Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Drawing Class_Schedule

Jennifer Eichelberger’s Drawing Class Schedule
This is an 8 week course. In this class I will be sending home assignments that they
will be required to complete each week. It won’t be tons of work, mostly just one or
sometimes two drawings. I urge parents to encourage their child with this 
class. If the students put in the work they will see their natural talent for drawing
blossom. Consider this class as you would a piano class. If they put in the practice 
they will improve, if not they will stay the same as always.  

Lesson 1 October 6th What will be covering. What is expected of each student. First drawings. 
One point perspective. Homework-drawing of one point perspective room.

Lesson 2 October 13th. One point perspective room.

Lesson 3 October 27th Two point perspective. First construction Drawing. Homework-drawing 
of two point perspective room.

Lesson 4 November 3rd Two point perspective. Construction Drawing. Homework-drawing 
of two point perspective construction drawing.

Lesson 5 November 10th Ellipses. Construction drawings. Homework- Construction drawing
with ellipses.

Lesson 6 November 17th Ellipses. Construction drawings. Homework- Construction drawing
with ellipses.

Lesson 7 December 1st Construction drawings. Homework- Final.  

Lesson 8 December 8th Final is due. We’ll work on fixing the finer points of their final.

In December, probably the 10th I will hold a art show and Christmas party. This will give friends and 
family the opportunity to see the work that the students have done and also mingle with everyone.

This schedule is subject to change. In order to participate in class your child will need to bring their 
payment at the beginning of class $20. If your child has done one hour of service outside of their
family that week, they will receive a $5 discount. But to be eligible for the $5 discount, they will have
to have the person for whom they served call me to report.

Another way to receive a $5/class discount is by paying for the eight week course up front.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Drawing lessons: More of what we will be learning

Besides one point perspective, I'll being teaching two point perspective. Such as the following.
I'll teach them to apply this technique in an outdoor or indoor environment.

Those who would like to sign up their 10-18 year old to take this drawing class, please send me a private message with your email. I will send you detailed information regarding the class rules and expectations. I will also include the materials needed you'll need to bring to class.

Follow this link to learn a bit more about the class.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Drawing Lessons: What will be taught?

This first 8 week course I will be covering the foundational principles of drawing. The very first lesson I'll be teaching you child about one point perspective. I'll teach them how to draw a landscape similar to this.
 They will learn how to make regular intervals going back in space. Then after the have completed this task, I will teach them how to draw a room such as the one of the bellow drawings.
If your 10-18 year old is ready to take their drawing skills to the next level, sign them up today. Lessons start on October 6th!

I'm looking forward to shaping your child's talents and watch them grow with their art skills!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Drawing Lessons

I have thought about giving art lessons for some time. I've had all kinds of excuses why not to do it, like my own projects, being a mom, and nervous that I won't be a good teacher. But I do have knowledge that others may find useful. Perhaps it's time to impart some of what I know to others.

I will be teaching basic drawing techniques. This is not an art class that explores personal creativity. This is for those who want to improve upon their drawing skills.

Students must have an appetite to learn and are willing to listen. I will require the students to bring their own art supplies. For this course kids will only need pencils and paper. I will be specifying exactly the kind they should get.

There is space for six students. They must be between the ages of 10-18. The class will be held Thursday afternoon from 4:00-6:00. The cost is $20/class.

The course will be 8 weeks. I will offer two options for a discount. Either a student can spend an hour performing service for someone outside their family (there will be accountability.) Or you can pay for the full eight weeks up front. The discount is $5 off per class. The one hour of service will have to be performed every week you'd like the discount.

I'm excited to help young minds learn to draw more effectively. I can also help students who are working on their Reflections Projects. But the focus of each class will be to learn the foundation of drawing.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Text and paper design

Follow the link bellow to view examples of text design.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I Love God

I have been meaning to make this blog post for quite some time, but I've not been sure what to write about. I know the gist of it. How I feel God's love on a daily basis, but I kept trying to figure out how to tie it in with my art.

I've put it off long enough that I'm not going to bother trying to make an art connection.  I'm going to go ahead and write the blog post.

My greatest fault is that of inaction. I've felt a pull from the Divine that I need to do this (write my feelings about God so as to be a light.) I need to do more to share my testimony. But I have hidden that light under a bushel. And that's not doing anyone any good including me. I admit I have hesitated to testify on my blog, but I'm casting my fear aside and I'm diving head in.

I haven't always been in a position where I could feel God's love every day. And it wasn't because I was rebellious. I fulfilled every church calling I had. I prayed daily. I wasn't completely devoid of the spirit of God either. I know that even during my times of trail and doubt I would receive small blessings from Him and I'd feel His love.

There was a time in my life when I was a new mother that I had a pretty major crisis of faith which I will make a specific blog post about later. But through trusting in God and trusting that the things He had already shown me were good, I came through that trial with greater faith and greater humility.

