Wednesday, June 9, 2010

rough sketches

Here are some random rough sketches. I do these for my kids and hang them on their door in the morning before I go to work. I've been posting them on facebook, figured I'd throw a few up here.

These are just some quickies I did with a ball point pen.

My Logo

I've been messing around with the idea of a logo for my artwork. I love tattoos and symbols and that kind of stuff, so I wanted to come up with something simple that had a personal meaning to me.
This is the image I came up with a few months ago and I have been sitting on it for awhile and thinking about it. It's simple (kind of like me I guess), but has some meaning behind it.

I combined a few basic elements. The universal symbol for courage is a circle, with an arrow pointing up inside of it. (you will see this show up in some of my artwork down the road) I didn't connect the circle, but added an arrow to show a continuous circle to represent constant motion in one direction. Lastly I added the number 4.

OK, what the hell does all this mean. Well the symbol for courage is important to me because I want to teach my kids not to be afraid to live life and stand up for what they believe in. Believe it or not I was a shy kid and had a hard time forcing myself outside of my comfort zone.
The outer circle is the fact that I want to teach them to never give up. To keep on moving and keep on chasing their dreams. That is why it is continuous and just keeps going. The number 4 has a few personal meanings too me (some things I have to keep to myself), for now I'll just say that I like the number 4.

Put it all together and it kind of sums up what I believe in. Never give up, have the courage to chase your dreams and live life to the fullest. Always look up, and focus on the positive things. It's the simple little things in life that are really important and keep you moving no matter what life throws at you. I hope I can pass that on to my kids. This logo kind of pulls that all together for me in one simple little image. Let me know what you think.