Monday, January 15, 2018

BIlly Goats Gruff

Billy Goats Gruff, watercolor, gouache, and pencil on Rives BFK, 11x14", 2018.
I'm going to the SCBWI conference next month!

One of the workshops is about learning where your art fits in. There's an assignment where you have to depict a villain from children's literature. I had a hard time choosing what to do. In the end I decided to stick with my strengths, and illustrate a story that has animals.

This is kind of a funny version of the Billy Goats Gruff. Poor troll!

I posted a bunch of in progress shots on Instagram:

Friday, January 12, 2018

Pet Portrait: Anya

I had a great time with Anya's portrait! 

See the preliminary drawing below:

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Winter Events

This post is an ENORMOUS thank you to everyone who came out and bought artwork, cards, or ornaments from me this past holiday season. I left my wonderful day job in September to work as an artist full time. This can be a super unpredictable career, but I feel so supported by all of you!

Here's a look at just a few of the events from November and December:

This one could be it's own post... it was a big one! I set up a shop with 4 other members of the Independent Makers of Philadelphia at Philadelphia's Christmas Village. We were in a special "Handmade in Philadelphia section". The market lasted from the week before Thanksgiving to New Year's Day.

Here's the beautiful setting:

Here are a few more photos from December events. There were a ton more, but how many pictures of my table do you need to see? Sometime I'll have to post a tour of what my set up looks like for indoor and outdoor events, and what fixtures/ display items I use.

Last Call Holiday Haul at Philadelphia Brewing Co.

Punk Rock Flea Market at Bok

Go West Craft Fest at the beautiful Rotunda

Sunday, December 31, 2017

New on Etsy: Beer Squirrel Card

You can find there squirrels on Etsy here.

They were originally used for the Last Call Holiday Haul flyer:

 This was a great event organized by a group I've been a member of for the past year, The Independent Makers of Philadelphia.

Here's a look at the original painting and preliminary sketches:

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Pet Portrait: Finbar

I had a great time drawing Finbar, and now that Christmas I can share this portrait.

This was a memorial portrait, and the request was for something green or Irish to go with the portrait. So, I added some celtic knots, and I researched some green and white butterflies that can be found in Ireland.

Here's a look at the preliminary drawing:

Here's a shot from my Instagram stories with a look at it in progress (on a Monday, haha):

Saturday, November 25, 2017

New on Etsy: Raccoon Pretzel Brooch

This has been a request from quite a few people!

The raccoon pretzel illustration from my notecard is now a brooch. You can find it on Etsy here:
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