Sunday, December 09, 2012

Out With the Old...

My portfolio suffers a bit from inconsistency of style and lack of story. Bit by bit, I have been going in and reworking some old pieces to bring them up to date. It makes me glad to know that I am not willing to let go of these old ideas (and even color palettes)...for new ones. 

I made the image below sometime in 2007? I was heavy into Flash at that point in my career and you can see that in the line quality and flat colors:

In the new image, I gave these guys a little bit more story. I thought about things like "Why would those birds be staring at that owl?" and "Why would he even care?" Adding a nice warm beverage to a snowy scene makes it look like the birds want a bit of that hot tea in his mug. Alas! There is story now. 

It's a daunting task, redoing my portfolio, but I know it will be worth it to get the kind of freelance work I'd like more of!



  1. Nothing wrong with a spit and a polish!! Love how much softer this new one is (although the older one is cute as well)! Nice, Renée : )

  2. I really like the new snow flurries, their texture and how they almost feel feathery too. The soft lighting is really nice also, and love the addition of the coffee cup. I assume he is getting his bottom toasty from the fire below?

  3. Thank you for the encouragement, Andi! It's definitely weird for me to see them side by side!

    Thanks Kacey! Yes, what a greedy owl creature, eh?!

  4. I loved the old one, but the restyled version is also great! Nice to let us know your 'search' (adding story and so on).

  5. Thank you so much Brigitte! I'm glad to know the "old" still holds up :)

  6. your work is awesome!

  7. Looks like success to me, both are beautiful but the new version really does stand out just that much more now. Well done!