the 30×40 canvas and started out by painting it black. Have you ever attempted to do a drawing on a completely white sheet of paper? It’s nearly impossible. Where do you start??? A trick, shade the paper with your pencil or, in my case, paint the canvas black. It’s MUCH easier to find a place to start. Trust me, it works. Anyhow, I began by putting grid lines on the canvas and the printed picture of the guitar which helped me estimate exactly where everything went on the canvas.

And off I went… slowly starting to paint here and there until shapes started to form… I’m not ashamed to say, I started over one or two times in certain areas. I’ve included some in progress shots of the painting that I sent to my friend so she knew what was happening.

It was right after this photo, that I was on the verge of giving up because I was struggling on the “Gibson” letters and I’d hit a wall on how to do this… and luckily I painted over them, and started over.

And here’s the final image…. It’s safe to say he loved the painting even though I was terrified nervous because it was my first painting in years. After this I was creatively exhausted… it may be a while til’ I do another painting, but I’m glad I did it. I impressed myself!

Happy Birthday man! I hope you enjoy this forever and ever!!!


Thought I’d show you part of an assignment I’m currently working on. Had some interest in my Feathered Peacock collection and the client wanted a peacock illustration to accompany the collection. So I drew one up and now it’s time to color it and send it on over! I love this work :)

Ok, I know it’s taken me all week to get this finished since I’ve been so busy but it’s FINALLY done! Congratulations Jennifer! Have fun at your Marine Ball and enjoy this illustration… The digital camo took forever! :) And thank you so much for submitting!

Til’ next time! Happy Halloween everyone and enjoy your weekend!

I’ve been so busy this great event has fallen by the wayside! BUT I have lots of new followers on Facebook, Twitter AND on my blog so it’s about time I pull this baby out again.

You know the drill, you have until Sunday night to tell me about any event going on in your life. ANYTHING!!! Your child starting Pre-K? Your kid turning 4 and you’re going to Disney? Going surfing in Hawaii? Those are just a few of the ones already submitted that WON! It’s so easy, just comment on my Facebook, on this blog, or Twitter me @lezleelliott.

Next week I’ll announce the winner by revealing the winning illustration! AND you get a free print of what I wind up drawing, isn’t that exciting!!! So please please please let me in on your fun events so I get some drawing practice :D

Have a great weekend, and be sure to let me know what you’re doing!

Ok, this should’ve gone up Monday but I’ve been busy! BUT I did NOT forget :)

Winner this week is Fallon Davis, the whole family is going down to Disney for her daughter Phoebe’s 4th birthday! It sounds so exciting, wish I could go to ;) Anyway… there’s a side note to this one, I. don’t. draw. faces. EVER. But I decided to push myself out there… so hopefully Fallon will recognize her daughter lol

Enjoy the rest of your week! And I can’t wait til the next Illustrate Your Event!

I KNOW!! It’s been too long… you can say it… Lezlee you are not doing a good job of keeping up with your social networks!!! I’m SORRY!!!!!!

Vacation is over and I’m back in action… and now since I’ve been so slack, I feel like it’s a great time to do the Illustrate Your Event. Especially since it was just Labor Day. I know there’s gotta be lots of great events and trips that you went on, so please share them with me!

You know the drill, you have until Sunday night to comment on my Facebook, on this blog, or twitter your event with @lezleelliott. Next week I’ll announce the winner by revealing the winning illustration! AND you get a free print of what I wind up drawing, isn’t that exciting!!! So please please please let me in on your fun events so I get some drawing practice :D

Phew! I’ve been working so hard to get the ball rolling and I’m hoping it’s starting to go. I have been so slammed with meetings, phone calls, emails and so on and I’m getting to the point where things are starting to get finalized, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Yesterday I met with a potential agent!!!!! :) I’m definitely excited to see what happens if I work with an agent… but man it’s a LOT of work ahead if I do this. Then again, I’m excited which means the ideas will flow, and lots will get done quickly since I’d be traveling on the upside of the project curve. I won’t lie… I’m intimidated, but boy it looks fun.

IF this winds up working out, this could be the start of the most fun career I thought I’d never have…

Alright this week was HARD! There were quite a few interesting choices and it was actually pretty difficult to choose. But here’s our winner!

Congrats Leanne!! I hope you have tons of fun surfing in Hawaii… I’m totally jealous! This design might have to get used somewhere cause I LOVE it! :)

If you didn’t get chosen PLEASE keep submitting, it isn’t because they aren’t interesting, I only get to choose one to illustrate!!! So two weeks from now be sure to submit!

Alright everybody, I know this is a little late today but it’s on AGAIN!!!

Throughout the weekend tell me what’s happening in your life, ie: your inlaws coming over for a bbq, or you’re turning 27, or you’re preggo with your 3rd kid, or you broke your foot, or you bought a new purse and absolutely love it. WHATEVER! I want to constantly challenge myself to create illustrations and designs that apply to real-life needs.

I’ll choose one event and create a quick illustration for it. I’m just curious if I can do something like this, and the best way to find out if I can handle getting a project for “sorry about your broken bones” is to TRY IT! You just never know!

So leave me a comment through the weekend, here on this blog, on Facebook or on Twitter, on the things happening in your life, and I’ll let you know which event I chose by revealing the winning illustration on Monday. ALSO, if you’re the winner you get a copy of the illustration for your very own!

So submit submit submit!

Here’s our winner for the 7-26-10 “Illustrate Your Event”, Maddie! She’s starting Pre-K soon and was over-the-moon about getting her print of her custom illustration.

Congratulations to Maddie! And we’ll do it again this Friday, so gear up for submitting you’re events so you could win too! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got going on.