I'm illustrating a children's book. It's my first time, my clients are expecting a lot, and I'm, well, not much. Any advice for a 15-year old start up?
Stand up for yourself. Communicate about the amount of work you’re willing or able to take on, and don’t be afraid to negotiate your rate if you think the client is paying too little.
From what I’ve seen of your stuff, you’ll do just fine. Also, you’re only 15, and this is hopefully one of the first projects in what will be a looooong career, so don’t stress out too much!
I just wanted to say I love your art! I almost bought your "Hunter" piece a while back when it was in a gallery show here in SF, I've been kicking myself ever since.
Thank you so much!
Bummer about missing out on the purchase. I was thinking of doing a companion piece to it at some point. It was so much fun playing with movement and overlapping shapes!
I do have some prints available here in case you’re interested: http://www.inprnt.com/gallery/laurabifano/
This september I’m going to be collaborating with some fine folks on a short film to benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Do be sure to check out the kickstarter below!
Animation for Habitat for Humanity! I’m stoked to be participating in a collaboration to create and animated short to promote Habitat for Humanity and all they do for humans and habitats. Check out the Kickstarter!
Was digging through my old work folder and came across these roughs from last summer. They were originally going to be shown at a theme-park gallery run by a company that rhymes with “Bisney”. Needless to say, there was some weirdness with contract stuff and the project fell through. Thought it would be fun to share these anyhow!
An illustration for the Washington Post about the Smithsonian Folklife Festival! Each year they feature two countries, and this year it was Kenya and China!
The AD wanted the illustration to capture the spirit of the festival and highlight the crafts, food, and music of both countries. I played around with a few different variations, but In the end we decided that the thumbnail image showing the two characters was the best solution. We ended up changing the Kenyan lady’s clothing to traditional Maasaii dress for the final, which I had a blast researching. It was a fun challenge to render the explosion of cultural elements in the background without pulling too much focus away from the characters.
I usually work in gouache, but with such a tight deadline, I had to step a little bit out of my comfort-zone and do this image 100% digitally. I’m really happy with the results! Might consider switching it up more in the future.
A big thanks to Allison Ghaman!
Hey guys! I’ll be at VANCAF this weekend selling prints, postcards and sketchbook zines! Admission is free, and there’s a buttload of incredible talent coming by to showcase their stuff. Come by and visit if you’re in the Vancouver area!
Hey guys! Thought It would be neat to do a process post on my ‘Vasilisa Encounters the White Horseman’ piece, since I documented the painting process in more detail than normal. Please forgive the crappy photobooth image quality.
All in all, it took about a month to complete from thumbnail phase to final. It was a lot of trial and error, and I learned a lot in painting this image.
In case you’re interested, prints of the image are available here: http://www.inprnt.com/gallery/laurabifano/
"The Baba Yaga."
Gouache on Arches 300 weight Cold-press Watercolor paper.
The 3rd piece in my series of paintings based off of the Russian Folktale “Vasilisa the Brave.”
I’ve made this available as a print over at my Inprnt Store, along with a few others.
A little while ago, an incredibly talented Australian guitar-maker named Sy created some of the most freaking cool fan-art I’ve ever seen. This 8-inch tall little lady was created using off-cuts from bass guitars. Some of the wood used was African Padauk, Ebony, and Canadian Maple. I’m doing some art for him in exchange for a sassy little Honey Badger figurine! Can’t wait!
"The Hut on Chicken Legs."
Gouache on Arches 300 lb Hot Press Watercolor Paper.
12 x 16 inches.
The second piece in my “Baba Yaga” series. The original painting is available for sale through Hot Art Wet City: https://squareup.com/market/hot-art-wet-city
I’ll be making prints available through my INPRNT store in the next little while, so keep your eyes peeled for an announcement.