Saturday, February 4, 2017

Howl's Moving Castle Fanart & free wallpaper download!


"Get back here, Calcifer! I'm still cooking breakfast!"

Howl's Moving Castle is one of my (many, many, many) favorite books--sorry to all you movie people, but I'm definitely a book purist!--so it's kind of surprising that this is only the second piece of fan art I've done. (We'll have to fix that.)
I scanned my inks and decided to color it the lazy way! I ran the GMIC colorize lineart filter in Gimp which gave me a wonderful patchwork of colors, then used the fill tool to combine larger areas of color and define shadows in Sophie's dress and hair. I selected Calcifer and colorized him, which unified the colors, but kept a variety of values. (Calcifer is two layers--a blue one and a yellow one, with layer masks to blend the two together.) I finished it off with an ink-and-tea texture I made recently.
free howl's moving castle wallpaper

Monday, January 2, 2017

Pride & Prejudice Kickstarter Commissions!

Happy New Year! Here's a peek at the original illustrations I did for two of the top-tier backers for my She Coloured Kickstarter! They both chose quotes from Pride & Prejudice.



...He looked for a moment at Elizabeth, till catching her eye, he withdrew his own and coldly said: “She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me.”

Mr. Bingley followed his advice. Mr. Darcy walked off; and Elizabeth remained with no very cordial feelings toward him. She told the story, however, with great spirit among her friends; for she had a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in anything ridiculous.


Pride & Prejudice, Chapter 3
This was a super fun quote to illustrate; Lizzie tells her friends the story of Darcy's snub with "great spirit" and a pose somewhat mirroring his own haughty attitude.



“Oh! my dear, I am quite delighted with [Mr. Bingley]. He is so excessively handsome! And his sisters are charming women. I never in my life saw anything more elegant than their dresses. I dare say the lace upon Mrs. Hurst’s gown—”

Here she was interrupted again. Mr. Bennet protested against any description of finery.

Pride & Prejudice, Chapter 3
Ok, not Canon Austen, but this quote from the '95 BBC version is certainly true to the scene's spirit! I like how Mr. Bennet is almost lost in the pattern of the wallpaper and chair. The lacy borders are inspired by images of Regency-era lace and embroidery. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Free Coloring Sheet Download: Lantern Woods


Lantern Woods
Appearing quite ordinary by day, the soft luminescence of these woods is breathtaking by moonlight. It is best to find the Lady of the Lamp as a guide,or you will be led astray by pesky thicket fairies.


I'm doing a bit of year-end housekeeping with my art and rediscovered this coloring page from last spring. It is (possibly, eventually) part of a larger project, but for now I'm sharing it with you. Download the free printable PDF file here!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Happy Birthday, Jane! + Free Shipping!

Today is Jane Austen's birthday, so I'm celebrating with a FREE shipping code in the shop.
HAPPYBIRTHDAYJANE will get you free domestic shipping until the 20th!


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Mini Art Print Sale! Use "40offprints"" to save 40%


I've just about wrapped up Kickstarter fulfillment, so to celebrate I'm offering a coupon code for the mini art prints now available in the shop! Use this code:

40offprints 

to save 40% on one, two, or a set of all three 5"x7" minimalist prints!
(You can read more about the mini print artwork here.)

Most of my Inktober sketches went to Kickstarter backers, but the remaining sketches are now in the shop. It was interesting to see which sketches were claimed first; some of my personal favorites are still available.