You know, testifying can be a death sentence to a career. I'm sure many people are turned off by just mentioning God. But I've decided that there are things far greater and far more important than my aspirations. And I am willing to do what God wants me to do. So, if this can spark faith in just one person, even if that means I don't do another commissioned illustration in my life (that's exaggerating. I don't think that will happen) but if it does, I am at peace with it. And I will glory in my God. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SCBWI Summer Social

Hey, Y'all!
Its that time of year again! Time for good food and socializing. This year our summer social will be held at the Discovery Park west Pavilion in Pleasant Grove.

Come this July 15th at 6:00 PM for some excellent food and even better conversation!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Kimberly Meade Anderson

Back during my college days I shared a studio space with four amazing women one of whom was Kim Meade.

She has created her own art school and is teaching youngsters how to draw and paint. She also has a blog where she interviews various artists about their life and career.

I feel honored that she asked me to participate on her blog. Go here to check out the interview.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

SCBWI Conference with Will Terry

I wanted to get this post out last week. Unfortunately, my youngest was sick with the flu. He was miserable for several days, so this post got put on the back burner. But today is a new day! And he is doing very well. And I can finally do this post.
I've always felt inspired by Will Terry. He's dedicated to his craft. He rose from the bottom of his college classes to become one of today's top children's illustrators. And probably the thing that I love best about him is the way he has adapted to new technologies and social media.

He's not the kind of person that sits around and waits for good things to happen to him. He goes out and makes things happen for him.

I was surprised by Will Terry's lesson at Saturday's Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI Conference. He taught about design and composition.

Often times when I go to a conference and the speaker starts talking technique, my eyes glaze over, my mind wonders. I tune out. Not because I think I know better. I don't. But because I've heard it dozens perhaps hundreds of times before. Also, I am at a level in my art where I've moved on from a basic understanding of drawing and composition.

But Will's lesson was different for me. He showed us various illustrations, from amateurs to professionals. He showed the difference in the way a professional place objects and compose their pictures compared to an amateur. I noticed that I often times compose my illustrations in a very basic way.

I took one of my latest illustrations and tweaked the composition. Here is the result.
This is what I had before the Conference. Even then I knew I had to make some changes. So, before even listening to Will's talk this is what I did to the image. I wanted this one in my portfolio so, I made some adjustments.

 You can see that I added buildings to the background. I made the robot suit more interesting, and I changed the color to my foreground character.

In Will's presentation he talked about size and the difference between what someone with a lot of experience does with big/medium/large objects in a picture frame. As I listened I realized that this picture that I had just finished for my portfolio was not good enough. I needed to make my foreground character much bigger. I also realized that there needed to be more things in the middle ground.

He also talked about contrast. Again I realized that my foreground character just kind of faded into the buildings. When I stood back from this illustration and squinted my eyes, he just kind of disappeared. 

So, here are the changes I've made thanks to Will. (Thanks a lot Will.)


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

SCBWI Conference with Giuseppe Castellano

I'm going to be perfectly frank with all of you reading this blog post. Last weekend at the Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI Conference, I got more out of it than probably any conference I've been to.

I love Conferences. I love going to them, and I love planning them. I always learn something whatever conference I go to.

But the things that were taught by Giuseppe Castellano, Will Terry, and Jake Parker exceeded my expectations. I'm going to make a blog post about each one of them and highlight the item or items that stood out most to me. I'll also explain why it had an impact on me.

First off can I just say that Giuseppe is a real down to earth kind of guy? (Thank you for coming to our conference and sharing your insight and wisdom with us.) He's also very straightforward with his critiques, not apologizing for anything he says, but that is what we as artists, what I as an artist need.

Giuseppe talked about getting yourself organized (having an easily navigable website), using social media to have an online presences, and sending out postcards. But then he said that none of that really matters (seems contradictory, right?) More important than any of that stuff is your art work. If your art work isn't good none of that other stuff matters.

There was one thing he said that made my heart rejoice. He talked about going ahead and doing different styles. (Though he hates the term 'styles').

I, along with most people whoever went to art school, heard over and over again that you need pick a style and be consistent with it. And if you did decide to use more than one style, you would need a portfolio for each style and a separate website for each. I also heard that it would be best to have a pseudonym for each style.

All throughout school and into my professional career I have felt that my inclination to try out different styles was a weakness. But it has also been immensely satisfying to try different styles. I figured that eventually I'd settle into one style or another and that I would eventually be content with that. (So far I haven't done either of those things.)

So bellow I'm going to share some of the various styles I've tried. They are kind of all over the place.

So, looking at these, I can understand why art directors and teachers suggested sticking to one style. No one would think they were from the same artist.

Some of these styles I haven't tried in years. And I'm fine with that. I didn't post on here all the kinds I've tried out either. There are some styles that I still want to try out. I think I get the satisfaction just from experimenting.

As I experiment I learn which processes I enjoy the most. I have found myself gravitating toward certain styles. The thing that I have found for me is that I love lines. It is likely that most of the stuff you see from me from here on out will have a lot of lines.

Then again I just might try something new.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Its fun to draw crowds

Here is my first crowd picture. I've got more I'll be posting soon. This was a barrel of monkeys. The initial drawing only took me an hour or so. Then I scanned it into Photoshop and started adding values and a few more heads. The latter part took me a week to do. (Only cause I'd piddle with it here and there.) I finally decided that I needed to just post it.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

If you're dissapointed with this post, it's because you didn't read it with an English accent.

