I'm excited to announce that I have a feature in this month's issue of ImagineFX!
The magazine hit newsstands in the UK September 8th, 2017, I'll let you know when I get a hold of my copy here in the States.
Apparently our local bookstore doesn't carry the magazine (maybe my small town is a bit too small?) so we are heading up to the next largest town to pick up a copy once we can chisel sometime for a road trip.
"Yavanna: Queen of the Earth, Giver of the Fruits", watercolor on paper.
Yavanna has been a dear character to me since reading the Silmarillion for a class project almost 10 years ago. She is one of the Valor, a creator being of Middle Earth, in charge of the care of all things that grow.
I've made several attempts already to illustrate her and this is the third. I have a feeling I will continue to illustrate her for years to come because to me she represents the wild creative. For her, anything is possible and that's a rather intimidating task as an artist. As I continue to grow artistically, so will my idea of her.
Yavanna is now up for bidding at this month's Changeling Artist Collective Auction! Please visit: http://tinyurl.com/thereandbackagain2 for more information!
This last week has been spent working on a new painting. I always enjoy the process of painting, but since this has been one of the first that I've done in quite a while, I really sank my teeth into it. I was inspired by a drawing in my sketchbook I did during the hash-tag Mermay challenge. I jumped right into a color sketch and from there worked out my composition and tonal study. Once I was satisfied that I knew which direction I wanted to head, I went ahead sketched my under-drawing then went to work on building my watercolor layers. Stay tuned to see how the final illustration turned out!
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"Don't you want your heart eaten?", asked the fire. It was definitely the fire that spoke.
I just finished up reading "Howl's Moving Castle" by Diana Wynne Jones and played around with some color sketches of one of my favorite characters, Calcifer. Who's your favorite character?
The Changeling Artist Collective turns ONE today!
To celebrate they are having a giveaway. Simply head over to their page and comment on the item you would like to win.
My limited-edition print, "There are no Strangers here" will be there along with other great work!
For this month's Changeling's art auction held on Facebook, I created a little whimsical illustration entitled, "There are no strangers here". A vignette about companionship and the joyful art of conversation.
Bidding starts on April 10th at noon, EDT and ends April 14th at noon, EDT: http://tinyurl.com/glitter-changeling
I just recently completed 'Spidertree Woman' for the next Changeling Art Auction: 'Strange Brew'. For information on how to bid on this piece, please visit the Changeling's Facebook page for this online event:
The following post is a little glimpse into my process for creating a watercolor painting.
First I start off with my sketch. I usually don't get much more detailed than what you see here. I transfer my image onto watercolor paper using transfer paper. I usually have to erase up most of the transfer lines because they are too dark.
The next step is to block in the color. My biggest weakness is making the blocked-in color too dark, so I'm very conscious of this step. I try to let there be some variations and let happy accidents happen as they may. I'd say for about as many happy accidents that happen, there are just as many un-happy accidents. The key is to try to make them look intentional.
From here on out its just slowly adding details.
And that's pretty much it. This watercolor painting is all ready for the Changeling Art Auction: 'Strange Brew'!
The online auction opens March 13th at noon, EST and ends March 17th at noon, EST:
Goodness gracious me, I've just hit 4,000 Instagram followers!! As a massive thank you to everyone in this wonderful community who follows and supports my work - I am having a PRINT GIVE-AWAY!
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The Thistle Queen started out with inspiration from nature. Cotey and I frequently take short hikes around our home and this day we wandered around Willow Lake in Prescott, AZ. I found a blooming thistle. What initially attracted me was the bees buzzing around it, but I was unable to capture them clearly with my camera phone. What I did capture, was a beautiful blooming thistle.
A few days later I sketched out the Queen in my sketchbook.
It took me a month or so to come back to the Thistle Queen. I wasn't ready to take her to color right away. A lot of times, I like to let things sit and sink in before I begin with the next step.
Once I adjusted the image to fit the size of paper I wanted to use, I then transferred the image with transfer paper. Then I blocked in the colors using my watercolor paints.
Next step, I start to add pencil on top of the watercolor. Using it as my darkest dark, use it to define the lines; also using a light gradient to enhance form.
I alternated between pencil and watercolor till I get the desired effect. Once I feel its where I want it to be, I add metallic paint and its finished!
I wanted to illustrate a tribute to Joanna Newsom's latest album, "Divers", but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. I've recently started using a sketchbook habitually, which I've been wanting to do for quite a while, but never actually took the time to do. That is where the illustration for "Swaying and Swooning" started. Below is the two illustrations that I had doodled without really thinking of a specific concept.
Next I spent some time listening and thinking about her album which is where I came up with the final sketch.
I tried a new method of digitally coloring the sketch in broad color tones. In the end, I felt that it didn't provide me with enough information. Next time, I think I'll try digitally doing a tonal study and then a tiny color study in gouache. I feel like I learn more about the color relationships when I can physically mix the color. It is also more satisfying to play with paints.
In the end I feel the illustration was successful and I learned so much about my process. I'm anxious to start another painting to see if I can efficiently refine my method.