Tuesday, April 29, 2014

willow

(digital)

Here's my piece for silverscreensociety.com. It's my tribute to the film, Willow. Saw it recently and chose to illustrate the part where the Fairy Queen gives her wand to Willow. This was a fun piece to work on! 

Friday, February 14, 2014

happy valentine's day!

I've been making nerdy Valentines! Here are some printables for today. Simply right click, save the image, and print!

Happy Valentine's Day!



The sheet below is for the back of the cards.


My printer was having issues, but this is how they look! Colors may vary a little depending on your printer and monitor settings. I like rounded corners so I used a corner punch. I also used cardstock paper.  


Friday, February 07, 2014

sixteen candles

(digital)

Here's my piece for the "It Came From 1984" show at Bottleneck Gallery. Wish I had more time to work on the lighting for this, but I was really happy to work on a tribute piece for Sixteen Candles!

Prints will be available at the gallery and online at the gallery's website. 

Opening Reception / Feb 7th 7:00pm-10:00pm

Monday, January 13, 2014

little golden tales tribute at nucleus

(gouache)


Here's my piece for the Little Golden Tales show at Nucleus! It's a tribute to Little Golden Books, Mary Blair, and Lord of the Rings all in one shot!

I was so happy to have been invited to participate in this show. I love Golden Books! Working on this piece was so great because I was able to paint it traditionally, and had creative freedom to choose whatever I wanted. I chose Lord of the Rings because I've always wanted to do a piece based on the books/films. I also chose to pay tribute to Mary Blair's cover for "I Can Fly" as it is my all time favorite Little Golden Book. 

The opening reception is Saturday, January 18th. The show will run from January 18th - February 9th. The artwork should also be available online to view on Nucleus' website

Monday, December 02, 2013

dr. who and the daleks

(digital)

Here's another Doctor Who piece! This one is for Silver Screen Society and it's based on the 1965 film, "Dr. Who and the Daleks." Thinking about doing more of these Doctor Who children's book type illustrations along with the travel posters I'm currently working on.  

Friday, November 22, 2013

goonies never say die!

(Goonies, gouache)

Here's my Goonies painting for the 80's Films Art Show at Susanita's Gallery

One of my favorite films ever. It's so great working on fun pieces like this! 

The show opens on December 1st, and all the artwork will be available to view online. And, if you live in Spain, you can check it out in person! 

Friday, November 08, 2013

process

A few people have recently asked about my process for my latest illustration. So here we go. 

I started off by watching a couple of Doctor Who episodes. It's SO important to do research. :) 


I first had an idea to do a fake cover for a children's magazine. I was inspired by this image:


I also had an idea of making a fake children's book cover. After sketching out my ideas, they just weren't working. Then, the idea of a travel poster sounded a lot more appropriate. So many choices for destinations! And the "airline" would be the TARDIS. I looked up vintage travel posters for inspiration.  I also made a Pinterest board with some of my favorites: http://www.pinterest.com/erenunten/ads-posters/


Below is the thumbnail sketch for my poster idea. 




Here is the bad drawing from my thumbnail. There's too much going on here. The composition was not working. 




I still decided to add color to see if it would help. It did not. I tried to use a limited color palette, but that idea quickly went out the door. This was the point where I hated what I was doing, and wanted to quit. But that's when you have to push further and problem solve. I decided to take a look at all those vintage travel posters I love to figure out what made them so great. 



I needed to simplify things. I wanted the focus to be on the Doctor and Clara, so I made them bigger. There's still too much going on here though. Had to keep simplifying it. There's four main images and that doesn't make it a great composition. Also, the Doctor's sonic screwdriver can't really be seen. My husband will probably also want you to know that he pointed that out to me. He's an amazing artist, and he gives great feedback. :) 



And below we have the final artwork. Simplified and a much better composition than before. Shifted things around a bit for better balance. Although I know all these "rules" for designing things, it can still be a challenge while creating something. 


I'm excited to do more of these Doctor Who travel posters. There are a lot of Doctors, companions, and places to illustrate!

Hope you enjoyed my process post! I'm not the best at explaining things, but I loved making this, and I hope that shows! 

Monday, October 28, 2013

doctor who show at meltdown

(digital)

Here's my piece for the Doctor Who show at Meltdown Comics. I've been wanting to work on a Doctor Who illustration for a long time now, and I'm so thrilled to be a part of this exhibit!

The inspiration behind this piece came from my love of vintage travel posters. I'm planning on doing a series of these with different Doctors and companions. This one is from "The Rings of Akhaten" episode. While in the Tardis, the Doctor asks Clara what she would like to see, and she responds with "I'd like to see...something awesome!"

Prints of this will be available in my shop

Monday, October 14, 2013

carried away

( gouache on paper)

The conversation that led to this painting:

Husband (9:50pm): "Honey, can you do a small painting for an art fundraiser?"
Me: "Sure, when is the art due?"
Husband: "Tomorrow."
Me: "... ... Sure."

Had to work on paper I'm not used to, but it was a nice little challenge. Didn't have time to scan the painting so please excuse the quality of the image. Doing this quick painting made me decide to do more of these small paintings as an exercise to get better with gouache. :)

Friday, September 06, 2013

a tea party

(A Tea Party, digital)

Here's a commissioned piece and tribute to Mary Blair and Alice in Wonderland. Had so much fun working on this!