(Think John Cleese.)

Image by Sherry Meidell

Each year as the Utah/Sourthern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator’s conference committee, we apply ourselves to find just the right presenters. Though at times it can be grueling, disheartening, and down right messy, we do not waver in our endeavor to find the best of the best (budget restrictions withstanding).

I can barely contain the excitement for this year’s selection. Like a fine wine, steak or aged cheese, all three guest speakers have reached a standard that most would envy.

We hit the proverbial jack pot!

This year's featured wine (the other two are Mormons so they get to be cheese and meat) is Giuseppe Castellano, Senior Art Director at Penguin Random House and founder of The Illustration Department. Mr. Castellano has an impressive following on Twitter. He prides himself on the number of illustrators he discovers through social media. According to him, the best part about conferences is the time before and after when he gets the chance to chat it up with artists. He will be at the Illustrators' Show at the Bountiful Davis Art Center on February 26th. Don't miss this chance to shake his hand and rub his shoulder.

The steak for this conference is the kind that has the right amount of marbling running through the cut to make it melt in your mouth at first bite. It is none other than the very talented, very busy Will Terry. Mr. Terry has been working as an illustrator for more than 20 years. (Now before for you shrug him off and say, well how is he suppose to relate to a beginner like me? Listen up.) Within the last few years Will Terry has made an online presence for himself by making Youtube videos and art classes. He will be the first to tell you that he didn't have a fan base before he started his social media campaign. He has the kind of knowledge and experience to get you heading in the right direction for your art career. 

Just you wait to try the cheese! Most cheeses are aged for a period of time. The moisture evaporates which lends to a more intense flavor and denser body. Bacteria slowly digest proteins that converts the texture of a cheese from grainy and crumbly to smooth and creamy. Jake Parker may not be as old as some cheeses, but his experiences make him a very fine cheese indeed. He has had three very successful Kickstarter campaigns. And like Will Terry, Mr. Parker teaches online classes. What a texture!

There, you have had just a sampling of this year's featured speakers. Don't miss the feast. I suggest putting aside your excuses and sign up for the conference right now. The early bird deadline is in two days on the 23rd of January. Find detailed information here. Or sign up here.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Chinese Dragon

There's a great little online school that teaches art called SVS Learn. It is run by the amazingly talented illustrators Will Terry and Jake Parker. Each month they hold a competition. They give a prompt and people can come up with an illustration that goes along with it. This month's prompt was,
"Stanley ran outside as fast as he could to see what made that horrendous noise."

Here is what I came up with.
"Stanley ran outside as fast as he could to see what made that horrendous noise." 

I'm pleased with what I came up with, but this wasn't my first choice. I worked on two other illustrations before coming up with this idea. The first one I did was of a mad scientist running out of his haunted house.

 The other was of a man in night clothes running outside with a lamp.
Those these other two are not close to being finished, I think it is pretty obvious why I went with the one I did. But I thought you might like to look into my thought process behind the art.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Little Red Riding Hood

Each year SCBWI has an illustration contest called the Tomie dePaola award. Mr. Tomie chooses a topic then each illustrator comes up with an original piece of art. I found out about this years award a little late, but decided to give it a shot anyway.

The topic was 'Little Red Riding Hood.' Our assignment was to wow him. That's a pretty tough thing to do since Red Riding Hood has been done over and over again. Before you get too excited, no, I didn't win. (At least I don't think so. I guess we'll find out later.)

Anyway, I just want to show you what I came up with. It was a fun project to work on.

"She didn’t know what a wicked animal he was, so she wasn’t afraid of him."  

Friday, January 1, 2016

It's a New Year

I hadn't planned on posting today. Funny how things change.

I, like many people, have some new goals for this year. I hate posting about my goals because then I feel all the worse when I fall through with them. On the other hand, I'll feel more responsible for seeing them through.

I've been thinking about the things I'd like to change about myself and how to push forward for the last several weeks. And I've actually been working on some of my goals even before the New Year. I've been working on a story for many years. I tend to work on it in bursts. I'll do very well writing every week. I'll do this for a month or more at a time. But then something inevitably interrupts it, a new baby, freelance work, vacation.

On my list of things to improve upon I have written down; draw more, post on my blog, eat healthier (I've already been working on this one, too), increase my exercise, create a more organized house. At the very bottom of my list I wrote increase my spirituality.

The fact that I put that at the bottom of my list I think indicates just how much I need to do that. Every day I find some excuse to not read my scriptures or forget about kneeling to say my prayers.

So, I'm going to do an experiment. I'm going to rearrange the order of my list. I'm going to put God first.

I want to see what God can make of me if I decide to put Him first. If in the morning I get up early and kneel at my bedside and then open my scriptures to read what will I accomplish in each day.

So here I go.

Day one of 2016

I read a little bit of scriptures this morning.
I ate healthier, smaller portions all day.
I helped my daughter straighten her room.
I did a quick painting.
And I'm making this blog post.
Not bad.
A quick painting of a black bird