Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Pet Portrait: Maybe

Maybe, watercolor & pencil on Stonehenge paper, 8x10", 2017.
Here's another puppy portrait done!

There's a detail shot below:

I'll be offering custom portraits on Etsy very soon!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Pet Portrait: Reggie

Reggie, watercolor & graphite on Stonehenge paper, 8x10", 2017.

Here's my completed portrait of my boyfriend's dog, Reggie. What kind of dog is he? It's a mystery... but he sure is cute.

Here's a close up of some of the detail:




Sunday, January 8, 2017

In Progress: Pet Portraits

Happy new year!

I'm starting this year by making up a portfolio of portraits, so I can offer some commissions in a month or so.

Here are the preliminary drawings for two dog portraits:






































I'm waiting for a new watercolor set in the mail, then I'll start the final copies.

If you follow me on social media you've seen these in progress; if not, I'll link photos below:

A photo posted by Sarah Ryan (@sarahryandraws) on
A photo posted by Sarah Ryan (@sarahryandraws) on
A photo posted by Sarah Ryan (@sarahryandraws) on

Friday, August 12, 2016

Fall Go West! Craft Fest Flyer


I was very happy to have the opportunity to design the upcoming Go West! Craft Fest flyer.


The birds are all birds that migrate through Philly in the fall: The Philadelphia vireo, an eastern bluebird, and a blackburnian warbler, plus a nuthatch because they're naturally acrobatic. 

I read about trees in The Woodlands to decide what kind of leaves to draw, and I learned that the first ginkgo tree was brought to the US and planted in the Woodlands. They're such a pretty yellow color in the fall too (even though they smell!)

Here's a look at my preliminary drawing:



If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen some of the progress shots too:
A photo posted by Sarah Ryan (@sarahryandraws) on



If you are around Philly in October, I'd highly recommend this event!
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Friday, July 1, 2016

Donkeys Around Town

If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook you've probably seen some photos of the latest project I've been working on, Donkeys Around Town.

Here's a description of the project from www.ArtJawn.com :
The Donkeys Around Town program is a civic initiative of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention. In celebration of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, fifty-seven fiberglass donkeys will be painted by local artists to represent the fifty states, Washington, D.C. and the six U.S. territories. The donkeys, the symbol of the Democratic Party, will be displayed from July 1 – 31, 2016 at popular sites and attractions throughout Philadelphia.
The Donkeys Around Town program will include a social media campaign as well as a scavenger hunt - facilitated through an app that will be created specifically for this program - in order to engage residents, delegates and visitors in the excitement around the Convention and make everyone feel like they are part of the action in Philadelphia during Convention week.
I applied for the project through ArtJawn, and was one of the artists chosen to paint two donkeys. I was assigned Alaska and North Carolina.  Each artist was given 6 ideas from their states' delegation, and had to use at least three to represent the state or territory.

Here are the originals sketches I submitted for the donkey plans:

Alaska asked for Mt Denali, salmon, northern lights, a moose, forget me nots (the state flower), and their flag (the big dipper). The black rectangle is where the state name goes.
North Carolina wanted mountains, a lighthouse, BBQ, cardinals (their state bird), and dogwood (their state flower). The BBQ design was changed because they decided they would like long leaf pines to represent the middle of their state.

If you would like to see pictures of the donkeys in progress, please take a look on my Instagram.

Here's the finished Alaska donkey:


This is before the letterer painted the state name.


All of the artists worked together in a warehouse. You can see Vermont's donkey behind mine. We had under a week to finish the donkeys; it was a very tight timeline, but a lot of fun!

Here are some Alaska details:

 Here's the finished North Carolina donkey:

I added a woodpecker and fox squirrel to represent a longleaf pine forest. I also thought a rainbow was appropriate for North Carolina democrats.

Here's a detailed look:

 You can see the texture of the donkey here. They are made out of fiberglass; it was a challenging surface to paint on, but donkeys do have fur.

Here's a close up of the cardinals from instagram:

A photo posted by Sarah Ryan (@sarahryandraws) on

The donkeys have been delivered to their location all around the city. I'll get more pictures of the donkeys when they are out "in the wild".  Here's the official map with the donkey locations for all of the states: http://www.phldnc.com/donkeys/

The North Carolina donkey is at the Jim's Steaks on South St (yum!), and Alaska is hanging out at the Sofitel Hotel near Rittenhouse (fancy!).

A photo posted by Sarah Ryan (@sarahryandraws) on

I'm going to try to get a photo of Alaska this Sunday, so check my Instagram.

This project has gotten a lot of press coverage! I tried not to make eye contact with any cameras, but you can see me at the very end of this clip: 57 Painted Donkeys to Decorate for DNC

I want to end with photos of some of the other artist's donkeys; I'm linking from Instagram, but you can find a listing of all artists on ArtJawn.com Also, keep checking out the #donkeysaroundtown tag on Twitter and Instagram to see all the donkeys.



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There will be a scavenger hunt with PRIZES in Philadelphia starting July 21. A listing of the prizes is here: http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/morning_roundup/2016/07/dnc-donkeys-around-town-scavanger-hunt-scavify.html

Have fun finding the donkeys!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Go West! Craft Fest Flyer

I had the privilege of drawing this spring's Go West! Craft Fest flyer. 

In the picture above you can see a little of my process. I start with a preliminary drawing in pencil and transfer the image to good paper. I always start with adding the colors first, and then I place the pencil linework over top.

If you're in Philly you should definitely stop by on April 30th. It's always a good time!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Italian Market "Buon Natale" card



I was asked to create a new card for the Italian Market Visitors Center here in Philadelphia.
I loved drawing these little shops that are right in my neighborhood!

You can also pick up some pizzelle cards in the Visitor Center this holiday season:


If you can't get to Philly, but would still like one, you can order them in my Etsy shop.

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