Sunday, January 30, 2011

Seven out of Seven

This is the seventh and final portrait of the series. Except for the eighth one that I did, which is also posted here. This is Nicki Minaj, but I'm not a huge fan of how she turned out. I know she's supposed to be plastic and fake, and this portrait reflects that, but I'm still not thrilled by it.

So as a result I tried a new route; a more complicated route. And ended up with Fiona Apple:

A little eerie, but still appropriate. My favorite portrait of the series I think.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Two of Seven


I'm not sure how I feel about this one - I like it as a face and a portrait, and how it turned out, but I dunno about the resemblance. But that's what this project is for so I'm movin on to the next one!

Monday, January 24, 2011

One of Seven

The first of the seven portraits in seven days!

Janelle Monáe!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Oh and Fine Gardening

These are the most recent plants I did for Fine Gardening:

business cards and to-do lists

Since I make my cards by hand I've decided to name, number and keep track of them. These are 'crocus', number 21; 'jonquil', number 22; and 'hoya', number 19. I have interviews tomorrow so they will be adios.

And this is a woodblock print that I did on the cover of this year's book of to-do lists. The first book anyway. It has nasturtiums which stand for conquest and victory in battle. That's right, those are my New Year's Resolutions.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

black and white

Okay... it's really indigo and ivory, but I tried. On the advice of a recent friend I decided to do some really simple black and white work to show the graphicness of potentially printing on newsprint.

The most interesting part for me is that one of them is done with indigo paper over the ivory (the kingfisher with the Basquiat crown), and the ivory over the indigo (brewed fresh).

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Year Update

Sketchbook stuff, really.

This is my impression of that gorgeous lunar eclipse, done once in watercolor at the time, and another later with an added corona:

I showed the junco from this page a long time ago and finally finished these birds. It's a junco and a tufted titmouse, since I kept seeing them outside when I was working. I'm still trying to figure out the combination of watercolor and paper. I don't consider this as much of a successful piece as I would like, but I learned a lot from the process, and the painting specifically has given me a lot more confidence in my painting skills. The birds were actually completed before I started the Monarch page and mailer.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Christmas Pokémon!

For a Bulbagarden Christmas contest I did this:


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