Its been a while, I didn’t mean to ignore my blog–but lots and lots of things have been happening in my life! First of all, I’m moving back to California! I have been thinking about moving back on and off while living in NYC and I finally decided on it two weeks ago when I gave my two-week notice at my job. I am completely ecstatic to be coming home and I just have missed my family and friends so so much!
Anyway, that’s not why I blogged! I recently finished this concept art painting about a month ago, its been sitting in my hard drive the last few months unfinished and finally I came back from Italy in August and finally had some down time to actually finish it. I couldn’t resist but I really wanted to make a new case for my iPhone and so I uploaded this piece in my Society 6 Store and ordered one! You can see below how awesome it turned out in the image below, the artwork is printed on the casemate brand. They are also available in prints of all sizes in case you were interested!
Why the dragon? The dragon is a symbol for power and inner strength. I love the dragon symbolism.
I’m experimenting with a new style in photoshop these days, trying different things to get different results. This is actually an older drawing I had from months and months ago that I never did anything with. Here’s the original drawing in case you were curious. I learned so much traditional oil painting techniques this summer that it has helped me improve upon my digital painting as well. We also got to visit a lot of museums this summer such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Collection at Pitti Palace in Florence. We had our own personal tour guide, Bill Maughn who is one of the directors at the Academy of Art University– and he’s been to these museums several times. I also got to see a lot of old paintings from the medieval period through the renaissance with angels being depicted in their paintings as messengers of God and also as protectors, the intermediaries between the heavens and humans. Italy is a very inspiring place to visit and study. I’m thankful that I got to study there and also have been completely inspired by the art and environment of Florence.
Flannel wearing lumberjack hipster with boots! I sketched my coworker today because he’s always so stylish and such a character! People in NYC are definitely a lot more polished and stylish here vs. the West Coast where everyone is always dressed down and wearing a t-shirt. I really appreciate New York fashion with its clean lines and polished looks. I’m not a slave to fashion but I really like it when people look put together, it shows me that they took the time to make themselves presentable and want to make a good impression on the world. After all, sometimes you only get to make one good impression– usually that’s what most people remember anyway.
Last night’s watercolor sketch on a 7 x10 watercolor sketchbook I purchased in Florence. This is a scene from Lucca I painted from one of my many pictures of Italy. I’ve been experimenting with different colors… I loved this view from the tower that we climbed! I can’t go a day without painting a background! I’m hooked.
Hello! Happy holidays! I hope you are enjoying this holiday season with your family and loved ones!
It seems like forever since I’ve posted any updates on Dreamwalker. I am reprinting them this month and opening up sales throughout the end of this week. Last day to order this would be Sunday, December 9th.
To pre-order Dreamwalker Graphic Novel 3rd Edtion, click here. The book is $16 USD and U.S. shipping is $3.00. I will ship internationally; $10 every where else. Make sure to get your order in; after the holidays are over I will be closing off sales again for a while.
In addition to issuing the 3rd edition of Dreamwalker, I’ve been working on some unexpected commissions. I love these projects as they sometimes take me out of my comfort zone, pushing me creatively to places I haven’t brought myself to recently. If you are interested in commissioning a piece by me I’d love to create something personal for someone who has supported me for so long.
I don’t have a ton of studio time over the next few weeks so if you would like something made before the end of the year, please email me immediately email@example.com
Thank-you so much for appreciating my work and supporting me the last few years as I am progressing onto other projects!
If you ordered last time and would like another copy, I will ship it to you for free.
First 10 people to order through the site will get a free 8×10 mini print of one of my recent works below, your choice of one of the three. Or you can order them anytime on my Society6 Store here.
Graphite on illustration board. I recently made this available as a print, iPhone cases, and various other products on my Society6 store. As the name implies, lately I’ve just been inspired to draw female sensuality and really what makes us women attractive. I know this is an attractive drawing, but women are so much more than a pretty face. We have depth and dimension to our being… capable of more than just love and compassion but we are strong and independent… and the list goes on! So if you’re interested in owning a print of this artwork, follow the link here -> Society6
A little Watercolor experimentation I drew over the weekend, I’ve made this illustration available as prints, iPhone cases, and various other products! Society 6 has also just started making pillows! Check out this illustration on my Society 6 Profile.
This is what I did over the weekend. Yep. I have two other work in progress paintings… I feel like I’ve been a recluse all weekend! Haha. None of these quick study paintings are on location. We’re actually painting from photographs still… But it helps to figure out composition, lighting, value, etc. Feeling a little more confident handling the paint but one of the things I over looked in this painting is adding some of the light from the sky into some of the tops of trees. Sometimes when you’re working on something that’s directly in front of you, its harder to see the bigger picture until you step back and have a look. And then that’s when you realize OH DAMN! it looks like a painting! haha. We’re taught to look at the shapes and all the different values . So there is a process. Dividing the canvas into its respective parts of the composition, then blocking our the darker value shape areas then working towards adding lighter values… Now 3 more paintings to go!
This pretty much sums up the end of my work week! So dramatic! Haha. Waiting for the L train sucked and some assole pulled the emergency break so we were stuck underground for 20 mins. Sheesh. Hauling my big clunky purse and big art bag full of blank canvases and paints from Utrecht, I have a Landscape painting class online this fall so look out for my attempts at Landscape painting! Ok maybe this is an exaggeration, but this was really my outfit on Friday! I love this burgundy skirt, my fave! Have a nice weekend ya’ll!
I love drawing Fanart! I also took my 10 year old to go see this movie a few weeks ago when it came out, very cute movie! I’ve been obsessively drawing before I got to bed, its my ritual =) I’ve surprised myself this week, I’ve been drawing everyday, when it hits it hits!