New Illustration: Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower Seeds - ©Dalliann 2016

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! 😀


WIP: Lots of lineart…

Sorry it’s been so quiet, lately. I’ve actually been really productive and in the zone over the last month but I can’t post most of my work, yet, because it’s time sensitive… But I can share a few lineart pieces I’m working on right now.

These two fairies are from a set of five that I’m aiming to complete and post by the end of next month. They’re going to be colored like vintage seed packets. Can you tell I have gardening on the brain? Just waiting for the last bit of snow to melt off the mountain and then I can play in the dirt with my plants! 😀

This one probably won’t be completed until mid-to-late summer but I’m really excited about the planned color palette (see the turquoise cabochon and peacock feathers?!) so I’ll probably be sneaking time on it when I should be doing other things… I’ll try to remember to post more WIP shots as I make progress on it. 🙂


Back to basics…

A few weeks ago my Wacom tablet started glitching pretty frequently so I’m saving up for a new one. In the meantime, I’m praying it won’t die on me in the middle of a commission and have decided to use it only while inking/coloring. All my sketch work has reverted to old-fashioned pen and paper.

Fairytale Sketches - ©Dalliann 2016

It was really strange at first. It’s been a long time since I’ve sketched exclusively without an undo button and I’m finding that’s the hardest thing to get used to. But it definitely makes you commit to your work. (Or rip it out of your book, wad it up in a ball, and NOT make the trashcan-shot only two feet away– or maybe that’s just me). ~_^

Alice Paper Doll Sketches - ©Dalliann 2016

Even though this process is taking a lot longer than my usual digital sketching, I’ve actually been happier with the results. For a long time I’ve felt like something was missing in my illustrations; I look at old pieces I love and it seems like they’re more representative of ‘me’ than anything I’ve created in the last year or so. I’m not sure exactly what that missing ingredient is, yet, but with each sketch completed over the last month I feel like I’m getting closer to finding it. And that’s keeping me smiling even while my tablet is being spastic. 😀

Mermaid Sketches - ©Dalliann 2016

So here’s a sketch-dump full of stuff I’m working on. We’ve got fairytales, paper dolls, and mermaids– check back soon for the finished illustrations!


New Illustration: Autumn

Autumn - ©Dalliann 2016

I was planning to share some work-in-progress posts of the four seasons illustrations I started late last year but this month’s to-do list has been so full that I couldn’t even find the time to edit the WIP screen-shots, much less post them here… But they’re all finally finished and hanging in the gallery— so go check them out. 🙂

I’m posting Autumn here because she’s my favorite of the group. Sometimes when I work on a series of illustrations, the one that I start out liking best turns out to be the one I like least when they’re all done. But this one has remained on top throughout the whole process (probably because I am biased toward that season, anyway)…

I’ll likely be absent another couple weeks because I have a few more projects to finish up– but after that, I’ve got a bunch of sketches and some new Sink artwork to share. Check back soon! ^_^


Feeling the new…

Happy 2016! I love January 1st more than any other day of the year. Even though it doesn’t make a lot of sense– I mean, I know it’s just a man-made date on the calendar– I always feel refreshed and energized and new on this day. An entire year lies ahead, full of opportunity! It’s exciting!

And I want to share a few things that I’m currently excited about:

Enchanted Visions Project – Originally started by fantasy artists Amy Brown and Jessica Galbreth, this group issues art challenges with a new theme each month. I’ve really missed participating in challenges like this and it’s a great way to meet other creative, inspiring people.

Business of Illustration – This is a blog run by Neil Swaab, a professional artist who wears many hats and provides advice to other artists who are trying to establish or improve their creative careers. I can’t remember exactly how I stumbled across this site but I’m glad I did! Each post I’ve read has been motivating, prompting me to scrutinize my own business and production practices and start thinking about how to make them more effective. I foresee this becoming one of my go-to resources.

Scattered Squirrel – I’m kind of obsessed with organization blogs and this is a fun one– especially if you like printables! For the last couple years I’ve been designing and printing my own day-planner pages and I think having a system tailored to my own management style has really helped my productivity. This blog provides ideas for planning your own custom pages as well as lots of free, ready-to-print designs for all types of agenda books. If one of your 2016 resolutions is to become more organized, start here!

So those are a few of the things currently fueling my enthusiasm for days to come. What are you excited about this year? 🙂


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