Jul 16, 2012

An Adventure of the Mind

A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.
~ Eugène Ionesco, playwright

I used to sit and stare at the pictures in storybooks when I was little.  I enjoyed the stories, but it was especially intriguing the way an illustration could take you on a journey, providing an actual glimpse into the story's adventures.  Pictures made stories really come alive; I think that's what sparked my interest in becoming an illustrator myself... Every project is kind of a "choose your own adventure" for me!

Illustration Friday's "Lost" theme reminded me of the Lost City of Atlantis.

 This week's Shirt.Woot entry for the "Crests and Heraldry" Derby; Woot members, please vote now!!!

For Shirt.Woot's "Beauty Within" Derby, I went with a Smaug-and-Dwarves design.

Playing around with my new ArtRage Studio Pro program, I did a sketch of Merida from Brave.


Jun 6, 2012

Rodent of Asgard

"The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value."
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

After a frustrating afternoon of drawing, then deleting, then sketching, then finding umpteen more reference pics, then drawing again, then deleting again, then shaking an angry fist at the heavens in frustration .... I got a little random inspiration from a friend.  And then, voila!  "Loki Hamster" was born.

The IF theme this week is "Hurry" -- as in, Loki Hamster don't hurry cuz Loki Hamster don't care.

And this is a little study for a sketch I did on an envelope the other day.

May 30, 2012

A Legend, Faded

Howdy, y'all!  I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend.  Just a quick post to show you a piece I did the other day for Illustration Friday's "Faded" theme -- I decided to put a Norse-mythology spin on this theme, with a rough sketch of Odin and his ravens, Huginn ("Thought") and Muninn ("Memory").

"A Legend, Faded"

May 25, 2012

Light in the Darkness

"To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist."
~ Robert Schumann

Dear fellow artists, illustrators, freelancers -- I know that, at one time or another, most of us have been mistreated by clients, expected to work for nothing, instructed to meet impossible deadlines, overloaded with assignments, baffled by unclear guidelines... It happens, and it can leave us a little bitter and jaded.  But let's not forget that sometimes, we need to use our artistic skills "not for good, but for awesome".  Carving a little time out of your day to help someone out can yield mutual benefits, and that's a good thing.  So let your artsy light shine, friends!

A blog header design I cobbled together the other day for blogger rivanphoenix -- check out her blog, if you've got a sec! ["Robotron Wreaks Havoc" image used with permission from Woot, Inc.]

"Seer's Orb" -- an old sketch from the archives; I thought it applied to last week's Illustration Friday theme, "Sight".

Looking to do a quick sketch, I revisited my "Le Petit Chat Noir" concept...


May 9, 2012

Everyday Life and Kittens

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” 
~Pablo Picasso

I suppose everyday life may be dusty for some, but this rolling stone certainly doesn't get a chance to gather moss these days.  My husband and I pretty much lost the month of April, when our space-time continuum was mangled by the birth of a litter of kittens on our back porch.  After some drama, we were left with a tiny newborn orange tabby, rejected by the mama cat.  Since April 4, our lives have revolved around the new arrival, dubbed "Hobbes" (like Calvin and Hobbes); problematic bottle nipples, syringe feeding, trips to the ER vet, trips to the regular vet, feeding in the wee hours, first steps, teething, litter-box training... it's worn us out and made us happy, all at once.  Gotta love tiny kittens! Lately, he's gotten old enough to let me get in some artz time.  It's great being able to draw again!

Illustration Friday's theme this week is "Hitched", so I did a sketch of a certain galactic hitchhiker named Arthur Dent.

Shirt.Woot has brought back my "Bake It So!" design -- this time on an apron!  Get 'em while they're hot!

Some tidbits from the children's book I'm illustrating...


Meet the latest addition to the household: "Hobbes" -- part orange tabby kitten/part homicidal jungle cat :-P

Mar 20, 2012

After All This Time

Hello, all!  Just a quick post to let you know that "After All This Time", my Harry Potter-themed design, won second place in Shirt.Woot's "One Word" Derby!  This shirt will be available for a limited time -- so, Accio Shirt! [NOTE: Sorry, this shirt's no longer available.]

Also, I did a little French Bulldog sketch for Illustration Friday's "Shades" theme...

Feb 21, 2012

Les Bons Temps

"Great work comes from great joy. 
Leave the angst for the movies; do art that is fun."
~Jack White

Laissez les bons temps rouler, mes amis!  Happy Mardi Gras, y'all!  No parades and beads for me today, but I did indulge in some dirty rice for lunch today, in honor of Nawlins' festivities -- does that count??

Speaking of bons temps ["good times"], this is a sketch I did today for fun -- for Illustration Friday's "Fluid" theme.

Jan 27, 2012

Portrait of Night-time

“She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes…”
~Lord Byron

My “Portrait of Night-time” design is up for voting at Shirt.Woot.  If you've made a previous purchase from a Woot site, you're eligible to vote -- and trust me, every vote counts!  Thanks so much!

Jan 25, 2012

The Tablet of Prosperity

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. If we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
~Anne Bradstreet

A couple of days ago, I sat at my computer drawing as usual, when my tablet [digital drawing pad] suddenly stopped working.  My trusty ol' workhorse, the Wacom CTE-640, pulled a Gone With the Wind on me and died in the traces, so to speak... I mourned briefly before ordering a fancy new tablet online -- sentimental sap that I am.  What followed was a very long day and a half, in which I realized that I am extremely addicted to using my tablet for any and all artwork.  Getting out pencil and paper to sketch felt like using a charred stick on a cave wall.  I'm not even kidding.

Fortunately, my new Wacom tablet arrived today!  My husband helped me get it all set up and working, and man, it feels good to be back in business.  It'll take a while to really get a feel for the new stylus/tablet, but thank goodness for tablets.  "Prosperity is welcome", indeed.

"Twirl of the Hourglass" is a sketch I did this afternoon for IF's "Twirl" theme.

"Black Cat", a very rough sketch from memory of Blackjack, our trouble-makin' little cat.

Jan 17, 2012

Floating in the Deep

Howdy, all -- hope you're having a wonderful 2012 so far!  I just popped in to let you know that my "Octoballoon" design is up for voting at Shirt.Woot.  Allons-y!