Friday, February 29, 2008

Do you believe in Magic?

Today I'm working on a print for Christmas. Its part of the current project Ive been commissioned to do. I do freelance design work for a company in Greenville, SC. They send me a lead piece they plan to purchase from one of those very expensive design houses in New York City, and I have to come up with 4 patterns that will compliment that lead pattern. I'm very happy to get the work, although I know I could also create that lead pattern. Im sure they pay a lot of money for it. I get paid well for my part too.

I did one project for them last month also a Christmas patterns. I came up with 4 really cool looking designs. You can see them here in my Christmas Collection. Just click the Holiday button. Ive started to work again on a project that has been on the back burner for over a year. Together with someone I met while working a job, I got involved in being the part owner of a children's book project. She had this story all in her mind but had no idea how to get it on paper or how to do the illustrations.., so she asked me to help. At first I was not interested...but when she told me the story I was hooked. So she had one connection and they turned us down. So now Im going to try again, but first I have to get the artwork finished. Its really a fantastically fun project especially for me. Here is the one I would love to see on the cover...The name of the book is Once Upon A Time There Were Unicorns, written by Darlene Martuak and Sondra Hickman. I will be doing all the illustrations and submitting it to various publishers. Right now I'm working on finishing up the artwork. The whole venue is something I love so its not like work its like PLAY... I have to do about 10 pieces. I have 4-5 done...they are so cute and fun.

"When he saw his image in the water he knew what it was they wanted. . . he saw what they saw.. . . now he understood, his beauty may cost him his life, once upon a time there were Unicorns."





Note: all artwork is the property of S.Hickman Designs all rights reserved 2008. Although I would love to give my art away, there is the wee problem of food and shelter. So please dont copy, save or duplicate my art. Thank you. If you wish to purchase, or license my art contact me at swh@shickmandesigns.com

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Proud Warriors

This piece is called Proud Warriors its part of my collection Desert Legends
it is made of 3 seperate pieces of art, the first is Tribal Rust, then there is Run Free, and lastly its War Paint


Today I browsed the art of Tatiana Cardeal and I'm still in amazement. She is most talented and If I could chose to be "like someone" it would be her. She has passion and she shares it via her photographs and her words. Her cause is social acceptance of the indigenous people of world and fair and equal rights for all. Her voice is for the ones who have none, and her message is the right one. I too am passionate about life, about injustice, whats happening to our planet. If I could change my life I would...that's so hollow because if YOU cant change yourself then who can? I feel chained in place most of the time, and I feel that my Life Clock is ticking away and yet I have left no mark of my being here.

I want to leave my mark... Maybe my art is a way. Ive always loved the American Southwest and the permanent images that have been imprinted on my mind from my travels to that part of the world. If I could be transported through space, I'd wish to go there each day and enjoy the dry heat while watching a herd of wild mustangs play over the plains. Yet here I sit at a keyboard trying to make a living with the vivid images that come from that inner place where my spirit lives. With these images I find a sense of peace and comfort. If you happen up on this blog it will be by pure chance and I hope you too will see what my art is saying... Freedom is the most important right we have and we should all embrace it, and shout if out from the tops of the highest mountains, lands, or courts. Freedom is our right of passage on this earth.




Note: all artwork is the property of S.Hickman Designs all rights reserved 2008. Although I would love to give my art away, there is the wee problem of food and shelter. So please dont copy, save or duplicate my art. Thank you. If you wish to purchase my art contact me at
swh@shickmandesigns.com

Have a day of peace and freedom.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Hello,


Welcome to my blog, I hope you will enjoy what you read and see here. I love to write and make art, along with lots of other things. Sometimes my minute to minute life will creep into these lines. You will see me write about the environment, animals, the great outdoors, travel, adventure, politics, religion, and just about anything. I'm trying to bring more culture into my life by being a more quiet observer. If you happen up on this blog, you are free to browse and leave a comment. Please dont copy, duplicate, or take art without permission. If you wish to use my art in any way please contact me, at dusteerhod@gmail.com
Thanks for being kind.