I have a long to-do list right now, so naturally I'm inspired to do anything but that. This little idea was quite an effective method of procrastination. I can't decide if I like the pale or dark background better--what do you think?
Prints (& more!) of both versions are available at my Society6 shop!
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Another fandom mashup--Doctor Who and Anne Steele! All the text was taken from Sense and Sensibility, so I think it's safe to say that Anne would consider the Doctor a potential beau if he ever had the misfortune to meet her. :)
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
The last month or so has been really busy for me, but here are a few recent pieces, all pen and ink linework with digital color.
Stargazing...in a giant terrarium, perhaps? Growing up, I'd scour the woods for interesting lichens, and I think something like giant pixie cup lichen found its way into this picture! Check out my Tumblr for a process gif.
Winter's just starting, but it's never too early to think about spring, right?
If Rapunzel had a smartphone, I think she would have been addicted to posting Instagram selfies and surfing Pinterest for embroidery designs and hair tutorials. You can see the colored pencil version of this on my Instagram--no selfies! ;)
the dragon we carved a few years ago, but this is one of our favorite fairy tales and it made us happy. :)
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Here's the time lapse video showing my inks. I scanned the linework and colored it digitally. (Full disclosure: as you can see on my instagram, I also watercolored the original, but with very indifferent results . . . I'll blame it on the first time trying this paper, ok?) Despite my sometimes wibbly-wobbly perspective--don't look too closely at the Tardis!--I really like the finished piece.
Check out my Society6 shop for prints, iphone cases, and t-shirts!
My sister still can't believe that while I was traveling last year I passed up not one--not two--but three opportunities to take a selfie with cardboard cutouts of the hero from You Who; do you think she'll finally forgive me if I give her a print of this picture?
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Monument Valley--and thoroughly enjoyed it! Here's my version of Princess Ida in what my youngest sister and I decided was definitely the most beautiful level.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Although I would never want to compare Edward Bear (Mr. Sanders?) to Mr. Collins, I can imagine a Regency Winnie-ther-Pooh proudly displaying his closet of honey pots to visitors, which prompted this non-canonical '95 Pride & Prejudice/Winnie the Pooh illustration!
The elaborate border and general Regencyishness were inspired by C. E. Brock's watercolor illustrations for Pride and Prejudice, and of course Pooh's design and the general color scheme were taken from Ernest H. Shepard's illustrations. Here you can see some of my thumbnails and the initial sketch (also on my Instagram account last week!) in Non-Photo Blue Pencil. Inking with my favorite Sepia Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens and watecoloring took about two hours.
ETA: If you use this link to my Society6 shop you'll get free shipping on your order until August 9th!
*Some links are affiliate
Friday, July 31, 2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015
|Pen & ink, Watercolor|
Monday, July 27, 2015
This is another time-lapse process video attempt--hey, I think my filming setup is improving somewhat--maybe next time I'll be able to keep my head out of the shot completely! Again, I started with a Non-Photo Blue Pencil sketch, inked with my favorite Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens (dark sepia, fine and superfine points) and then added watercolors.The whole inking/painting process took a little over an hour.
*Some links are affiliate
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
I started with a light sketch in Non-Photo Blue, then turned on the camera when I started to ink with Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens and add watercolors and a touch of Watercolor Pencils--but my camera ran out of space so the whole coloring process wasn't recorded. Oops.
This is my first time-lapse video, so it's kind of an experiment. Hopefully next time I will have learned to keep the camera focused and steady, figured out better lighting--and remembered to keep my head out of the way!
Prints are available at my Society6 Shop!
*Some links are affiliate
Friday, June 19, 2015
|Pen & Ink with digital color|
We're in the third year of a tent caterpillar invasion here; they're finally starting to disappear, but there were several weeks when you couldn't venture outside without having them drop on you from above or squish underfoot (most unpleasant in bare feet, as I know from unfortunate experience)!
Thursday, May 14, 2015
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.
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.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Prints available at my Society6 shop!
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
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!
Thursday, March 19, 2015
|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
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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.