Sunday, November 13, 2011


I made this about a week and a half ago. I scanned in my pencil drawing and colored it in Photoshop. I really like how it turned out.  

Saturday, October 29, 2011

self portraits

So I was short on ideas of what to draw thursday so I picked the old standby (myself). Instead of using a mirror, I used my computer's camera to get an interesting angle to draw my self from. It was also nice because my eyes could be looking an other direction besides straight out of the picture. The top one is more of a caricature and is painted with watercolors. I know, I know, I was feeling like being strangely obvious or something and chose to label myself "ME". 

Friday, October 28, 2011


Happy Halloween! I felt like doing a headless horsewoman. She looks bored or dazed, which might actually be appropriate since it is probably a real drag to be lugging your own head around... I guess we all lug our head around, but we typically use a hands-free method. The Illustration Friday topic is "scary".  I would probably be scared of a headless person, but I'm not sure I made this one that scary. Pencil drawing colored in Photoshop.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

is for fun

So I just painted this in Corel Painter just for fun. Don't be too hard on him, I only spent a short while on the painting and I had no reference. I was trying a more limited palette that was mostly yellow toned.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

drifting off

I caught myself drifting off while I was listening to the teacher, I felt bad...then I thought this sketch was good for showing that there are worse ways that one could drift off.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sea Dwarf

Hooray, I finally scanned my work from last semester!

This was for one of my classes I got to pick my assignments, which was cool. This one goes along with my selkie painting. I was reading Scandinavian Folktales and really enjoyed reading a story about a man's experience with a sea dwarf. I guess a sea dwarf is like a leprechaun of the sea, he is human on top and seal on bottom (almost like a mermaid). He's very mischievous and very tricky. Things didn't end well for the man who caught him, but then I'm not sure if it was the sea dwarfs fault or his own. I read it in a book or else I would post the link.

This is a color study I did by coloring my thumbnail in Photoshop. Even though it's just a thumbnail, I really like it. It has nice texture.

Oh and here are some fun watercolor studies I did while watching Disney's Oceans.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I painted this yesterday from a little sketch I had done a while ago for a concept for Shakespeare's Richard III but I think it's interesting on it's own. It's a little creepy isn't it?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I'm sorry that it's been so long since I last posted and that I'm still only posting these faint drawings. I'm still trying to figure out how things are going to work now with my husband working full time and me being a full time mommy. It's even trickier to find time than I thought it would be. But I'm determined to find it! 

The top drawing is Tiger Lily and the bottom one is the mermaids. They are humans with mechanical prosthetic tails.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

still not settled

Still in a hotel... Still working on getting a place, hopefully in the next day or two.... please!

This is the introduction of the villainous Captain Hook in a chariot pulled by his own men.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


The past few weeks we have been packing up our house and getting everything squared away for moving across the country. I am now posting from a little hotel that we are staying in until we find our new home. So, things are still out of sorts for the time being. 

This illustration drawing is an introduction to the lost boys as Peter is returning to the Neverland.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sunday driver: a snails pace

So I posted this once already just a couple days ago and then it disappeared! It disappeared from two different blogs! That is just bizarre to me. So, here it is again. I was experimenting with a new style, I think I really like it. I think this is a fun concept. What do you think is the girl small or the snail big? 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

peter pan

We have been illustrating Peter Pan this semester. The assignment was to design 16 pages of a children's book. We only need to bring one to full color, so most of these are just the drawings. I just recently decided on taking it kinda steam punk. It is more obvious in some pictures than others. This is a family portrait of the Darling children.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

to the sky...

The reason I haven't posted in three weeks is that my husband went on a 5 day field trip to California, then I went for a week long field trip to New York (which was awesome!), and then I was playing catch up for my classes. For this piece, I illustrated the song "To the Sky" by Owl City for my class assignment. These fuzzy little guys just couldn't wait to take to the sky. I painted it in Photoshop. Here are some of my ideas from my sketchbook. I liked some of the vertical compositions, but alas, the assignment was to do horizontal.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

selkie girl

Here is a painting I did not too long ago that I am very happy with. I entered it into to competitions in hope of getting in, but alas, it was for all for not... Nevertheless, I am still pleased with it. Watercolor on 190lb. Arches watercolor paper. She is a selkie, a seal that turns into a human. Some one has stolen her sealskin so she can't turn back into a seal.

Friday, February 25, 2011

fairy cookery

I made this for my favorite cousin (I have more than one...) Katie, who was just married yesterday. I didn't have a lot of time so this took 2-3 hours, if I had more time I might have done a little more with it. But as it is, I like how it turned out. It has strawberry hair just like my cousin's, I thought it would be a nice match. It is watercolor with inked outlines. I did washes and splatters on the paper so it would look like an aged and faded cookbook.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

extra! extra... windy

Sorry, I haven't posted in a month, but I will repent! ...maybe... Here is a painting I did at the end of last semester. The assignment was to a partially obscured figure. I wanted to do something a little comical and so this was my final choice. I borrowed my brother's trench coat and got my husband to pose for me. It wasn't windy the day I did the photo shoot, so I taped the newspaper around his head and found other reference for flying newspapers and flying scarves and coats (or skirts, what ever would get me the look I wanted). I like how it turned out. Below is a study (also last semester) I did in two three hour classes (don't worry the model had breaks). I really enjoy doing models in costume.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

the four feathers

The assignment was to do a spot illustration for The Four Feathers. I incorporated four white feathers into an Islamic design.


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