Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pet Portrait: Holly

Earlier this month I got to draw sweet Holly.


I wanted to include a holly plant without seeming too Christmasy, so I chose summer holly.

Here's a look at the preliminary drawing:




New on Etsy: Bat Card

I liked my Inktober bat drawing, so I redrew it in gouache and pencil.

It's now available on Etsy as a card


 Here's a look at part of the original drawing:


Inktober Week Two

Here are my drawings for the second week of #Inktober:
you can see week one and a list of the prompts here.

8. Crooked


9: Screech


10. Gigantic


11. Run


12. Shattered


13. Teeming


14. Fierce

Inktober Week One

I have been participating in this year's #Inktober

Drawing with ink isn't my strength, so it's good practice. I'm keeping each drawing only 3-4" and using it as a warm up or end of day exercise.

Here are the official rules and prompt list:



Here are my drawings for the first week:

1. Swift



2. Divided

3. Poison

4. Underwater

5. Long

6. Sword

7. Shy

Narrative Art

Earlier this fall, I started an entry for a children's illustration contest. Unfortunately, I never had the time to finish; I was pretty disappointed.

The them was mystery, and you had to tell a story in three illustrations. I chose to tell a story about missing dinosaur books.



I will revisit these at some point, but I think I need to give myself some more time and distance from them.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Pet Portrait: Gary

Gary, gouache and pencil on Rives BFK, 8x10", 2017.
I don't just draw cats and dogs for pet portraits! You can commission one of your scaly friends too.

This is Gary, an adorable leopard gecko.

Pet Portrait: Martin

Martin, gouache and pencil on Rives BFK, 8x10", 2017.
I had the opportunity to draw Martin's portrait. His owners wanted something that represented his time in Pennsylvania, including seeing snow for the first time.

Here's a look at the preliminary drawing:


And a look at the drawing in progress with some of my references:


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Beaver Card


I've been working on some winter designs for Groundswell Greetings. Here are some happy beavers drinking hot chocolate :)



I posted this sketch on Instagram, but ended up simplifying the final drawing. I used more stylized fur lines because of the size of the card, and because I thought it looked cute.

Also, look for my cards in my newest stockist, Renee James Boutique in Havertown.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Alligator Valentine


This is another design for Groundswell Greetings. It's still going on the American wildlife theme. ai know that American alligators are mostly black and yellow, but I wanted this to be a little more colorful. I made yellow bunnies and a purple raccoon before, so brightly colored animals fit with my other work.

I love reptiles. I'm not sure why I haven't drawn them much before. I should definitely draw more!

Here's a look at my preliminary drawing, and a look at the very beginning of my drawing:




Thursday, June 22, 2017

Unicorn Card

I have a brand new unicorn card available on Etsy!


Here's the preliminary drawing:


Pet Portrait: Hoss

I loved painting Hoss and her tennis balls!


Here's a look at the preliminary drawing:




Spring Catch Up!!!

If you follow me on social media, you've already seen these things.

I realized I never poster them on my blog, so here goes nothing:


The NFL Draft

The NFL Draft was in Philly this year. I was one of 16 artists to be asked by Mural Arts and the NFL to paint live during the NFL Draft. I had never painted live in front of an audience before, so I was excited, but also anxious before the event. We had to paint players who were drafted as they were drafted, so there was really no way to know ahead of time who you would represent. It was fast paced work! Time lapse cameras captured the whole experience:

NFL on Twitter

32 picks. 32 paintings. Local Philly artists #PaintedTheFuture to celebrate the #NFLDraft 1st Round. https://t.co/39KvmNK0Qd


We worked on prepainted canvases. I painted Jamal Adams for the New York Jets and Charles Harris for the Miami Dolphins:


Philly.com caught me working:


You can read about the whole thing, and see more pictures on the Mural Arts site:


Painting the Future with the NFL - Mural Arts Philadelphia

When the National Football League approached us at Mural Arts Philadelphia about using painting to commemorate the 2017 NFL Draft this April, we weren't sure what to expect. Philadelphia is a proud sports city, and we've done murals for the Eagles, the Phillies, and most recently the 76ers, but we'd never done anything like this.

Groundswell Greetings



My cards are now available on Groundswell Greetings here 

Custom Pet Portraits



Custom Pet Portraits are not available on Etsy here




Thursday, May 18, 2017

Pet Portrait: Marty

Marty, watercolor & pencil on Rives BFK, 8x10", 2017.
 I got to draw another adorable dog!
This time it's Marty. My favorite part in this one (besides Marty) is the squirrel holding a Wawa hoagie:


Here's a look at the preliminary drawing:


I have some great events coming up! Come visit me at the following events this spring:

Friday, May 12, 2017

Pet Portrait: Sophie

Sophie, gouache and pencil on Rives BFK, 8x10", 2017.

Sophie is such a fun dog to paint! I used gray paper so her black and white fur would stand out a little more.

Here's a look at the preliminary drawing:


I have lots of things I haven't posted about this spring that I need to catch up on! I'll have a longer post soon.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Pet Portrait: Red

Red, watercolor and pencil on Rives BFK, 10x10", 2017.
I  got to draw the adorable Red. He's got great personality, and loads of fun fur.

This drawing was a little bigger, at 10x10".

Here's a look at the preliminary drawing:







I have lot to catch up on, so look for some new blog posts very soon!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Horse Portrait: Mo

Mo, watercolor & pencil on Stonehenge paper, 8x10", 2017.
I just completed my first horse portrait of Mo. He's handsome!

Here's a close up:





































Here's a look at the preliminary drawing from Instagram:



Look for a listing for custom pet and animal portraits on Etsy later this spring. I'll be taking commissions.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Owl Sisters

Owl Sisters, gouache, watercolor & pencil on Rives BFK, 8x10", 2017.
Woo! Done!

This one took longer than I anticipated, but I like the result.

Here's a detailed look:

I also have a print available on Etsy: 


Thursday, March 2, 2017

WIP: Owls

Here's a look at what I've been working on lately. It took much longer than I thought it would!


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