Saturday, February 18, 2017

Manatee Card

Here's another card design for Groundswell Greetings.

I love manatees! I accidentally swam with a manatee in Florida. We went snorkeling, but it was too muddy to see anything. Suddenly, a giant flipper breaks the surface of the water next to us! It scared everyone until we realized what it was. 

The preliminary drawing from my sketchbook is below:

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Rooster Card


My first design is a rooster since 2017 is the year of the rooster.

Here's a closer look:

I had a lot of fun drawing the tail!

My preliminary drawing is below:

.... and here's an in progress shot from Instagram:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Pet Portrait: Nacho

Nacho, watercolor and pencil on Stonehenge paper, 8x10", 2017.
 I finished another pet portrait. This time it's an adorable cat named Nacho!

Here's a look at the preliminary drawing:

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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:

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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:
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If you are around Philly in October, I'd highly recommend this event!
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