About: Websites for a living, sketchbook and pens at the Bar, with Flash as her medium of choice.
Jill builds websites for a living. In her free time you might catch her at a bar with a sketchbook and pens, or at home with her Wacom and laptop.
"My drawing style evolved from the margin doodles on my art history class notes while attending Southern Oregon University in 2001."
After taking digital art and animation classes, Jill became hooked on the Wacom tablet. Her teacher and advisor, Miles Inada, inspired her to use Flash as her medium of choice.
"I still wouldn’t dream of using any other program. I love the brush tool, smooth vector swaths of color and slightly stylized drawing lines."
Jill just moved to Portland and claims to already feel inspired by all the talented and creative people around here. Let’s see how her inspiration plays out in her contributions to the Power of the Pens’ 2008 calendar.
March 20th is the official first day of spring. When I think of spring I think flowers, birdies, blue sky and music!
From beginning to end I worked in Flash CS3 with a Wacom Intuos3 and the standard pen. All doodling, brainstorming, refinement, layout and coloring were done digitally. I prefer to do all work on a project in one medium, in this case on the computer with a tablet. Plus, I enjoy working with Flash’s drawing tools, more than the tools in any other program (though not necessarily more than pen and paper!). I like the crisp, clean vector shapes, and the way Flash streamlines and stylizes the lines I draw. When I animate, I hand draw each frame (instead of using symbols and tweens) so having great drawing tools is especially important to me.
Over the past few years my drawing style has been greatly influenced by the use of Flash and the Wacom tablet. It’s helped me to loosen up and not worry about “wasting” materials. Though I still love drawing on paper, I never would have developed the style I have now without my Wacom tablet (and a heavy dose of cartoons and comic book art).