Thursday, May 14, 2015

Jane Austen Dress Up App--now live!


So, I've been rather absent from the blog for the last month, but that doesn't mean I wasn't drawing! If you follow me on Instagram you probably know what was keeping me busy--Jane Austen Dress Up!
Above is the menu screen graphic, which also found its way into my Storybird shop.

This project involved lots of dresses, and lots of hair--some of my favorite things! I'm still not comfortable enough with my tablet to go all-digital for the initial linework, so here you see my inks, all ready to scan, clean up, and digitally color.


I learned a lot about things like spritesheets. It was super fun to see the spritesheets full of colored dresses and accessories!
Here are some screenshots of the finished app and the different item selection screens.

 One of the (many, many) screenshots I've saved with the app--you know, what I've been spamming Instagram with. ;)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Only a Paper Moon

This was a just-for-fun piece I did a while ago, though I'm only now getting around to posting it! I enjoyed designing the stylized stage scenery--I wanted the stage to be colorful, while the framing curtains look pale and monochromatic. And of course that's my favorite-ever sort of dress to draw!

Prints available at my Society6 shop!

Monday, March 23, 2015

IF: Ruckus

They passed several Stirlings, who groaned and reflected that now spring was come they would encounter that shameless pair everywhere. 
My sister gave me The Blue Castle for my birthday last week. I'm remembering again just how much I like this book, and suddenly I had to draw Valancy and Barney out for a drive in Lady Jane Grey.

Visit Society6 for prints of my illustrations, including this one!

Storybird Interview

Storybird
Last week Storybird interviewed my on their blog. I've enjoyed being part of the Storybird community, and I was happy to share a bit about myself and my work! {read the interview}

Thursday, March 19, 2015

IF: Strong

Dip pen & ink
My great-grandfather fired on a steam shovel in the late 1890s. The story is that the ornery engineer went through a lot of firemen because he complained they weren't keeping up. He came back to chew great-grandpa out because he wanted more pressure--and just then the safety valve popped off! That kind of took the steam out of him. (Heh, heh.) 

This is for a personal project I just started, tentatively entitled "My Great-Grandmother's Accidental Double Wedding". Family history, picture-book style! Next I'll do an ink wash and add some watercolors.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Queen of the Pond

Pen & ink, watercolor
Although the pond in front of our place is still covered in ice and there will be no frogs and turtles for a while, there's all sorts of hopeful springishness (is that a word?) in this picture!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

IF: Path


Breaking a path through the snowy woods is excellent exercise--though I'm not too sorry that our snow is almost gone already!

Pen & ink sketch, scanned and digitally colored.

Here you can see the steps of the coloring process.

I've recently picked up stranded knitting, and Norwegian Selbu patterns definitely influenced the boy's sweater and mittens! The girl's coat detail was inspired by Norwegian rosemal designs.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lighthouse Island


Several years ago I got to visit Isle Royale in Lake Superior. We did lots of boating, hiking, and of course took lots of pictures! To the left is one of my favorites: Menagerie Lighthouse. I used this photo as my inspiration--and color guide!

Pen & ink, digital color
Find it in my Storybird shop!

Friday, February 27, 2015

IF: Reflection

Mentioned briefly in "The Last Battle" is Swanwhite the Queen, so beautiful that her reflection lingers in the forest pool for a year and a day afterward. I imagine that the dryads would come out and look at it after she'd gone.

Pen and ink, scanned & cleaned up in Inkscape and digitally colored. There's a bit of the sketch on my instagram. And hurrah!--we are two months into 2015 and I have so far kept my Not-Officially-Resolution to post something every week for Illustration Friday. 
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