Monday, September 22, 2008

The Work Area

Alright, here is a picture of my work area and a little preview of a new piece that I am working on. More in the direction of fashion-like imagery, I basically use the same thought process that I would approach any other painting, collecting tons of reference and inspiring visuals. You see torn pages from magazines everywhere, on the table, on the floor (even though I am quite fastidious), books from the library, and I also collect images from the web. All this is just to try and capture a feel for the painting and make sure I am consistently headed in the right direction. I also have a bundle of illustrators works posted on my wall, just to keep me inspired while I work and to always have new images that I like in front of me. I never hang up my own work, it just....mmmmm I don't know, it seems that you would have more progression learning from others, and artists that think differently rather than seeing your own images.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

My First Book Signing at the Tom Joyner Family Reunion Convention in Orlando, Florida!!

AG Ford (left) Jonah Winter (right)

Hello all! Here are a couple of pictures from the Tom Joyner Family Reunion event in Orlando Florida where I had my first book signing along with the author, Jonah Winter of our new picture book "Barack". This was actually a first look at the book and a sneak opportunity for people to purchase before the release date of September 30th, 2008. We signed a lot of books and viewers were excited to see and read this inspirational story about Barack Obama. I myself am really excited to see the book hit stores and was overwhelmed when receiving a finished copy of the printed book. I had a really nice time talking with people about the process of book making, my experience with deadlines and the intensity of creating all the images for a full picture book.