I’ve been very busy this past week. A friend of mind Brad (no relation), twists my arm every once in a while to get involved in shows or contests… nine times out of ten I bail. This time I thought it could be an opportunity to see what I could do with my sketches I’ve been making of cartoon characters. I approached it much like I was doing back in 2006 with my Music Royalty series.
Charlie Brown, Milhouse & SpongeBob SquarePants
I started on some Masters of the Universe sketches: Man at Arms
I also got going on roughing out the fox for my forest painting.
I realized I didn’t share my last sketches of 2014:
Harvey Dent aka Two Face
The main Characters of Regular Show – Pops, Rigby, Mordecai, High Five Ghost, Muscle Man, Benson, and Skips
Last week I finally cleaned up my sidebar and background. My sidebar was taking up too much vertical space, and it was missing a link to my commercial portfolio. Even though I will miss my Leitch Selected Portfolio image I’m very happy with the new buttons. I shrank my gravatar and moved my info up beside it, as well as shrank my links to my other pages and added a title. All of this allowed me to add a widget that pulls data to show my most popular posts.
That’s it for now, Later.
I just gotta say, thanks so much for all the support with my forest paintings. Almost everyone that bought the pieces sent me photos of them hung in their living room, dining room, office, etc. Means a lot.
I’ve been designing up a storm these last few months which has put my fine art and sketching on the backburner. I’m falling into a nice rhythm so I should be getting back to it soon. I’ve been doing lots of logo work, banners, social media badges and icons, and food photography.
Here’s just some of the stuff I’ve been doing for Wildly Fit. I guess it’s my duty to tell you to check out some of the health and fitness services Morgan offers (the free Start Wild group is happening next week).
Site Badges/Instagram Advertising
Food Photos with Type
I started teaching in January. Typography 1 in the Graphic Design program at Toronto Film School. So far, I’m having a blast. It’s pretty cool to make these assignments and then the students come back with great work that exceeds expectations. They’re certainly pushing and inspiring me.Later
I’d like the thank everyone for their support with the forest painting. By Saturday morning I had sold them all. If you’re interested in grabbing one of these let me know ASAP. I’m not sure how many more I’m going to be able to make because the stencil will only last for a handful of sprays. I can make a limited number more. Once again if you’re interested in purchasing one, please email me at email@example.com subject line “forest painting”. And in the email let me know if you want the grey or the natural background.
On another note…one of the many projects I’ve been working on the last few weeks, has been modifying my booth for friend and former roommate Claire Manning.
It started with sanding, painting, and adding new knobs to an old dresser.
She had an old Umbra door clothing rack that I repainted, and made notches in the wall, so it would fit and prevent it from sliding from side to side. Finally I made simple shelves using cheap metal brackets.
Booth turned out great. Claire, another friend Michelle, and I got up at 3:30am this morning to set it all up.
If you’re hitting up the One Of A Kind Show in Toronto, be sure to stop by her booth. She’s at BOOTH P33. She’s selling tea towels, aprons, napkins and pillows.
I’m in the homestretch now with my forest stencil. I finally finished the first stencil which was for the shadows.
I’m onto the second one now which will make up the highlights. It’s been going super fast in comparison…. there is just simply less detail to cut.
I’m super pumped to be painting this within the next couple of weeks. In the first post about this painting I mentioned it’s been a long time coming (about 5-6 years). It’ll be great to move on to other projects I’ve had on the back-burner. I’ve decided instead of making one painting from these, I will make a few of them. Stay tuned! Next post should be the fruits of my labour.
It’s been a few weeks since my last post. I went away to my cottage at the end of July and since I’ve been back I have powered out a new site to showcase my graphic design, photo retouching, and illustrative work.
I used behance. It’s pretty good, and it’s free. It was a bit of a learning curve to figure out dimensions of files and other formatting issues, but after two solid weeks it’s complete. This new site wont replace bradleitch.com, it will allow me to use that site simply for my fine art. Please check it out and let me know what you think.
Up until September, I spent the last year not working on any of my own art. For Some reason, at the end of September i started again. I’ve been on kind of a tear, painting and drawing. I was on threadless last week and thought I’d try a couple of the competitions. First was to create a design based on a band that does not exist. Here’s what I made.
Once upon a time Rock Band hit the scene…all the kids were doing it. My buddy Jobin had just bought it and had some friends over. We needed a name. A name that said we will sing just as garbage as everyone else. I looked to his fireplace mantel where he had Predator figurines (dolls if you will). We became Predator Mantel for one night only.
The second design was for the World Wildlife Fund. Here it is.
The idea was that we are in this together. With the overnight success of Ikea monkey, I decided to add him. Thought it was a nice shout out to Toronto.
If you’re down with these designs and would like to see them on some shirts, please click the images above to vote. You will more than likely have to sign up to the site but I’m pretty sure there is an option to not get notified by them. I’ve been signed up for a bit and they don’t seem to hastle me.
Ok so even if you hate these…sign up and vote for me by clicking the images above. My bank account will thank you if i win. Not by me giving you any money (heavens no) but you will sleep easy knowing I got paid.
and Happy Holidays