Saturday, September 23, 2017

Gentle Moss Monster

 I've spent a lot of time driving this summer, to and from art shows.  I drove past this hulking creature 4 times and was utterly charmed. 




Process Pic:
 Lots of firsts for me, in this guy.  For one, I never really worked with dry moss before.  A lot like frosting: Messy, but it can polish a turd!  


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Jangle Fairy


This fellow was originally intended to be a smokey, lounging jazz singer, but he got a little bit carried away.  I love it when the characters kind of take control.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Tall House


By no means am I done painting wily, naked, wee folk, but say hello to the new series: Tall houses!  Very excited!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tattoo Commission

This is the fourth tattoo I've designed, and I really think it's time for me to learn a bit more about the art of tattooing.  Not because I'm thinking about becoming a tattoo artist, but because I feel terrible sending people to them with delicately rendered watercolor designs, not knowing how difficult it is to render particular things in their medium. In any case, this artist did a particularly good job of staying true to my original illustration. (I will link her as soon as I get the deets.)



And while I'm at it, I'll throw in a bonus. This was another tattoo that I did a couple years ago for a distant friend.



 Now remember, kids:


FOREVER





Friday, September 1, 2017

Portrait Commission



As a joke, this family commissions slightly off-putting portraits of each other as children, apparently.  Happy Birthday! 


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mailbox Fairy

This little guy came about in response to Illustration Friday's word of the week, "mail".
This long-abandoned mailbox is abandoned no more, for a wee sprite has chosen it for his residence.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wedding Cake Topper

A great friend and artist Nikki Leeper, commissioned me to do her wedding cake toppers!  I've always wanted to make one (or a bunch) of these.  Feel free to send all your engaged to me.


Next time I'll make the base smaller...






Process




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Jewelry Shop Mural

 My new gallery neighbor, Flora J Design, liked what I had done with my own studio door.  She asked if I would consider doing a mural on her outside wall, based on her hand crafted jewelry.  Of course!


Here are the necklaces I chose as reference and inspiration for the design.  If you are interested in Flora J. Design here is a link to her artist's profile.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Mind Fairy

 This week's Illustration Friday's word prompt was "mind."




When I've got no ideas, then I take selfies until I'm inspired...
 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Songbird Fairy















Process 

First of all a big thank you goes out to my adorable photography assistant. 

 But anyway... Here is the unpainted face sculpt.  I normally get swept up in the excitement of sculpting the face and leave the hands and feet till last, but this time I left the face 'til last. 


I think my hand and feet sculpts benefited from the deliberate attention.

I learned to draw figures from the inside out, starting with gesture lines- then skeleton- then bulk it up with muscle and fat.  I use this same method for my puppets.  It makes for a dramatic form.


Very proud of these :)

 But what is a caged drag-queen-song-bird without some impractical wings and feathers?
Work it, madam! 







 Thanks for looking!





Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sphinx




Process:


 


As things typically go, I was just getting her situated for the first photo-shoot when I dropped her and broke her nose.  After painting, baking again is a no-no-no, so I had to get creative.  I had plaster of paris for mending the wall, so I mixed up some of that.  It's like sculpting with quick-drying toothpaste.  It still worked, though!


And finally got her in the shot and I'm obviously pretty pumped about it!


A little bunny's cage was in the way, so she got to be part of the process!  :)