Monday, April 9, 2018

APOLLO 13 MOVIE POSTER

48 years ago this very week, on April 11, 1970, Apollo 13 launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The 1995 film adaptation is one of my favorite films of all time, so naturally it was a priority to be included in my series of illustrated space movies which began last year with Contact.

Although it has taken me a bit longer than I expected to bring it to completion, I think it proves a nice coincidence that it finished just in time for the anniversary of one of NASA's greatest achievements.








Thursday, March 22, 2018

HAPPY SPRING! (Hey, but it's snowing...)

Checking in because it's spring now and even though it's snowing here today I'm dreaming of warmer weather and fresh air and the smell of damp earth and new grass and allergies and the sound of lawn mowers and the twittering of birds and and and and ---

PHEWF!

I've actually been VERY busy and productive lately. I sprouted another branch off my creativity tree and began a new side project into colorful abstract art (different from my doodlepaintings). I started working with alcohol ink and art resin following the amazing petri process conceived by artist Josie Lewis. As soon as I saw hers I had to try it for myself. So far I've made 9, three of which are cast in actual plastic petri dishes. From those resin petri I've been able to make high resolution scans and turn them into prints, so I also opened up a new Etsy shop to house my products. I've named this side endeavor CHROMATOZOA, my name for the imaginary colorful pseudo "organisms" (cellular, brainy looking structures) that emerge from this resin/ink process.








I've also been very busy making new doodlepaintings and have created 3 new large circle paintings and 6 mini petri paintings in the past couple weeks. I've also started playing with digitally inverting and adjusting the colors of my doodles to create wildly different experiences. 

Working in the circular format has been endlessly inspiring to me. I don't know why but I guess it's clear I just LOVE CIRCLES. 

















Thursday, January 25, 2018

APOLLO 13 • WIP

I have spent the past week slowly painting away on my poster for Apollo 13. It is the second in my series of illustrated space movie posters. I'm playing around with trying to reach a sweet spot between realistic painting and stylized illustration in the way I am using black line and highlight edges. I'm learning as I go but I'm happy with where it is headed. I aim to have it finished by the beginning of February.




Thursday, January 18, 2018

BREATH OF THE WILD • WIP

I've begun working on a colorful 24x36 poster for Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild, my new favorite video game. The composition is basically where I want it to be, and the colors stand at 18 plus paper white, which is A LOT of colors. But I think them necessary since it is such a colorful game. My husband and I are still slowly getting through the DLC after finishing the main game last March. I don't want it to end!















COLOR PALETTE:



Thursday, December 14, 2017

NEW DOODLE: THERE BENEATH

NEW DOODLE: "There Beneath" is complete. As always, prints (5x7=$10, 8x10=$15, 12x16= $35) and the original painting ($400) are available in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DoodlePaintings


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

MY FIRST SCREEN PRINT!

It was a few months in the making but my screen print finally arrived from Lady Lazarus printshop in Texas! And they did a beautiful job overall. The print is 13 colors with a metallic layer applied over much of the image which makes it nearly like a foil print, especially being on pearlescent paper. It is an edition of 30 (plus artist proof copies).

It was a huge milestone and a dream come true to go through the process of illustrating and printing these. I've already learned a lot about file preparation and how to anticipate and avoid (or...not avoid) certain issues when translating the image to separate ink layers.

I'm ready for more!

Details:
- 24"x36"
- Screen Print
- 13 x Colors with a Metallic Layer
- 105# Neenah Stardream Crystal paper
- Limited edition of 30
- 10+ APs
- $75 plus shipping

Link to purchase: https://www.etsy.com/listing/579910485/contact-24x36-screen-print-movie-poster









Tuesday, September 19, 2017

INTERLUDE

Last week an educational project came up out of the blue. Fortunately the timing was such that I had just finished the pencil drawing commission of Boo from Monster's Inc., and hadn't yet financially committed to any other commissions. So I'm putting that endeavor on hold and jumping into what is only the second professional gig I've had since I left my job in April.

I spent four days drawing first pass color sketches for the project (7 images total) and now I await feedback. I won't hear back about them until next week, which leaves this week free to finish up the work I have started for myself. I go on vacation next week and the project will be waiting for me when I return. It will take me the following couple of weeks to finish so any art time that is "me" time won't come again before end of October.

