Tuesday, December 18, 2012

When Words Become Superfluous II

I liked the first version of this I created so much that I decided to make another with my own photo, instead of a stock one. I still love the original (you can see it here); there is just something about that moment right before a kiss that has always been very appealing to me. Pencil sketch, scanned and cleaned/colored/textured in Photoshop. 16.5" x 16.5"

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Santa's Helpers

Just a quick doodle I did while waiting in the airport. A couple tiny elves helping to set up the Christmas decorations. Ink on paper. Shading added in Photoshop.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Doodles Part II

So I liked how the first doodle came out and decided to make a second. Actually the plan was to make 4 using the same colors so that there was one with each different background, hair, skin, and underwear color combo...but I don't know if I will get around to it.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Just a quick doodle. Haven't made anything lately and was feeling a little antsy. I think she's pretty fun. Pencil sketch colored in Photoshop. Less than 2 hours.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

When Words Become Superfluous; #sundayART: A Feeling

I saw this wonderful stock image and was inspired by the emotion in it. Pencil sketch colored in Photoshop. I picture it being printed quite large, although I don't know if I will ever get around to that. Not sure if I love the title...still thinking about it. Right now it is from a quote by Ingrid Bergman: "A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous."

This may be the first piece of art for a #sundayART prompt that I have actually made on a Sunday! Still behind, but working through the prompts when I have time. Also, yet again inspired by Matthew Woodson's wonderful art/style.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Happy (Early) Halloween!

So I know it's a little early for this, but I was in the mood to make some art and this was a sketch I had started a little while ago. Pencil, inked and colored in Photoshop. Just a quick festive sketch to get everyone else as excited for Halloween time as me!

On a side note, my mom once carved a mouth like that on a pumpkin and it was awesome...a little hard to draw in such a small space though.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Infographic Resume

Just an exercise I did for fun. An infographic resume in dark and light versions. I didn't spend too much time worrying about the content (probably should have put more time into the experience section and less into interests...but oh well). I think it turned out alright.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Sun and Moon Goddesses

Some photo manips/digital paintings I did for a client awhile ago. I haven't posted in a bit and wanted to put something up. Done very quickly for use in a web banner. I added the backgrounds to show them here.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Companion "Love" Poster

I had so much fun on the two "Love" posters I did for #sundayART that I decided to make another. This time with a quote from Plato. Pretty much a companion piece to the gray one from before. I tried to keep the layout/scale the same.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

#sundayART: Love

Two entries for the prompt "Love." I wanted to try out a more minimal graphic style using text. Had some different plans initially for the yellow one, but the text was being uncooperative so I changed it around. These were fun to do, not my normal style. Inspired by the two quotes and done entirely in Photoshop. Designed to be 11 x 17 posters (I know it's a little hard to read some of the gray text at this smaller scale).

Monday, June 11, 2012

#sundayART: Shapes

My drawing for the "shapes" prompt, which has taught me that I could definitely use some tattoo drawing practice...Pencil drawing (9" x 12") scanned and colored in Photoshop. I used this lovely stock image for reference. Such a beautiful girl and a great photo!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

#sundayART: Eye

This one is a little odd. It's my image for the #sundayART prompt "Eye". It's of my cousin and her fiance (although it doesn't look a thing like them! Whoops) I didn't want to do traditional eye image, and I saw a photo of them in these monster sweatshirts with big googly eyes and thought it was perfect. I started with a pencil sketch and then had no idea what to do when I went to color it. Came out ok I guess...like I said a little on the weird side. Oh well. Colored in Photoshop. A couple hours.

Monday, June 4, 2012

#sundayART: Color

So now I am not only suuuuper far behind on my #sundayART challenges, but I am also going out of order because that is where my inspiration took me. Here's my entry for "color." Portrait of a friend done in Photoshop. I picked a color palette from Design Seeds called Beaded Bright. and used only those five colors. I thought it was a really fun challenge with the palette and will probably do it again sometime because I enjoyed it so much. About 1.5 - 2 hours and lots of textures!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

#sundayART: Trees

The next installment of #sundayART! This week's prompt was trees, and I chose to draw a couple buds from the tree right outside my window. I decided to break out the colored pencils, which took me a few minutes just to find. Used to be my best/favorite medium back in high school...can't remember using them in the last 6 years though. All in all came out ok, but I think I would have preferred working larger...it was too small to fit in all the detail I wanted. Also I am definitely not used to my colored pencils anymore, had a hard time mixing colors.

