I picked a long strand of these flowers yesterday on my morning walk with the dog. It grows wildly and climbs over everything. It's Carolina Jessamine, the state flower
My favorite wild flowers are cropping up by the side of the road, but I need to bring a knife to take them home. I'll show you some drawings of those pricklies tomorrow.
This week's Illustration Friday topic: Wild
a little hand lettering to celebrate the explosion of spring...
I was commissioned to draw the White Witch and I now this is one of my favorite DC Comics characters.
I thought I would try something different. I love this print wrap I brought back from Hawaii a few years ago. I tried to salvage this old apple painting by adding the pattern in the background. I think it looks pretty, although apples are not typically found in Hawaii the way they are on the mainland. What do you think? It's available in my Etsy shop
A commission of Jack and the Sawhorse from the Oz books, currently making it's way west to sunny California.
A hedgehog in the woods, smoking a pipe and brewing tea. He's using a steel enamel cup, which I love. This is one of those commissions where the patron said "do what you want" which is the best thing ever. It's a gift. You'll always get something interesting with that request, I think.
Another morning warm-up sketch I played with in Photoshop. I don't get to work a lot with gouache these days so I like to practice a bit when I can.
A morning warm up sketch of one of my favorite movie heroes Henry "Junior" "Indiana" Jones. Drawn with brush and ink and watercolour and something that kind of feels like a page from a Moleskine notebook.
If you're waiting on a commission, thank you for your patience! It took me a while to get to them but I'm just working on commissions at the moment and hope to have them all finished in just over a week.
Here is a detail of a commission that was a lot of fun to do, Hugo Pratt's Corto Maltese.
New Years resolution, more painting
, more romance?
Well, princesses will have to wait until the fairies fly South for the winter.
I have been given a new project involving these wonderful wee folk, and it's been quite some time since I have painted them. Almost two years in fact! I think I've done one or two here and there, but not many.
To catch you up to date, here are the new members of the portfolio family. It's been interesting to see how the added styles and techniques I've acquired over the last couple of years is being translated into the fairies.
When you're in first grade you have to get creative to be able to make 40 valentine's and still have fun.
Here is my valentine to you, dear blog. Playing around with my color palette....
I had so much fun with this image I ended up killing it in the end, but I do still like this little corner...
and sometimes it is the process that counts
I recently finished working with Alana Dakos
on her newest book, "Botanical Knits
." The patterns are inspired from plants, trees, leaves, etc. I love the designs (as always when looking at Alana's stuff) and once again wish I had the physical dexterity to knit.
...along with images that inspired her to create the patterns. Then essentially said, "here is what I created, now you create something." So I did.
If you have the book you could play a fun "Where's Waldo" trying to find where some of the illustrations ended up. The interesting thing for me is to see what made it into the book (of course not all do) and where.
Alana also asked me to design the title. Always a fun challenge. She wanted something natural, rustic, with tall letters, almost like they are growing. So here are some examples I came up with.
But ultimately this style was the winner (see above cover).
Another interesting request was for the resource page. She knitted little leaves out of the fabric she used for the knits in the book, and used those as reference for where she got the yarn. Photos of the knitted leaves were eventually placed onto an illustration of a tree branch. You can get an idea for it from the color studies. You will have to buy the book to see how it all really comes together. :)
That's it! Thanks for reading.
"wool" reminds me of a stack of packages that was left at my door last friday:
Surprise, it's a new book!
After looking through my portfolio of fairies, I realized there were no fairy brides, time for a change!
It's refreshing to get back onto hot pressed paper after a some time on cold pressed.