In light of that, I became determined to finish the Pocahontas poster I'd started a few months ago. I'm happy with the way it turned out but mostly it feels great to check it off the to-do list (and finally get it on the wall once I get it printed).

Not sure what else I'll be able to accomplish this week, but I'll be working on Wonder Woman whenever I get a few minutes.




Tuesday, September 5, 2017

DRAWING FOR FUN AND NEW FRIENDS

All this free time has been extremely inspiring, and I want to make the best use of it while I'm feeling healthy and ready to work. I've been piling up on projects for myself, starting several so I never run out of things I can be working on. 

In the meantime, my finances are missing the steady flow of income I was accustomed to for the past few years. To help offset some of the financial strain, I've begun working on commissioned drawings. At the moment I've opened up 4 slots for work, and I am excited to see how the process of working for strangers feels. 

The best part is that I'm basically getting paid to practice drawing and try my hand at working with real materials again. It feels good to use pencil and colored pencil and all this drawing time is bound to help keep me in shape when it comes time to work digitally. 

This week I drew a Baby Moana in watercolor and colored pencil and a colored pencil portrait of Gadget Hackwrench from Rescue Rangers. 

I have a few commissions lined up so I will be working on fulfilling them in the coming days and weeks. 

I also started on a Wonder Woman poster and Game of Thrones portraits. 

I haven't had this much fun making stuff in ages. 



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

HOMEWORLD

Finished artwork. I'm pleased with where this ended up. I would love more opportunities to illustrate sci-fi themes. Hope to continue to see what I can do with this emerging speckled style. 





And a version as a mock book cover:



Thursday, August 3, 2017

HOME WORLD - WORK IN PROGRESS

I've begun on a new illustration to be included in my agent's promotional booklet for the fall. For a long while I'd been at a loss as to what to do for this one. People frequently ask artists where they get their ideas, and in general it is not always easy to trace the genesis of a concept. Yet in this rare instance there is a definite point of origin for this: my bathroom.

Hanging on the wall above my bathtub is a print of a Maxfield Parrish painting and yesterday I found myself half-looking at "Morning" and a thought occurred to me: What if the figure leisurely sitting on the rocks was sitting on Martian rocks? 

From there the idea interwove with two characters from a sci-fi story idea I have been working on for a while. That story idea is not set on Mars, but referencing them helped me populate my illustration with characters who I can already picture and who I know have a certain relationship. From there, I found references of two other Parrish paintings and combined them to create my final composition. 

For this promo piece, I wanted to deliberately do three things: create an image with the feel of a book cover, use slightly older characters than I usually do, and use more than one figure (I tend to do single figures a lot). I'm now super excited to complete it, as I feel it represents a lot of what I like to illustrate. 


Saturday, July 29, 2017

WIPS - POCAHONTAS & PRACTICAL MAGIC

I'm creating posters for two more of my favorite films. The basic composition for Practical Magic has been underway for a while now but I only recently made some significant adjustments that are helping me to like it much better overall. Still many things to work out but I'm excited about this direction.

In the meantime I'm chipping away at Pocahontas whenever I have a few minutes at the computer. The color difference on this piece between my monitor and my Cintiq is alarming so I'll have to be careful to make sure the colors are accurate before I'm finished. 





Tuesday, June 20, 2017

FAIRY TALE

My agent is sending out a promo based on the theme "Fairy Tale". We were encouraged to interpret the theme how we wanted, from reinterpreting an existing tale to making an image with a fantasy feel. I chose the latter. I'm not quite sure what the story is here, but I think it involves a magical tree home to a few woodland sprites who grant wishes to those who promise to keep their existence a secret.



Friday, June 9, 2017

CONTACT: WIP UPDATE

The days are quickly stacking up as it's now been over a month and a half since I left my day job. I've continued to put time into working on my illustrated Contact poster in hopes of completing it by my self-imposed July deadline. I think I'm on track to meet it. Still have a ways to go as you can see in the update below. But it's coming together and I'm happy with it thus far.




Wednesday, May 24, 2017

NEW DOODLE: SPLENDOR

NEW DOODLE: "Splendor" is complete. As always, prints (5x7=$10, 8x10=$15, 12x16= $35) and the original painting ($120) are available in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DoodlePaintings