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

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. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sailing on a Leaf

I sketched this last fall for Inktober. It took me a while to get it scanned, cleaned up, and colored, but this adventurous little lady is now featured in my Storybird and Society6 shops!

Here's the original idea scribbled in a margin, and the pen and ink sketch:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The time has come, the artist said... get an Instagram account 'specially for Art! I usually post more process and sketchbook shots on instagram than on my blog, and maybe I'll get out some of my Very Ancient Sketchbooks for throwback Thursdays. Come follow me! AmandaIllustrates

Friday, February 20, 2015

IF: Metropolis

Mark my words, there's an Aunt at the bottom of it.
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