Friday, October 30, 2020

Happy Halloween!

 I found time to make a Halloween paper doll! Typically, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. This year, instead of running wild around town, we're going to see my parents. We're having a pinata, a movie, and that's about it.  Small, manageable, but fun.

 The main reason why I managed to get a Halloween paper doll together is because I used an old sketch! 

This sketch is at least five years old, maybe more. Somewhere along the way I stopped signing and dating sketches. I might be able to figure out a more precise date if I dig... Anyway, it's been languishing for a while. I always loved the doll on the left and decided to go for it. 


My favorite program right now is Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. It's free, easy to use, and I LOVE it. And it's available for pretty much every platform. I took my scribble into Sketchbook and tinkered. Once I was happy, I "inked" it, colored it, and added textures & patterns.  It took most of the week. Considering the kids are remote learning, "the week" is like three hours a day!! 


And here she is! I'm posting it in color and black & white. Feel free to download and play with it. And happy haunting on Halloween!

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Books! Books! Books!

It's been a looooong time between posts! Pandemics, remote learning, etc, have definitely cut into art time. I'm not posting here as much as I'd like but I AM keeping busy! I have two new books available and I wanted to share them here.

First up, Fun with Mom

I wanted to create a vintage style mom & daughter book wit modern themes. It went through A LOT of sketches and edits! 

The covers were especially tough for me. I've worked on a bunch of covers and layouts for other artists, but found my own challenging. I reached out for help & the absolutely wonderful David Wolfe cooked up a vintage inspired idea.

I'm really happy with how it all came together! You can grab a copy here.

Next up is Rose & Ivy.

This started as a 100 day project way back in April of 2019. I decided to pick & chose among the 20 pages I created for that project and added a few new new pieces, too. For this, the cover was designed before the doll was even colored! I had some clip art that I just loved and based the color scheme on that as well. Once I colored the dolls in pink and green, that's when I came up with Rose and Ivy. This book was almost exclusively colored in Autodesk Sketchbook Pro - it's a natural media program and it's free for just about every platform. You can download it here if you're interested.The outfits are loosely based on the Victorian era. And it's all skirts and dresses! Grab your copy here

I'm hoping to share a few more projects before the end of the year. I'm on Instagram with more regular updates!