Thursday, December 18, 2014

Paints, ATCs and inks

I've been busy making art and working on various projects so I haven't been a good poster lately. Plus,. to be honest, it's always a struggle to write something to accompany the pictures. I'm more of a "here's my painting" type than a blog writer. So boring I know.

I'll set some new year art and posting goals and try to stick to them for 2015. I know that 30 Paintings in 30 Days is happening in January 2015 and I might join in there though I'm more of a markers and ink type than a painter. Painting takes me such a long time. Holy slog fest.

I started a painting this afternoon! Woo!  It's just acrylic right now but it will end up being a mixed media piece. It's pretty big. I think this is the largest size I've ever painted at 30 x 40". I tend to stick to my comfort zone of 9 x 12 " MAX. There's so much more surface and I'm going through a lot more paint than I'm used to. I can see myself making a trip to the art store for some big tubes. Anyway, hope to finish this one up over the next couple of days... before the chaos of visitors and holidays.

Below are a few of sets of ATCs I made for some art friends over the past few weeks. Mostly markers and ink - smokers, lovers and fancy animals.

Happy PPF! :)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Art-A-Thon

Wow, it's been another long time period between posts. I've been busy with work and all of that, yada, yada. The usual! I'm finally posting a bit of recent art. Most of these are art cards from the Halloween Art-A-Thon over at, my fave trading place. Above are a couple of acrylic Calavera girls and below is a mix of barely scary Halloween art in marker and ink.

And here are the lonely 4 inkings I did for Inktober. I wanted to participate for the entire month but it just didn't work out. I ended up making all 4 of these into digital stamps (of course).

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mucha style! Sort of :)

Happy paint party Friday!

I'm busy working away on coloring books along with a set of ATCs for yet another trade with fellow artists. Right now I'm working on portraits of my fellow traders in the style of Mucha. Ok, so they're not a great Mucha style but some elements are there!

These portraits are done in markers and gel pens because gel pens are fun and sparkly.

I was at life drawing yesterday and had a lot of fun drawing our wonderful model. He always comes up with the good standing poses and they're super ones to draw, especially with the pole prop.

These life drawings are done in pen.

Ok, ouch. I just had a massive book fall on my wrist. How is that possible you ask? I was reaching to find a pencil to jot a note and I jostled a pile of books on my rolling art tray that I had placed (very precariously) on top of a pile of uneven sketchbooks and it all came barreling down on my left wrist. Good job I'm right handed or I wouldn't be getting much work done today.


And another set of digistamps, a couple of new ones and a couple I'd drawing before and just added.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New digital stamps and a few ATCs + WOYWW

Here are a few ATCs I made last week for a portrait swap in the style of your favorite artist. I have TONS of fave artists so I went with Egon Schiele, Joe Sorren, Dave Kinsey and Klimt. These are mostly in markers and colored pencils. These were made for a swap on, my favorite card trading place.

Below are a bunch of new digital stamps that I just added to my Etsy store. A curvy mermaid, a sexy witch for Halloween plus a few cats and a whimsical toy robot because robots are awesome. I'm working on a few silly and dark stamps this week. I just can't make fairies and mermaids all the time even though that's what many people seem to want. I have to make something utterly ridiculous and gross now and then to feel right. Thankfully, there are plenty of card makers and digistamp users out there who like the ridiculous and the dark more than the cute and the fluffy. YAY!

Here's what's on my desk today. It's a mess of Copics, pencils, old tea bags and a dirty spoon, some art cards I'm working on as well as various bits of stuff. Same old mess! At least the dirty tissues didn't make it into the photo.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A WIP and a few stamps

Here's an illustration that I'm working on over the next few days, a pretty nature goddess. I'm still working out the composition and colors so things are likely to change. It's a WIP. I still have no idea what she's going to be holding in her hands! Flower maybe? An earth?

At left is a quickie portrait from a recent life drawing session. This model is one of my favorites. She has such a wonderful profile and I always try to find a spot to her side so I can draw her nose. Plus she's a fabulous model, always spot on with the poses. She reminds me of a master drawing (the one at right is from way back, an ATC in watercolor).

Happy PPF!