Category Archives: illustration

Paintings

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I’m not necessarily a creature of habit. I enjoy multitasking and dabbling in many different jobs and tasks at once. It keeps me on my toes and engaged. Apparently I’ve been working at my computer too much lately because a switch flipped in me, just needing to get messy with my paints and hands.

I’ve been having fun making some really self-indulgent things and messing with layers and textures. Some of these are still in progress. I hope to have a nice little gallery of original work for sale at Green With Indie next Saturday (YIKES!)

I mostly use acrylics on canvas because I always have them handy. I like the flexibility of acrylic. I can use thick layers of paint and smear and blur or I can use thinner coats and let them dry quickly so I can go color crazy without getting muddy. It’s a great paint when I’m craving some instant gratification and just want to churn out a finished product.

Drawn: Lauren & Jeremy

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Lauren was one of the first bloggers I really fell in love with and I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with her a few times. We bond over our mutual love of good food, good drinks, cats, and handmade stuff. She’s fantastic.

I was so excited when she asked me to draw a portrait of her and her lovely boyfriend, Jeremy (plus her perfect kitties) for Valentine’s Day!

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I wanted to have fun with lots of bright colors and incorporate little details personal to them. Lauren makes amazing pom-pom headbands, so I had to include one of those! The banner has a latin phrase that’s meaningful to the two of them and her yarn brooch was another requested personal touch. I’m really happy with the final product and think I managed to capture them well–the best test for a portrait!

Drawn: Aubrey’s Family

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Aubrey contacted me way back about getting an illustrated portrait to use as her Christmas card. I adore Aubrey and was happy to draw her adorable little clan. :)

Aubrey-sketch-600pxAubrey was interested in some minimal Christmas embellishments that could easily be switched up a bit in an alternate, non-holiday version for her to hang in her home. I thought that garlands could easily be changed to different florals or even replaced with a banner, etc.

She really loved the first sketch and suggested we throw some hops in the garland to reference their love of beer–I LOVED that! Such a clever detail that makes it so much more personal to them!

I feel even more honored to have gotten make this for Aubrey and Dan now because they just got engaged! This card will now announce their engagement in addition to wishing their friends and family a happy new year. That’s pretty awesome. :)

Illustrations for Clever Darling

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A few months ago, Zie asked if I’d be interested in contributing an illustration to her senior thesis project, Clever Darling Magazine. I loved her idea of creating a publication for millennial women, by millennial women with a positive, hard working focus and I love the challenge of editorial illustration, so I said yes. :)

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I ended up doing a few spot illustrations for a Girl Power Playlist. I wanted to focus on simple, energetic shapes and use colors that are bright and happy, but not over-the-top feminine. I wanted kind of a rock-n-roll edge, so I experimented with additional textures to rough it up a bit. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out!

The first issue of Clever Darling turned out so so lovely and I’m really happy to be a part of it! Zie hopes to release more issues in the future, so if you’re a writer or artist, keep your eye out for contribution opportunities. xo

Drawn: Amanda & Will

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I was so happy when my friend Amanda (who blogs at Little Lady Little City), contacted me about making a family portrait for her home. Amanda and Will are a damn fine looking couple with adorable cats, so they were super fun to draw! :)

Amanda was pretty straight forward with what she wanted. Her only design request was that I try to incorporate the stone wall feature from their new home. It ended up making a really fun background texture that was a blast to work on.

Drawn: Girl Gang

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I’m sure the whole girl gang thing is quickly approaching “played out” status, but I still can’t seem to get enough. I love the idea of rowdy broads proudly banding together to have fun, cause mischief, and not give 2 fucks what any dude thinks. That’s what it means most to me.

This drawing I made a couple years ago continues to be popular and I wanted to make a kind of valentine card version of it. :)

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You can buy one on Etsy here! xo

Inktober 2014: Part 1

Inktober_05_600wEvery October, artists all over the world participate in Inktober, a drawing challenge that suggests you do one ink drawing a day for the entire month!

Illustrator Jake Parker started Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits–kind of like my Big Book of Cats Project!

Although I often struggle staying on task with things like this, I’ve decided to give it a whirl this year. I always think daily/weekly challenges are a good thing since consistency is a constant struggle for me. I’m not necessarily a creature of habit, but drawing in ink is my favorite so that makes this extra fun and simple. :)

Make sure to check #inktober on twitter, instagram, and tumblr to see tons of awesome work! It’s my new favorite downtime activity to flick through the hashtag on instagram on my phone.

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I used one of Rebecca‘s photos as a reference for this one!

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100 Etsy Sales!

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This week I finally reached the exciting milestone of 100 sales on Etsy! To celebrate and say thanks to everyone who has ever bought anything from my little ol’ shop, you can use the code “YAY100″ through September for 25% off any order! :) Click here to shop!

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In 2008 I opened my Etsy shop with a single postcard on sale for $2. Haha, my shop stayed pretty vacant until 2012, but traffic and sales have been growing steadily over the past year. I’m really proud of my progress and it’s a goal of mine to really ramp up my activity on Etsy in 2015. I’ve never had more than 20 listings at one time and I have a few new prints that I just haven’t gotten around to photographing. Also, it can be difficult for me to stay organized enough to realize which pieces of jewelry I have listed and which I’ve already accidentally sold at a craft show. Oops!

Strangefolk Jamberry Nails Available Now!

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My friend Melissa and I have teamed up to make the coolest accessory ever in honor of Strange Folk Festival–custom nail wraps from Jamberry Nails!

Have you guys heard of Jamberry Nails before? They’re vinyl wraps that adhere to your nails with a combination of heat and pressure–no glue, stickyness, or top coats needed! They don’t chip, are non-toxic, won’t damage your natural nails and best of all, have no dry time. I’ve been trying them out for the past few months and really love them! I just use a blow dryer, cuticle pusher, and pair of small, curved scissors to apply and finish them and they always last at least a full week. Some people even get 2-3 weeks on fingers and 4-6 weeks on toes!

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Melissa is a certified Jamberry consultant and first fell in love with Jamberry Nails because she finally found a way to have cute nails that stood up to all her jewelry making and crafting wear-and-tear.

When I heard that you could design custom Jamberry wraps, I totally fell in love with the idea of putting my cute little Strangefolk characters on nails! Melissa helped me figure it all out and now you can order your own set here!

Here’s all the important info, straight from Melissa:

All orders AND payment for the Strange Folk nail design are due by Wednesday, Sept 3, 2014. Cost for each Strange Folk wrap will be $20 each via PayPal, no matter the quantity.

The order will be placed with Jamberry, Thursday, Sept 4, 2014, no exceptions. We need plenty of time to print & ship! Once we receive the wraps, they will then be shipped to YOU so you can wear them proudly at the Strange Folk Festival, happening Sept 27-28, 2014, in O’Fallon Community Park!

To find out more about Jamberry: http://melissavilladiego.jamberrynails.net

To order other custom Jamberry Nails by Melissa: http://www.pinterest.com/TwentyThree/jamberry-nails/

I had SO much fun designing (and obsessing) over each unique nail design. I think the colors look so bright and fun and can’t wait to see all the cute, matching fingers at Strange Folk! :)