Do you guys vaguely remember what you wanted to grow up to be when you were younger? Maybe looking back at it now makes you laugh, or maybe you reflect on how much you've changed since then. No matter how you feel about those distant memories, this bookmark is a nod to those childhood dreams that inspired us to be who we are today!
In actuality, I did this as a request from a teacher, who received a request from my state's Department of Labor for a bookmark to distribute to nearby elementary schools. This was a pretty exciting opportunity for me, even if she gave me a deadline the day after I was told about the assignment. That was just plain stressful. Like, you want six headshots in two days? At least my teacher gave me two whole class periods to work on it, and I did miraculously finish it right on time, so it ended up okay. A few days later my teacher showed the finished result in class, and I got a round of applause from my classmates! So that goes to show all that determination and stress pays off in the end.
Personally, my favorites have to be the veterinarian and the nurse, they were the first ones I drew in and turned out pretty good. Whereas the ones I finished last and rushed, like the fireman and coach, I'm not as happy with. I used a lot of clip art as references, but the characters designs are original! Each of the headshots were lined traditionally, but I used Adobe Illustrator to do a Live Trace and boom, clip-art quality lines in seconds!
One last note: the bookmark was left uncolored by request. Why, because this is a color-able bookmark! So I decided that I wouldn't let the kids get all the fun, so you guys can color it too! You can download it by the button somewhere on the right, and use a program such as Paint Tool Sai or GIMP where you can set the mode to Multiply and a color under it perfectly. Or even print it out and color it, knock yourselves out traditional artists! This bookmark is for you guys to use, my dear watchers, and anybody who had big childhood dreams, or even possibly still have some child-like dreams. That's not a bad thing, you know.
So I hope you guys enjoy it! I might color this myself one day, probably post it in my scraps... Does anybody even watch my scraps? I'm kind of curious to see now.
Bookmark and artwork (c) Me
Done traditionally with pens, edited with Paint Tool Sai and Adobe Illustrator CS2. You can look at it, you can color it, you can print it, but please do not redistribute without my permission!!