Here’s the first in a set of three woodland cuties! ^_^
When I was growing up, I filled sketchbook after sketchbook with animal doodles. I was obsessed with Lisa Frank’s Ballerina Bunnies and Disney’s TaleSpin so most of my work tended to be anthropomorphic cats, dogs, and bears (usually in princess costumes ’cause I still wasn’t over Lady Lovely Locks). But when The Lion King came out, my tastes shifted to a more realistic style and I kind of turned my nose up at animals wearing clothes…
Then I saw Zootopia earlier this year (amazing film!) and all my childhood memories of Talespin and Robin Hood and Adventures of the Gummi Bears came rushing back– and I had the overwhelming urge to draw fuzzy creatures in Mori-style dresses! Looking at this finished piece makes me smile because it feels like a perfect meshing of the things that inspired me as a kid and the art stylings I’ve cultivated as an adult. I love when things come full circle like that. 😀
What memories from your childhood inspire your work today?
Here’s another one that’s been lingering on my desktop for months. I kept putting it off because I loved the lineart and was so worried I’d ruin it in the coloring stage…
And then I stumbled upon an amazing band of three sisters from the Pacific Northwest– Joseph. Their music is wonderfully unique and after hearing “White Flag” just once, I was hit with inspiration and motivation; I opened my lineart file and set to work. I’ve been looping their songs for days and am still marveling at the boost their particular sound has on my imagination and energy levels. Everybody needs an encouraging anthem! Check them out:
What about you? Any special songs currently inspiring your work? Share your musical suggestions below! 😀
She’s finally done! Whoo! I say ‘finally’ not because this one was particularly time-consuming but because the last few months have been so busy and hectic that I haven’t had time to sit down and work on it. But I completed the last two of my scheduled commissions this past week and decided to take a break and dedicate the next couple months to my own projects. The Blueberry and Gooseberry Fairies are still on the way but I’ve been aching to draw animals– so expect some furry critters in the near future! ^_^
In other news, I’m preparing for some pretty big changes that will be happening in or around January. I can’t really discuss the details right now (partly because they’re still very up-in-the-air) but part of that preparation includes an overhaul of my site– not just a new layout but total re-branding. I’m aiming to re-launch by the end of the year and will be cleaning house, deleting material that no longer fits the new direction I’m heading in. So if there’s something here you’re partial to, you may want to save a copy to your desktop just in case it’s on the chopping block…
Sorry for the lack of content lately. I’ve been keeping busy with commissions and other illustration projects but haven’t found a way to squeeze in time for consistent blogging just yet… A few more weeks and I think enough things will be finished that I can take a breather and get back to posting here.
Anyway, here’s a sneak-peak of one of the pieces I’m working on. It’s part of a series of three berry fairies; one of them will be a blueberry fairy (he’s already sketched and awaiting inks) but I’m still deciding on the third. I’m leaning toward gooseberries but I know a lot of people have never even heard of such a fruit so maybe I’ll do something more common like raspberries or red currants. Advice?
Some of the other personal projects I’m working on include inking and coloring those fairytale sketches from a few months ago, half-a-dozen-or-so assorted paper dolls, more Sink pages (I forgot to mention it here– updates picked up again in May!), and a trio of cute animals doing Autumn-ish things (in a style totally different from my normal stuff– I’m loving it!).
I’ll post more updates as soon as I’m able. Thanks for your patience! ^_^
All five of the seed packet fairies are finished– whoohoo! This project was inspired by vintage seed catalog advertisements; I wanted to create some of my own with a somewhat weathered/distressed look. These didn’t turn out quite as beat up as I originally envisioned but that’s okay– I’m still pretty happy with the set in general. The one above is my favorite of the group (I adore sunflowers) but you can check out all five in the gallery. 🙂
Now I’m off to plant my garden beds. The snow FINALLY melted and the dirt’s beckoning! 😀