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1. Fishing



This was for an article in the Friend mag.
I haven't done a very good job posting on my blog lately- If you are interested in following my insta-g page send me a message through my website.  I am working on building a fine art portfolio one slow step at a time. I am very excited to show some small glimpses of that work soon here, or you can follow my work on my other page.

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2. New Era


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3. Huck the Seeing Eye Dog





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4. Some articles

I haven't posted any illustrations in a while- So here are a couple that are out this month in the 'Friend Magazine' Also I am going to start posting fine art stuff to another blog, I will share when it's more put together. images ©Friend Magazine



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5. Kickstarter!

So I am going to highlight my husband in this post. Him and his buddy have been working on this project for quite some time now.  They have created a thin protective ipad case that charges your ipad on the go. But that's not the only bonus. If your ipad is already full charged, then the tripac gives you double the ipad time.
There is also a USB port to charge your other devices such as your iphone, go-pro cameras etc...
And.... it only takes one hour to charge your tripac case instead of the 4 it would take to charge your ipad.

This is especially great if your an artist and use an ipad for either digital art or if you use it for your photo reference. It's awful to be working on a project and then realize you're out of battery life-

It's pretty fantastic and they need the support to complete and sell it as a final product.

If you like it, we ask that you please spread the word, share, tweet etc... Thanks so much guys!!










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6. Oil painting



This is a close up of a little 4x4" painting I did from the previous sketch. It looks way better in person, but this will do. I haven't been able to oil paint in a long time for multiple reasons, so this was really refreshing. I did it in my kitchen and had an essential oil blower going to get rid of the fumes. Seriously it works like fabreeze but without the additional smell. By the way, I am thinking of having a separate blog for my fine art, opinions?

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7. Pen sketches

 I haven't posted in a while, thought I would share some quick studies- 

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8. Rainy Day pen sketch



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9. quick acrylic study



Just a quick little study- It's defiantly harder to get smooth transitional shadow lines with acrylic- Going to practice some more today hopefully.

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10. Paintings of Christ

Listened to J. Kirk Richards talking about painting Christ. 

Liked it a lot --> Click here to listen 

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11. Pen sketches

I have liked drawing with pens lately. No mess, it's permanent and doesn't smudge in my notebook. It also gives me the challenge to get the measurements as accurate as I can, because once I put that mark down, it's there.

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12.


So originally I was going to do a tutorial with this sketch but got really sick- So here is the final.
Maybe next time... (:

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13. Etsy



I've opened an etsy shop- If you're interested head over there.




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14. What I am working on...


Trying to keep up with posts can be a challenge when so many other things are going on in life.  But I thought I'd throw in this little rough from a job I am currently working on. Other Projects in the meantime include gessoing... Etsy designs...the usual family stuff... health stuff (that can affect all the other things going on)... Fine art painting ideas/sketches- (I'll be blessed when I can finally be able to paint them! It's been 4 years since I've picked up an oil painting brush-lame-o.... I have my reason...)...  Maybe I should do a demo on how I digitally paint this sketch from start to finish??




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15. Head sketch

I'm anxiously awaiting a figure drawing book to arrive in the mail. I'm diving back into my fine art roots. I have started gessoing some boards... although that didn't run as "smooth" as I'd hoped. They apparently didn't like drying in the cold and left a lot of crackle affects on my gesso. (Which to some may be ideal, but I'd prefer it smooth for now.)   However I believe if the drawing is exceptional  the painting and values even better then who cares for now. I'm only starting.   Tonight I thought I'd throw out a quick sketch to get me in the groove.....



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16. Demo- How to turn your sketch into a digital one....

So.... I have this new computer... it's pretty cool. Let's me do all sorts of things like record videos.... :) So I thought it would be fun to try out... Here's my first attempt.


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17. "Articles of Art"

I was recently asked if I remembered the "Articles of Art" as they were called by one of my Professors Leon Parson.   I decided to share the answer as a blog post because they are such priceless words of wisdom for every artist :)

Articles of Art
By Leon Parson (from my notes)


  1. If it don't communicate, it ain't art. Any fool can make a mark!
  2. Subject matter has very little if nothing to do with great art. It's what you do with subject matter that makes the difference.
  3. Draw what you know, not what you think you see; until the happy day you know what you are seeing, then you can draw it.
  4. If it looks dumb, DON'T DRAW IT!
  5. A client says "Can you do it?" You say "Sure, no sweat!"
  6. No one part is as important as the total.
  7. In order to do great art, sooner or later you're going to have to look at what you drew.
  8. An unfinished piece is ALWAYS unfinished.
  9. Decide what you want to say and say it.
  10. Do whatever it takes to achieve your goal or satisfy the clients needs.
  11. What if....?
  12. If you live by the sword, you die by the sword.
  13. When in doubt, simplify.
  14. Sometimes the part you love the most is what ruins your art.
  15. If a client asks you to finish a month early, you can say "Sure, but it's going to cost you extra!"
  16. There is nothing more appalling than a neat mistake"
  17. If a drawing looks unfinished... it is!
  18. If something looks out of place, add more of it (repetitions creates harmony)
  19. Find out what you are (not who) Get enough education so that you can be a professional you!
  20. Become perfectly ourselves through Christ.
  21. Less is more.
  22. The subject is not more important than the whole painting.

