Archives: Illustrations

Bookwhale

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Book Worm, Etsy, Handmade, Illustrations, Process

I’m sure you have heard of bookworms, but have you heard of bookwhales?  They are a real little subculture and so interesting.  These particular whales gather in their cozy knits and talk about their favorite stories.

They chit chat when they attend their weekly book clubs of course.  Fascinating.

This cute little guy is available in my shop.

I would love it if you would say hi, comments are my favorite.  Have a great day!

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Crushin’ – Susan Rubin

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Fangirl, Illustrations, Out and About

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Now that I think about it, the DAM exhibit last weekend was just okay for me.  I was expecting more work by the headlining artists but there was one Frida piece, one Van Gogh piece, etc.  When my Mom and I arrived, we got there a little early and looked around. In the artist’s studio area there are big blank pads of paper ready for you to draw with whatever they have available to you.  They also have artists create right there and people are encouraged to come by and watch them work.  We saw the the most beautiful colored pencil botanical illustrations and we were both in awe of the artist, Susan Rubin.  One of the pieces was an illustration of a type of bean and then in the lower corner there was an actual seed packet with the same illustration.  We both thought the artist reproduced the vintage packaging illustration into her own.  We were corrected by one of the workers who said that this is the artist who drew the illustration for the packaging.  The larger version was the original.

The bonus was that Susan would be in the studio early in the day so we would get to see her work.  We did head over there when we were done with the exhibit and to watch her work was a treat.  She uses colored pencils on mylar and the effect is gorgeous.  She enjoys looking through her layers of colored pencil just like I like looking through my layers of watercolor.  So meticulous and soothing.  She told us about her process and how she teaches botanical illustration as well.  I had no idea that profession was so small with about 1,000 botanical illustration artists in the country.  When you consider there are probably 3,000 dentists in Colorado alone, that put into perspective how small that subset is.

Such an unexpected treat!

Chirp.

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Etsy, Illustrations, Parenthood, Process

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I had an epiphany this weekend.  Since I’ve been “out of the game” or at least feeling like it for so long, I didn’t know how to get back in the saddle.  I love my baby girl SO much and I feel guilty even uttering any negative words that can come off as excuses for the brakes being pushed pretty hard on my illustration life.  Back in the day I had time to let my mind drift, sketch and let that sketch turn into something.  In the back of my mind that has still been there but growing, falling over and getting back up again in this new chapter called motherhood has taken first place.  Rightfully so but there are other art mamas (you inspire me!) that are doing both and then some so I can do it too.

My epiphany was that I had to change my art process.  Completely.  There aren’t enough hours in the day and I am the only piece of the puzzle that can change.  So I got back in my saddle aka desk chair and got to work.  A couple weeks ago baby girl took a 3 hour nap so I was able to completely ditch my old watercolor palette, wash it out and refill it.  There were paints I had squeezed into the corners of my palette and they were bleeding into my paint puddles, my watercolors were rock hard and crusty (a huge no-no).  So once I reloaded it and used it for the first time, it felt so great.  This is how watercolor is supposed to act.  Free flowing and unpredictable.

This little guy appeared and I hope many more appear to join him.

Chirp watercolor print available in my shop.

Lovey Dubby Lettering.

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Illustrations, Process, Type

Every room in the house is now officially organized so that has freed me up to do more of what I love.  Art.  Yahoo!  I have been working on a hand lettering Skillshare class by Mary Kate McDevitt for awhile now.  This project consists of lettering  a short phrase so I chose, “Do what you love.  Love what you do.”

Short and sweet.  Here is some of my progress so far from brainstorming to layout.

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I played around with different styles for the word Love.

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Then some different compositions of the words themselves.

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I liked this look the best and tightened up the sketch using my light box.

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Then I tried to ink it but my bristol paper wasn’t working.  The ink was bleeding everywhere so I upgraded to some Strathmore Drawing paper and I did a little test, success!  I think I’ll have time to ink this again this weekend.

I love where this is going and my admiration only grows for artists who have this skill.  It is not easy, but practice makes better right?

Traveling.

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Good News, Illustrations

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Hi there.  This was the sunset we had on Sunday, absolutely crazy beautiful.  I have been working, playing, running, jumping, reading, cleaning, organizing, eating, decorating and planning.  Thanksgiving was a good time.  We hosted for the first time and ended up ordering the whole meal from Mimi’s.  Long story short all of us were too busy to make things from scratch.  I did make a peach cobbler though just because I thought the pie wasn’t big enough for all of us.  Next year we will cook and go all out.  I’ll probably end up making a side of some sort for Christmas.

I cannot believe we will be on vacation all next week.  We are going on an adventure to Vancouver!  We are flying to Seattle and thens driving to Vancouver.  Four years ago we went for the first time in spring when the winter Olympics were there that year.  This time we are going in winter and I have no idea what to expect.  I keep looking at the forecast but you still don’t really know.  I think I’ll be wearing a lot of layers to play it safe.  This is our first time flying with our little 18 month old munchkin so I am excited about that but a little anxious too.  She has been a little grumpster lately and we are noticing some molars coming in.  We have family in Vancouver so that is the main thing we are focusing on, spending time with his sister and her family.

I did order a car seat carrier and a stroller carrier too.  I need to buy a little $20 Cosco stroller from Target as well.  So much to do.  If you have any tips for traveling with munchkins, please let me know.

Oh and also, my Pepperminty Hot Chocolate recipe for They Draw and Cook is up on the jumbotron this week.  I love this hipster Santa illustration.  Awesome!

Have a great night!