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Free Coloring Sheet Download: Lantern Woods

December 27, 2016

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!

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

December 08, 2016

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:


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.


Cupcake Toppers!

December 03, 2016

My youngest sister just had a birthday party with a loosely Asian theme. I think her main goal was to watch all of her friends use chopsticks! As I've admitted before, my sisters and I watch Korean dramas now and then (or perhaps oftener) :) so I designed some little Hanbok-inspired ladies to top her birthday cupcakes.

I wasn't able to give them as much time as I wished to--I had planned to add some embroidery patterns to the cuffs and shoulder--but my sister was still happy. We covered them in wide tape so the ink wouldn't come off in the frosting.

If you'd like to throw your own party, here's a printable sheet of nine cupcake toppers!


Inktober 2016!

November 02, 2016
This is the third or fourth year I've attempted the Inktober challenge--posting an ink drawing every day during the month of October--and the first year I've actually accomplished it! I decided my theme would be Regency-inspired miniatures, to go along with the Jane Austen coloring book Kickstarter which was running during October. Here are all 31 little ladies; pen and ink with just a touch of watercolor.

(A few of these original miniatures are still available to purchase in the shop!) 
If you want to see previous Inktober attempts, here is a week's worth of 2014 Inktober sketches, and of course last year's Inktober project eventually turned into George and the Dragonvine!
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Self-Portrait Day

November 01, 2016
Today is self-portrait day! Here's the portrait I drew last month so I'd have a consistent profile photo across all my social media accounts. 
It's sketched in ink, then scanned, converted to vector, and digitally colored. I chose the colors and style to go along with my Jane Austen coloring book.
(Speaking of She Coloured . . . proofs have arrived & this is the last day to back the project on Kickstarter!)
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Jane Austen Miniprints!

October 20, 2016
Here are the three miniprints available through the Jane Austen coloring book Kickstarter--the second and third ones will be included free with every physical copy of the book!

These illustrations are also included in the coloring book as line art. You can see the ink illustrations here! For the miniprints, I decided to color the illustrations and remove the linework for a minimalist look. I tried to choose color schemes that, while not being too "matchy-matchy", blend well when displayed together.
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Of course the first quote is from Pride & Prejudice! It's in autumnal colors, as this scene takes place in September or October. And, of course, astute Janeites will notice the color of Mr. Darcy's coat as a subtle homage to another--albeit movie adaptation--quote. :)
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The second quote is from Mansfield Park. It comes near the end of the book when Edmund and Fanny are about to get their happily-ever-after, so I decided to show them stargazing--this time undistracted by any pernicious Crawfords!
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The third miniprint features a quote from Emma to Frank Churchill during the memorable strawberry picking party at Donwell Abbey. I love the body language of the two characters and the way the bright, fresh, summery colors turned out!

The Kickstarter campaign still has a bit under two weeks before it's over, so if you'd like a copy of these prints, you can back the project--or share it with your Austen-loving friends!

Northanger Abbey's fickle Isabella is convinced this is the only coloring book for her:

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Illustration Friday: Harvest

October 17, 2016

It's been a while since I've submitted to Illustration Friday, but this week's topic, "Harvest", fits well with this illustration from George and the Dragonvine of George and his mother finishing the harvest and preparing the garden for winter. My sister and I just did this--hauling squash and cucumber vines out of the garden, that is, not dragonvines!--and it's a pretty prickly job. I think I should have drawn my characters wearing gloves!

In other news, my Jane Austen coloring book Kickstarter is over 340% funded--WOW! We've reached a couple of stretch goals, so now all coloring books will come with two mini art prints! I'll post those up on the blog soon, or hop over to the Kickstarter campaign's update page for a preview!

Mr. Collins thinks Lady Catherine would want you to pledge and get your own copy to color:

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She Coloured: 24 Illustrated Jane Austen Quotes!

October 04, 2016

If you've been following along on Instagram, you've seen lots of Jane Austen art over the last month or so--well, today is the day the Kickstarter for She Coloured: 24 Illustrated Jane Austen Quotes goes live! I really enjoyed putting together the book and the rewards. You can see all of the illustrations and quotes included in the coloring book on this page.
 Here are some of the other rewards you can get in addition to the coloring book!

I had some fun writing Austen-inspired testimonials from characters in the books. Mrs. Elton is first in line to tell us what she thinks of coloring:



August 18, 2016

It's fun to see how many expressions can be achieved with mix-and-match facial features!

From Sketch to Illustration

July 18, 2016
This is the last of four behind-the-scenes posts about the Dragonvine story I've been sharing on Instagram! Here I show how I took my Instagram sketches and turned them into digital illustrations:

You can see all the original sketches on my Instagram account under #dragonvinestory or on my Dragonvine Pinterest board!

Here's the texture I used for this project. I've intended to experiment with making some painted textures for some time, and I finally did! I wanted the brush strokes to be fairly visible, so I just dabbed the paint around until I thought it would give an interesting texture.


I Ponder the Meaning of Life

July 11, 2016
This is the third of four behind-the-scenes posts about the Dragonvine story I've been sharing on Instagram. I truly meant to finish my Inktober commitment, and I ALMOST made it! Days 1 to 25 went just fine, but then . . . I ran into a problem. A project-halting problem. So, between having No Time (real life was kinda crazy for a few months there!) and No Theme, the Dragonvine story took a half-year hiatus. Here's how I got back on track:

You can see all the original sketches on my Instagram account under #dragonvinestory or on my Dragonvine Pinterest board!

Next! From Sketch to Illustration

More Dragonvine illustrations!

July 05, 2016
I'm coloring illustrations for the Dragonvine story when I have a chance. I like the dragon's ingratiating grin. Do you think the boy's mother will be persuaded?

And just for fun, here's the minimalist version!

Dragonvine Rules

July 04, 2016
This is the second of four behind-the-scenes posts about the Dragonvine story I've been sharing on Instagram. I'm a great starter of projects, but finishing is sometimes a challenge. I gave myself some rules to keep a daily sketch project manageable, and they did--as long as I knew what I needed to draw next!--but more on that in the next post.

You can see all the original sketches on my Instagram account under #dragonvinestory or on my Dragonvine Pinterest board!


Catching Up...

June 20, 2016
Another piece from last month! It had been sitting in my sketchbook for a while, so  I decided to give it some digital color.
Have you been following my sketch-a-day story on Instagram? Here's the first picture reworked with digital color and a fun texture. Look for more of this personal project in the next month or so!

Speaking of projects, I've also given my site a mobile-friendly overhaul--stop by and take a look!


June 14, 2016

Last month I did this series of illustrations with my Storybird audience in mind. I'm not exactly sure what's happening, but I hope it looks like an adventure! What do you think the story is?

Climbing Ruins

May 30, 2016
I was able to spend a day exploring ancient temples in Asia a few months ago. This is basically a self-portrait! It was so interesting to see all the elaborate carvings.
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Very Odd!--an Austen/Potter Mashup

May 09, 2016
In the same spirit as my Happy Thought Indeed Austen/Milne mashup, here Lady Catherine meets Jemima Puddle-duck and her ducklings. Only four of them hatched, which Jemima says is because of her nerves, but Lady Catherine knows that she has always been a bad sitter.

If you explore my Instagram archives you can see the sketch for this piece--it's been lurking in my mind for months!

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