With Spring in full force I've been sketching a lot of flora and fauna. Yay spring! Flowers can be quite complex and difficult to accurately render, so I've been focusing on difficult ones. . . PEONIES!!! Below are some recent sketches from mah sketchbook.
If you look around you'll see I've really changed my website. Got rid of a lot of old work and focusing on what I offer as an artist through original work for sale, commissions, live painting, and murals. Take a look around, there's a lot of new work added in as well. I hadn't drastically updated my site since its creation in 2013! WOW 7 years.
More larger updates will be coming throughout the year, maybe sooner rather then later with the newfound time I have to work on these projects. One project is creating a bug/botanical series. A few pieces of the series are above, have a bug or flower you'd like to see in the series- let me know! I still have a ways to go. :) Please offer up any feedback you have on the new design, good, bad, or seemingly pointless- I'd appreciate any thoughts. :)
The top piece is a large colored pencil piece which has been the most challenging to date! I leaned a great deal through the process, and it was a process. This was the first time I actually recorded my time working, which ended up being nearly double what I anticipated. Clocked in over 100 hours. The biggest lesson was to not overthink and put in the research in the early sketching period. The better initial sketch, the easier the larger fleshed out piece. But I'm very proud of how it turned out.
The four botanical ink pieces were super fun to do and I absolutely LOVE how they turned out. Very excited for next quarters botanical illustration course.
If you would like a commissioned piece feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow I'll be live painting at the Tractor Tavern for this wondrous event. Event page HERE. Four bands AND a bellydancer. There will be a photobooth to take photos of your awesome outfits- yes psychedelic attire encouraged.
I did the above posters for the show as an experiment, the one on the left is digital, the right is colored pencil. The color of the colored pencil one is a bit off but you can see the colors are a bit richer. I've never done digital art before, just starting to get into it and there's so much available. I'll do a post soon of what I've been experimenting with. :)
First things first! Hope you're having a good life, solstice is upon us, lighter days are coming! Below are some of the pieces I did for my first quarter in the scientific illustration program!
I learned a lot this quarter. Most importantly, how to effectively use graphite and PEN AND INK. Stippling is life! I never understood the letters/numbers on graphite pencils and always used one for one drawing but graphite is like colored pencil, you don't use one shade for one color. . . more like 5. I love pen and ink, I think inktober pushed me into it as well but stippling has such a polished, professional look. The intro to photoshop workshops were also a treasure chest of knowledge for me, I've never used used the program before and it's essential in the industry. I even resized all these photos for web (wowzers, look at me!) I did do a couple assignments again outside of class through my own colored pencil style, below. Looking forward to next quarter but I now have an exciting commission to tackle!
My work will be up at Bon Voyage Vintage for the month of November! Opening reception on November 7th along with the Pioneer Square artwalk. There will be a new series hanging I haven't shown before! This Thursday we'll have live music by the amazingly talented Maya Marie and the wondrous Jose Simonet from 7:30-8:30.
FB Event HERE
For my first time participating in inktober I decided to do a leaf drawing a day. I didn't get to it every day but still did quite a few and I'm surprised to see how it evolved. Through the month I learned about stippling with India Ink and absolutely love it. Especially from a sustainability aspect. I hated always having to throw out micron pens. With India Ink, I got a large bulk container of ink, a wooden/cork pen, and metal nibs! So I'm very excited to explore this medium and start to wean off micron pens, or any other plastic pen for that matter.
Looking through these drawings you can really see how different pen types really affect the overall look of the piece. Overall, it was great to draw plants!
I recently applied and got into the Scientific Illustration program at UW. I've heard good things from other artists and thought it's be a good challenge. Sometimes you need an outside push to keep growing. The above amonite is an assignment from one of the classes. I'm only a couple weeks in and can tell it will be quite challenging.
After many years of dreaming and procrastinating, I'm finally doing inkober! I've decided to do a leaf sketch a day and post it on my instagram Here's a few done already:
I spent the past month traveling around Europe admiring the beautiful art nouveau architecture! Here's a few random drawings I did on the trip. I'll be posting a lot more on my site and blog now that I'm back, have a couple kewl projects in the works. :)
Open for commissions! Above are some I recently finished. Can be as big or small, complex or simple as you want. It was pretty fun doing the shark because I had a lot of freedom and could go big. The only ask was both the water and shark be psychedelic and there be more blue in the water. Which is good he said that, my initial thought was to do red/pink water with blues in the shark butit turned out great.
The bottom pieces were done for local band, PiNK BOA. Check out their tunes here: https://pinkboa.bandcamp.com/ you won't regret it! It was really fun to explore into op art, a form I absolutely love but haven't delved much into because I'm so bad at perspective and you really need your lines right when doing optical art. I should revisit perspective, I might not be that bad. . .
Hello! I'm Cascadian colored pencil artist extraodinaire.