Monday, August 29, 2005

monday girl

Someone asked me why Monday girl's umbrella is so small. That's because it's her purse.

Monday girl is traditional charcoal

Thursday, August 25, 2005


Today's illustration was inspired by a little girl in my Sunday School class. Sometimes I'll ask the kids what they did over the weekend and they have all kinds of stories to tell. Well this little one told me she saw lots of fish and this is what came to my mind when she said that.

the fishees are digital

Monday, August 22, 2005

illustration friday: reflection

Here's my post for Illustration Friday. The topic is reflection. I came up with a few ideas and settled on this one. The woman looking in the mirror isn't pining for her younger days. She has wrinkles and gray hair but feels young inside, and so that is what she sees.


Friday, August 19, 2005

illo girl

So I don't really do caricatures, but a friend of mine asked if I could do an illustration of her. I guess to the rest of the world that doesn't know this person, this is simply an illustration of a girl.

I definately admire artists who caricature and do it well!


Thursday, August 18, 2005


Here are some color keys I've been working on for my book. No text, no details, no eyeballs just pure scrumptious color.


Wednesday, August 17, 2005

mary blair study

I haven't been posting like I should....ahhhhh! That doesn't mean I'm not working on anything though folks. I'm actually working on a color key but it's not post worthy at this point.

So in the meantime enjoy this Mary Blair study that I painted when I first started using gouache. The original image can be found (pg 67) inside the book The Art and Flair of Mary Blair by John Canemaker. It was a concept painting for Disney's "The Little House" (1952). Anyone who knows me knows I'm a big fan of Mary Blair. Her work is awesome and always inspires.

this study was brought to you in gouache

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

illustration friday: empty

Here's my entry for Illustration Friday. The topic is empty. I had a hard time thinking of something. At first I was going to draw a kid eating all the cookies from a cookie jar leaving it empty. I draw (no pun intended) from my own experiences sometimes.

I wanted to do someting a little different though....a different pov. So I decided to draw a girl looking into an empty cracker box. I don't know if that comes across though. I also decided to leave the original sketch in the painting. I usually don't leave the drawing but I thought it looked kind of cool even if it isn't in perspective.

pencil lines are real, color is digital

Saturday, August 06, 2005

my own illustration friday

I had to repost yesterday's blog because the image wasn't clickable.

This Friday's Illustration Friday topic is "empty." Haven't started on an idea yet for that but it will come....

So instead today I'm posting an illustration I was working on for fun. It's supposed to be a girl sketching but I'm not sure if that comes across. It was supposed to be me too but then it kind of evolved into someone else. Although it looks kind of cool I wouldn't call it a success because of the points I mentioned. Oh well....must move foward.


Wednesday, August 03, 2005

illustration friday: aging

Here's a quick painting and a first post for Illustration Friday. The topic is aging. The first things that came to my mind were: old people, redwoods and mount rushmore (it recently had a "face lift"). But then this morning as I opened up the curtains the sunlight revealed on my desk a sheet of cake drawings I did a couple of weeks ago for my book.

That was my lightbulb moment for today. I thought hey a cake would be great! It's not necessarily something that ages, but more like something that signifies age. Like a cane, or bengay or something. I thought of putting a fire extinguisher beside the cake but decided not to. I don't even know how many candles are on it. I think over 40. Anyhow, I'm glad I stumbled upon illustration friday, this was fun to do.

cake is digital

Monday, August 01, 2005

gouache girl heads

I did some quick sketches of girl heads today. I decided to paint them too. I'd like to start drawing subjects other than girls. I guess it's what I know best, being a girl and all. Oh well, at least I'm painting.

gouache (hence the name gouache girl heads)