Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Originals for sale & FREE coloring sheets!

These original watercolor paintings are now up in the shop! There are also prints at Society6.

Two of these illustrations are available as free coloring sheets--I forgot to scan the inks of the third one before I broke out my watercolors...oops! You can download both pictures as a hi-res print-ready PDF in my Gumroad shop.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Mermaid & the Polar Bear

This month my instagram feed was full of artists participating in MerMay, so I decided to join in! (Actually it was mostly an excuse to make myself draw polar bears.) I only finished three ink-and-watercolor pieces for this arctic fairy tale mashup--you can see larger images below--but here are super-scribbly sketches for the end of the story!
The original 5"x7" watercolor illustrations will be up in the shop soon, so check back or join the mailing list to be notified!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Watercolor Portrait

One of my Kickstarter backers commissioned a portrait of his wife in the style of the miniatures I sketched for Inktober 2016. As with the Inktober sketches, I limited the colors to brown and pink, with a bit of white highlighting. I love how perfectly the stylized updo-and-flowers look suits her!

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.