So many awesome people [friends, family, Beyonce] have birthdays this month! My friend Aja asked me to illustrate her fur family for her manfriend Michael as a birthday surprise. I had so much fun with this piece! They have two of the most adorable fluffy cats named Nuggets and Oscar that are impossibly laid back. Nuggets and Mike are best friends, despite the mean mugging shown here. Oscar is a sweet rescue kitty with a “chicken wing” foot. I was sure to include his goggles post eye surgery.
I’m quite happy with how this turned out, and even happier that it was well received and ready to hang in their home! Happy Birthday, Mike!
Ready to transfer the rough sketch!
Netflix and line work time! I’ve been on a documentary kick the last couple of weeks.
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Can you tell I love to make handmade cards
? Last year for our first anniversary I drew
a comic booklet
with the tale of how Neil and I met and finally became a couple (after years of mutual crushing). We both like exchanging cards (a crafty manfriend? I die…) particularly because we think it’s so cheesy when couples give store-bought cards for special occasions!
This year I had fun with watercolor peonies, trying my hand at doing some different lettering, and printing a timeline of favorite moments from the past year. I was very happy with how the Instagram prints turned out that I ordered from Persnickety Prints. The paper was a matte heavier weight, and the colors turned out nicely! Definitely will need to print more to hang above my desk.
Beneath the cover I watercolored some peonies. I was going to ink on top of the flowers, but I decided they should be left alone.
I was going through my desk today and with an open Sunday afternoon decided to make use of some neglected art supplies. I don’t think I’ve used my watercolors in five or six years! My senior year of high school I spent nearly all of my studio time painting, but at university I sketched sporadically or reached for my Prismacolor markers instead. Sometimes I would sketch something with intentions of painting and ended up worrying too much about ruining the drawing! So silly. It’s time I stop getting hung up on how things turn out and just practice!
I made quite a mess. My desk is filled with jewelry I need to put away, new stationary, warm-up sketches, and a pile of unsorted magazine clippings.
Same desk, different mess. I still have a ways to go, but I’m happy I haven’t totally forgotten how to use my brushes!
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