Star Wars Elephant Series Commission

This wonderful and challenging mini-series was commissioned by a family friend for their newborn baby’s nursery. After seeing my comic book teddy bears, and wanting to have a elephant theme for little Logan, they asked if it was possible for me to make Star Wars Elephants. Well, I certainly hadn’t tried before, and a few sketches later, we decided I was more than happy to accept the challenge!

Three months later, these watercolored little cuties are home with their baby to raise that little guy up right!

I’m toying with doing a few more of these, just because, though I’ll have these prints available in my Etsy shop soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

Each of these paintings is 11 x 8.5 inches, inked using Dr. PH. Martin’s Black Star Matte India Ink and Dr. PH. Martin’s HYDRUS Watercolor sets 1 and 2.

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Yodaphant Process Video

Hey, all! Last year, I received a commission request to do a series of three Star Wars-themed Elephants. The commissioner had requested Darth Maul, Boba Fett, and Yoda. I’ll post pictures of all three once I have them cleaned up and ready for the public, but until then, enjoy this little time-lapse video of the inking to watercolor process of the third and final piece finished for the set–ย Yodaphant!

Let me know what you think! I’m starting to get the hang of video editing, I think… ๐Ÿ™‚

An Update! Woohoo!!

My goodness, it has been awhile! I haven’t forgotten about posting artwork online, I promise! I’ve been terribly busy as of late, however, and haven’t produced anything worth posting about. I’m working to fix that, and have been working away at several long term projects recently. I have a handful of books I’m working at and planning, and have started another side project under a different name that I’m playing a little close to home. Other wise, i’ve been working. A lot.

In the end, however, those are all just excuses and it’s high time I kicked my game back into gear. So, here’s a card. ๐Ÿ™‚

No Sharing on Your BirthdayA very dear friend of mine loves her rats, so it seemed fitting to make her an adorable card featuring them. As usual, the colors are a little odd (thank you scanner) but the message comes across well enough. Enjoy!

I’m heading into the biggest birthday month of the year, so there’ll be an influx in cards uploaded to the blog. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoy making them! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Announcements Sent Forth!

Variety Ready to go

Commencement Announcements have been finished and officially sent out into the world.

If you aren’t sure you’re going to get one, or I don’t have your address, please let me know and get that to me ASAP, okay?

I’ve learned a valuable lesson with all of this…

… Order them professionally next. They will not only look better, but be less of a headache.

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Thank You Banner for a Thank You Party?

Thank You Balloons

The second of my Thank You card series. Still not quite happy with it, but happy enough! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Enjoy.

Once I have these mocked up, I’ll post more pictures so you can see the 3D elements– If I go with those.

Cultural Safari Project

I don’t usually think to post my sketches up on here, but in retrospect, I don’t see why I shouldn’t. Sketches are an important process to every artist, whether they’re sketches of a piece commissioned, random doodles enjoyed over a cup of coffee, or observational scribbles. As a student, one of my classes this semester is focussed entirely around the sketchbook and trying to get us back into them, because theyย are very important. It’s an importance that gets lost in the hustle-bustle, busy-body world of present day. I miss sketching, and so they will be periodically popping up onto my blog, to remind myself and others that there is always time to sit down and draw a little something.


An added twist to this assignment, and to explain the entree title, is that only one of the two sketchbooks I’m required to keep this semester will remain with me. Sketchbooks are often thought to be very personal objects, but as in Illustrator you need to learn to be a little less attached. The school supplied the smaller of my books, and it will be returned to the school, for the KCAI Illustration Library to be kept and used by future students for inspiration– or a good laugh. Exciting, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, enjoy!

Mural for a Little Girl’s Bedroom

While I was out of town, a customer I had spoken to last Christmas left her name and number at the store so I could call her to discuss painting a Mural for her daughter’s bedroom. It was a really neat thing to do since I haven’t painted on a wall in YEARS. It turned out great. While I can’t claim the concepts for the images as my own, the job was a lot of fun and I hope her sweet little Olivia enjoys her new “French Themed” walls.