• art

    Fairy House

    There are so many cute houses for fairies out there that I just had to make my own. I had the idea to create a fairy house (town?) on the side of a tree using the types of mushrooms you see growing there.    I drew this on my Samsung tablet and I honestly don’t think it would have come together without the ability to zoom in and out to get all those little details. Paper can only take so much of a beating before you just can’t take it any further. Poor abused paper.     Starting off by sketching in the tree bark, which is the light rusty…

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    March Patreon Goodies

      This past month had been a loooow month of creativity and mojo for me, until a few days ago really. In those couple days I busted out the 2 exclusive line arts that are available for patrons, Pulling Strings and Nature.     Both of these pieces were drawn on Samsung tablet. I’m really enjoying this method of drawing, it takes away that worry that you’re going to royally mess something up when inking or sketching, hallelujah for the undo button! Its pretty freeing. If you want to know more about that you can read the big blog post.   Another fun thing about drawing on the tablet is…

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    Bamboo Stylus Feel + Samsung Note 10.1

    I don’t think I’ve ever ordered something so fast in my entire life.   Once I spotted my newest art supply love on Instagram I said, and I quote… “OH SHIT!” closed that tab, opened Amazon, put it in the cart and ordered it within 2 minutes, thank you Prime!     I’ve had the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 ed) for a while but once I got my giganto phone, Note4, the tablet saw less and less use, its been in a drawer for at least 6 months. I absolutely love the stylus ability that comes with the Note but, and if you have one we can commiserate, its…

  • art,  Portfolio

    Faded, a new art print

    My latest art print, Faded, was an interesting process and didn’t end up as I expected it to.       When I drew the line art, I knew that I wanted to do a very dramatic lighting with this piece, her sultry expression demanded it.    On my other pieces I started out with a base color in the area I was working on and build up my colors, this was similar but instead of building up highlights, shadows and midtones on my base, the entire base was my shadow. I worked in a monotone of navy blue thru a pale blue, on top I added highlights in yellows…

  • art,  drawing,  Portfolio,  sketch

    Between the Real and the Odd

    Art is always an evolution and lately I’ve been playing around in my Ballpoint Pen Sketchbook, seeing if I could get something part way between my realistic style and my Odd style.   Here’s what I came up with…     What do you think?   An need smish of both worlds. Kaylee and her crew look nothing like, at 6 years old, that they did in year one, and while I don’t foresee them having any giant changes coming up, bridging that gap and seeing where it takes me is another art adventure. The style I use for Some Odd Girl is one I developed all on my own,…

  • art,  Digital Painting,  Portfolio

    Raise, new art print

    Woohoo! First official full week of my new blog schedule, if you missed it last week, Monday’s are Art days. I wanted to share a bit more with you about my latest art print, Raise. Its my third print since starting this part of my art journey. I really feel like there’s been a learning curve with picking up new techniques and coming to grips with the differences between traditional mediums that were my go to’s and this. Besides the fact that I can not, as of yet, go color in bed while watching tv, that is a goal for the future. In the first piece, Wind, it was mostly,…

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    January Patreon Goodies!

    Happy New Year! I’m excited for 2016, it might be pretty clique but a new year always seems like a clear slate and new possibilities. Today I get to send out the goodies for my lovely patrons on Patreon. They will be getting (as soon as the manager quits 504-ing on me) the line art for Raise, my latest digital art print on Society6, as well as the line art for Smoke, and a January downloadable desktop calendar background. That background is just an extra goodie I’ve enjoyed making and I hope they’ve liked using them. I’m not sure yet what February will be bringing you yet Patrons but its the month…

  • art,  Digital Painting,  speed coloring

    Stars Speed Painting Process Video

    I realized while working on my 2 latest art prints that digital painting has come a crazy long way since I made my last big piece in 2003. Photoshop 5.5 was the program I worked with (not CS5 like now lol that’s like 10 versions ago) then and techniques have really evolved. Consequently I am relearning as I go and really don’t know if my way is the best way (is it ever? ha) to do it but even if its not I am really enjoying it! I super love my markers but this is giving me a whole new avenue to play with color that isn’t as easy in…

  • art,  Coloring Tutorial,  Uncategorized

    Coloring Faces Ebook

    I’m super excited (and nervous to tell the truth) to be putting out my Coloring Faces ebook today! I’ve been picking away at this thing for 2+ years and finally decided to go for it and get it out there. There are many great ebooks out but I think this one will give you a unique perspective. In it I share techniques to “seeing” the shape of the face then applying that to all the stylized images we know and love. Its a bit more “in depth” probably than some coloring tut books out there as its to show you how to approach an face with some anatomy behind it,…