1-2 hours. Prismacolor, slight touch ups with white acrylic and photoshop. 7.5" x 3.5"

For those of you keeping track, you may have noticed I missed last week's prompt. I've been really busy, but I do have every intention of finishing it...it's just going to be late. I have some ideas, but I don't love any of them yet, so I'm still playing around. Stayed tuned, maybe I will get it up soon.

Friday, May 4, 2012

#sundayART: Object

The next installment of #sundayART! This week's prompt: object. I chose some cowboy boots (reference image here). The plan is for this to eventually be a charcoal drawing because I think there's a lot of really great texture in the photo that lends itself really well to charocal. Also I want to practice charcoal a little more; I'm really feeling the whole getting-my-hands-dirty-while-I-work thing right now.

One of my favorite artists, Andrew Wyeth, did a couple of paintings of boots (one called "Sea Boots" and another that was a self portrait) that I absolutely love. This is actually the second time his work has inspired me to draw some boots...the first was for a school assignment a few years ago. The prompt was winter and you can check it out here!

Simple pencil line art. 8.5" x 11"

Friday, April 27, 2012


New art two days in a row!!! Awesome. So this was supposed to be a personal piece capturing some of my vulnerabilities/insecurities about my crooked spine (scoliosis/spondylolisthesis) since it's been bothering me lately...but it sorta just turned into another Matthew Woodson study, because I seriously love that guy. Check him out! Pencil drawing colored in Photoshop.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

#sundayART: People

I just found out today that some of the people I work with have started a weekly art challenge. Just a simple one word prompt for each Sunday. I got really excited because it seems like a good way to make sure I start making art more regularly. This week it's "people" which suits me just fine. Charcoal drawing of a guy with a mohawk. 8" x 10" done in about an hour. #sundayART

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Fashion Portrait

Just playing with a new style after looking at some fashion illustrations. Might try this image again in a different style just for fun. Once I find some free time that is...so never.

Quick sketch done in Photoshop.

Saturday, February 4, 2012


I was looking through some of Matthew Woodson's artwork last night on google. He's is absolutely amazing--one of my favorites. His work just speaks to me and I feel like I can really connect/relate to it. As always, when I looked through his work I was really inspired by his style, so I decided to give it a try. Not nearly as good as his...but I think I'm mostly satisfied. I started with a pencil sketch, inked with Sharpie, and then scanned and colored in Photoshop. It's technically a self portrait, but I took a lot of liberty with my appearance for this piece. Done in a couple hours on the first free Saturday afternoon I've had in awhile.
On another note: I just took a personality test for work and it labeled me as "Most Contemplative." I thought the pose in this piece lends itself to that title pretty well. Not to mention Woodson's work and style always make me very reflective and contemplative about myself and life.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Concept Art - Whoo hoo!

This is a piece of concept art I did for a client of mine. I have been working on it on and off for quite awhile, but I think it is finally done. I won't say too much about it, but I have included the original photograph I was given to work off of. I think she turned out pretty nice, although I am not entirely thrilled with the quality of the jpegs posted here. They lost a lot of detail and the colors are a bit off (too bright). Done entirely in Photoshop - a fair bit of digital painting, and quite fun to do.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Post-it Sketches

So it's been a LONG time since I've done any art. To get back into it I did a couple of quick sketches the other day on post-it notes. Nothing too fancy, but it's a start. I need to get back into the swing of drawing because I have a couple projects in mind that I'd like to start soon. This is supposed to be my cousin and her fiance, but I have to say I didn't really nail the resemblance. Oh well...more practice needed!

Ball point pen and sharpie on post -it notes. Touched up in Photoshop.