And I'm sure he has added more to this list or there are quotes I missed, but these are some of the things I jotted down from my classes with him. I wasn't completely sure how some of these would apply to me when I was in school, now I can say that he was right on the dot.

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18. Christmas prep

©Jennifer Tolman


I have just about everything set up for Christmas. I've even done all my Christmas shopping online this year, how nice is that??





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19. Winner

So this weekend I am busy
I have a project due,
I am also going to be doing caricatures

HERE...


 With one of my favorite persons-  Brittany Tingey-  who is absolutely fantastic at caricatures (and any other art she makes). They are super non-costly caricatures.  Like 7ish bucks- maybe? *Don't quote me on that....

Come say *Hi!* It's free, the kids love it and the Piano Guys are going to be there. And I get to sit and listen while drawing-



Also We have a winner for the free 5x7 sketch- Miriam L. is the winner-  (Miriam I need your address!- Email me)

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20. Folio Academy

We have awesome technology and web programs that allow artists to learn more faster, at your own convenience  than any time in history! 

I recently came across Folio Academy-
There they have tutorials you can buy to learn different techniques or skills from pottery, fine art to digital art. Very cool stuff-  

Also I am a "Pinning" fanatic!  I have a whole account dedicated to art.Things that inspire me, help me learn etc...  And not to mention my ram isn't being overloaded because it's all online now.
Fantastic times my friends!


If you have no idea about any of these, I suggest you jump on board-

Via Pinterest

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21. Shhh.....

I have a secret desire- I want to be a Fine Artist. Yes. I have actually wanted to be a fine artist my whole life, and then when I went to school they turned me into an illustrator. *(Which is not a bad thing, actually a good thing)
I love illustrating, and now I realize how much illustrating has opened my eyes and enhanced my skills to even better my fine art skills.

There is definitely a smile and definitely still  a love love for illustrating. But I have a deep bonded reach for the stars, over the moon kind of love relationship with oil paints. Even the smell of walking into a oil paint, turpentine room can make me giddy- (and maybe a little sick)

So... I am excited to announce to myself and whoever out there reads this, that after years and years of waiting and waiting and waiting, I am going to join the Fine Art field. And it may be a very slow slow process as I still have a lot of obstacles in my way. Big health issues


Yes I will still be illustrating, Yes I still LOVE illustrating, and Yes this will be the hardest thing to break into with all that's going on in my life but I'm hoping it will work out.





 I've realized living completely without picking up an oil paint brush for the past 3 years it is just adding to my sickness  Sooo.... we are working on figuring out a way (and place where I can paint)






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22. Paper Art and Fall

 On my desk right now.
(I have been playing with paper artwork- I was inspired a month or so ago when I came across Brittany Lee's blog- holy cow, she is fantastic~  As a kid I would draw and cut out my own paper people and make paper houses and tape the pages they were on together so I had this large book of places for the paper dolls to go to. 
Anyways... spurred back memories and I thought it would be fun to do some myself. So I went and spent a bunch of money on colored paper.  

Yep.

And it's been well over a month since I've worked on finishing it. Boo's face is still not finished. The fun part about paper art is my kid loves to do it with me. 

Not working on that right now though, got to get back to my job on hand. I'm having a lot of fun with my current work.


On my Fall mantel right now...
I love this painting from Mike Malm. So sweet. The kids faces are adorable.

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23. Brave


This is Merida from 'Brave' Jennifer Tolman style...

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24. My Favs...

My top 3 favorite Illustrators and Fine Artists:

Illustration-
 Glen Keane





 Andrew Loomis


JC Leyendecker
 




Favorite Fine Artists (right now)-:


Richard Schmid- Accurate use of values, temperature- amazing forms



Pino- Beautiful use of color, light- soft and hard edges



Walter Rane- Amazing anatomy- Use of motion
Source: josephsmith.net via J on Pinterest

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25. .*. Happy Thanksgiving .*.



My two favorite things to do on Thanksgiving day is to watch the Macey's parade and in the evening set up the Christmas tree :)




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