New Illustration: Luna Moths & Lanterns

Luna Moths & Lanterns - ©Dalliann 2017

Recognize this one from the partial sketch I posted last month? The reason I only included her head in that preview is that I was never completely satisfied with the composition and kept changing it. Normally, by the time I get to inks, the layout is pretty well defined and I fly through the lineart stage. But with this one, I was getting impatient and decided to ink only the parts I was happy with (just her, really) and figured by the time I was done with that, the rest would come together.

Yeah… it didn’t work quite that smoothly. I think this piece sat on my desktop for almost two weeks before all the other elements (border, bottles, and moths) finally started to mesh well.

However, for as much trouble as the lineart gave me, the colors were finished in just over a day and came out almost exactly as I’d been envisioning them! Also experimented with painting in the translucent details under her gauzy veil; normally I would have conveyed those details with low-opacity lineart but I wanted a softer look for this one and I think it turned out pretty nicely. đŸ™‚

Working on a few other things right now including some original paperdoll designs and also a few character model sheets for a big project I can’t wait to share here (more will be revealed around late May or early June– so excited!). I’ll post some WIPs later this month as they get a little closer to completion. Check back soon!


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February Sketch Dump

February 2017 Sketch Dump - ©Dalliann 2017

Although February is the shortest month, for some reason it’s feeling twice as long this year… But I suppose a longer-than-average month is actually a good thing, right? More time to get stuff done! ~_^

Between commissions I’ve been working on several personal illustrations and projects– here’s a sneakpeak at a few of them. I’m most excited about the top one which features luna moths and lanterns– and has been circling around my head forever! Can’t wait to get it inked and colored!

More soon!


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New Illustration: A Magical Day In Grandpa’s Garden

A Magical Day In Grandpa's Garden - ©Dalliann 2017

Last year, I was commissioned to create a cover illustration for the first book in The Magical Garden Series by Miss Felicity Meadowsweet.  The book, which is about a brother and sister getting to know the fairies that live in their grandfather’s garden, was officially published today on Smashwords!

Although I’ve completed artwork for several book projects previously, this is the first one that’s actually gone to press– it’s so exciting to see the finished product! Congratulations, Felicity!

If you’re looking for a light-fantasy tale for young children, check it out! đŸ™‚


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