Dick Hannah Dealerships and the Big Book of Nice

At the beginning of the year, I was asked to collaborate with Dick Hannah Dealerships on a commercial spot they were producing.  I was overjoyed to take part, especially considering local hero, Damian Lillard (of The Portland Trailblazers) was cast as the star of the whole bit.

I was tasked to illustrate several items for the commercial spot, one of them being the cover of the Big Book of Nice that Damian is reading to his young friend.  I think this is one of my favorites.

Although they didn’t use all of the illustrations I created for the commercial, I still think it came out great!  Since these probably won’t see the light of day, I thought I’d show you a few others I came up with that didn’t quite make the cut.

"Starting with a smile is always nice."

"It's nice to lend a hand"

"Sharing is nice."

That about sums it up.  It was great fun taking part in this project, and a wonderful learning experience as well.  Here's to more amazing projects to come this year.  Thanks so much, Dick Hannah and Damian Lillard!

All Stories

There’s much to be said about keeping things in life upbeat and lighthearted.  Most of my work is centered around the whimsical, joyful and adventurous moments in life.  I like to keep it that way most of the time.  But occasionally, when the mood strikes me, I feel propelled to make a more emotionally driven piece.  Inevitably, when I take the opportunity to create pieces straight from the heart, they end up being some of my favorite ones. 

I won’t go into detail about the emotions lying behind the piece I painted last week, that’s up to your own interpretation.  I wouldn’t want to influence your personal translation with hints or clues.  That’s what I love so much about art, that it can mean so many different things to each individual, based on your own life experiences.  

The title of this piece is “All Stories Must Come to an End.”  I hope it stirs something in you.  Please let me know if it does. 

 

Brooke Weeber 2016


Blog Post One!

Hello dear friends!

 

Welcome to my first blog post on my new website.  Thanks for coming!  I intend to use this blog as a place to share random thoughts, updates on my artwork, recount weekend adventures and maybe tell a joke or two (I'll try to keep that to a minimum).  I’m no virgin to blogging.  I abandoned an older blog years ago when it started to feel like too much of a chore.  Spending hours forming thoughtful posts each week was incredibly time consuming and I didn’t feel the benefits outweighed the disadvantages.  Ultimately, though, I regret having given up on something that I did really loved doing.  Above all, I've really missed writing.  I truly hope that I can keep up on this one.  I certainly can promise to try!  And on that note, let’s begin with blog post number one:

 

Never say it’s too late to teach an old dog new tricks (me being the old dog in this scenario).  I’ve come a long way since art school.   I went to the University of Oregon for oil painting with the intention of becoming a fine artist.  I didn’t take a single course in digital art or multi-media.  I was dedicated to the hands-on approach when it came to art making.  I stuck with that intention for another 13 years (holy cow, I can’t believe I graduated that long ago!).  Until recently, I sort of scoffed at digital art, sticking my snobby nose up at almost anything created using a computer program.  Not that I don’t think it lacks skill or talent, but more of a soul that was always missing for me. There's something that I will always find irreplaceable about making art by hand.  It's a certain human connection that's recognizable and often lost when you create a piece solely using computer graphics.  I guess I can be stubborn and a little old school sometimes.  Well some things are (finally) about to change.  I’ve been teaching myself how to color my drawings digitally in photoshop.  I’ve found a technique that I am quite drawn to.  Starting with a shaded pencil drawing I make by hand and scanning it in to the computer, I then continue to complete the work by coloring it digitally.  I’ve been enjoying it so much, in fact, that I’ve bought a Wacom tablet and am impatiently awaiting it’s arrival in my mailbox.  I can't wait to free myself from the mouse and  truly unlock my digital drawing potential! 

Below you can see my most recent attempt at this brand new (to me) art form.  

Starting with this pencil drawing of a cool Red Panda Ranger...

Boom, he comes to life! 

I hope this is the beginning of a very beautiful friendship.  I promise not to abandon the hands-on approach to art.  Watercolors will continue to remain my favorite method of expressing myself.  But as I finally step into the 21st century digital world, I hope to attract a more diverse set of clients, therefore continuing to do what I love as my full time job.  Onwards and upwards, as they say!