Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Orange Showgirl

Orange is today’s #7daysofcolor! Can’t go wrong with feathers & pearls.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nike, Goddess of Victory

An actual sketch for  
I imagine the goddess of victory would be the best poker player.

acid free toned paper, blue and white watercolor pencils, ink and water.

Recent Sketches

This one was done for sketch dailies on twitter.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Tutorial Time!

I've been working on a few pieces for my home recently and decided I should do a tutorial showing some of my process with these pieces. If you test it out, feel free to share your work!

  1. Start with a thumbnail...lots of thumbnails until you get something you like.
  2. Draw a template at size of the piece of wood you are using. (You can also use glass or terra cotta)
  3. Choose your paper colors & start cutting the larger shapes out. I'm using nice construction paper you can find in craft stores like Michael's.
  4. Use a softer graphite pencil to trace the design on the back of the template. I used a 3B, but a 4B would have been better. 6B gets too smeary.
  5. You should now have the design on both sides of template. Line up the template with the cut shape and retrace the design to transfer the graphite onto the colored paper shape.
  6. Lift template to make sure design is being transferred enough that you can use the design to paint on.
  7. Using a palette, acrylic paints and brushes, start mixing the colors and painting the design. I use between #2-4 flat and round brushes. Alternating brushes, depending on what type of strokes I want.
  8. Cut and piece together the other larger pieces.
  9. Rolled tape will help keep the larger shapes in place while you cut out the rest of the design.
  10. I like to work large to small when doing paper cut pieces. I start with cutting the biggest shapes, then work my way into the details like leaves and flowers.
  11. Leaves are pretty easy for me to free hand cut, but the flowers were a bit tricky. I made sure to  lightly draw my flower design on the paper, then cut it out.
  12. Keep fitting all elements together to make sure things are to your liking.
  13. How I cut the body & arms- the skin is one solid piece with precise cuts made to make arms, etc.
  14. Apply a thin layer of modpodge to the back of the pieces to glue everything down to the wood.
  15. Glue down small pieces too.
  16. Start painting in details using acrylic paint and brush. I used #3 round on the flowers and skirt.
  17. Keep painting & cutting & gluing details until it's to your liking. 
  18. I realized I didn't like the paper color of the character's skin, so i mixed up a batch of skin colors and fully painted her. 
  19. Once everything (paint & glue) is dry, use a wide flat brush, like one you'd use for house painting, to apply a thin coat of hard coat modpodge. Make sure to cover all the surface with even strokes. Pay special attention to glue gooping up on the side edges and smooth that out.
  20. Modpodge goes on milky but dries clear. Let it sit overnight in between full coats so it really has time to harden and seal your design.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there who never forget that little eyes are always watching you!
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Travel Sketchbook

Just a few snapshots of my sketchbook while on the road in Germany, France and Italy. 
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mother Earth

Last digital before I travel around Europe!

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Lil Red FREE for a limited time

Lil Red and the Lazy Coyote interactive iPad app...FREE for a limited time only! 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sketch Dailies

 Goldilocks & the 3 bears

Lady of the Lake

Both done in Adobe Photoshop.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Royal Jelly

Some quick character studies based off of the odd family in Roald Dahl's short story, Royal Jelly.

Character Design Notes:
Since the story has a bee theme, I started with the dad, Albert. I wanted him to resemble a large bumble bee. He's also kinda shady, so I gave him moth antennae like brows and a 5 o'clock shadow.  Since bumble bees are attracted to flowers, I wanted the wife to resemble a flower. Also, when doing a 50's bee story, you cannot pass up the opportunity to give your characters a beehive hair do! heehee. Since the baby is a mutant, I figured she wouldn't mind have wings on her bum. Makes her all the more cute!

Story's summary:
"Royal Jelly" is a story about the Taylor family: Albert, Mabel, and their newborn baby daughter. Mabel is frightened because the child won't eat and has been losing weight since birth. Albert, a beekeeper, devises a novel solution by adding royal jelly, used to make bee larvae grow, to the baby's milk. The baby begins to drink ravenously, getting fatter. Albert admits to putting royal jelly in their daughter's milk, and Mabel tells him to stop. However, despite his wife's wishes, Albert continues to add royal jelly to his daughter's milk, resulting in her growing larger. Finally Albert admits that he himself ate royal jelly in an effort to increase his fertility, which obviously worked as their daughter was conceived soon after. Mabel realizes how much her husband resembles a gigantic bee, and their daughter looks like nothing but a big grub. At the end of the story, Albert says, "Why don't you cover her up, Mabel? We don't want our little queen to catch a cold."