Sketch of Rapunzel from Tangled.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Friday, September 4, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
My return to a more realistic style. Painting the first wash in this style is a lot of fun because I can be creative and loose with the coloring. It's exciting to see how they turn out.
The second wash is more structured as I start defining the features. I also restrict my palette, using mostly browns and pinks from here onward.
I debated between finishing with a brown watercolor outline or a dark ink outline. I went with the ink.
In retrospect, I should have used the brown watercolor; the ink is too harsh.
Oh well, the artist's path is paved with failed experiments. So I'm going to try this one again soon, and see if I can improve it. :)
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Another character design piece. This month's challenge was to create a character in a circus troupe, so I went with a fortune teller in the sideshow.
Here's my first attempt. I liked the background and the crystal ball but the Seer himself was too stiff, so I re-did it.
The pose in this piece is relaxed and natural compared to the other one, and I think the Seer's expression is more engaging, so this is the one I submitted to the contest.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Got some new hanging baskets in the garden yesterday and now all I want to do is paint flowers.
My family has a beautiful backyard, thanks to my mom's irrepressible green thumb. There are birdhouses, a veggie patch...
...loads of fantastic flowers...
...and some very happy bees!
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
A year or so ago I was obsessed with creating and selling hand-made greeting cards. This is what got me to seriously consider becoming an illustrator. Because I was making every card by hand, my art consisted of simple line drawings and very restricted palettes.
It's been a while since I've used watercolor and ink together, but I want to return to it. This is my first attempt:
More to come!
Thursday, June 18, 2015
My new Pigma art pens. One has a brush tip and the other has a super-fine tip so I've been playing with both in the same sketch, figuring out which pens work best for where.
These guys are partially inspired by the main characters from an anime called Kyokai no Kanata, or Beyond the Boundary. It is my favorite, and the whole series is available on Youtube!
It'd be fun to do a graphic novel, I think. I'd have to get better at drawing backgrounds though. Maybe I'll practice a few of those this week.
Monday, June 1, 2015
I'm joining a Facebook art group that hosts a character design challenge every month. The theme for this month is "Witches and Wizards".
I played with a couple concepts (a Louisianian witch doctor and and ice-witch) before settling on this one. My final witch design is a cross between a Celtic druid and a sea witch. I gave her a sea-glass scepter, a fish-scale dress, and lots of seaweed!
The cleaned-up sketch, ready for the light box.
I imagine her living in cold, stormy conditions, so I painted her in muted colors to mirror her surroundings.
The sea-witch Ione lives in a ship graveyard in the North sea. Viking sailors and fishermen come to her for spells and potions that will grant them good luck and protection during their ocean voyages. However, they must remember to repay the sea-witch for her kindness. If not, Ione sends violent storms to sink their ships, and adds the wreckage to her sea-bound castle.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
I've been practicing a couple of different styles by painting octopi and squid. This one I painted with a direct reference picture, so the shapes and colors are sharp and precise.
This one I painted from the same sketch, but without a reference, so the lines are softer and the colors are more dramatic.
And finally, a squid doodle for fun. I really enjoy playing with a restricted palette like this.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Concept art for a children's book. I started with a simple sketch and flat colors.
At this point I added shadows and highlights, especially to the skirt. The story is set on the seaside, so I also painted a simple ocean background to see how the colors work together. I think the green I used in Kelly's shirt and shin guards is too intense, so I'll alter that in the future.
A little detailing in pencil, and I'm done!
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
This is my design for Wendy from Peter Pan. My version of Wendy is bratty and spoiled, and she gets bored easily. Her parents dress her in pink and put her hair in complicated braids, and they don't like her playing with her brothers and getting messy - they treat her like a doll. When she gets to Neverland she freaks out when her hair comes undone and her dress rips, but she also learns she likes to play in mud.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
My cousin Ryan was born yesterday! Very excited to meet this kid. In the meantime I'm working on a children's book for him.
My aunt and uncle are pretty sporty so these are the characters I'm working with so far. Not sure what the story is yet; I'm just going to keep drawing them until one shows up.