Wednesday, February 10, 2016

self portrait

So the past few posts were basically me throwing a whole lot of stuff at the internet. I find I'm at peace with that.

This last post (which is 5 out of what turned out to be 5 posts) was a self-portrait assigned by Ms. Frazee. This piece was a turning point for me: it was one of those delicate wooden puzzle boxes that you fiddle and fiddle and fiddle with til something clicks! and it opens! followed by a long while of "wait, what, how did that go again, what was the sequence....argh, why did I close it!" and you fiddle to get it open again. It gets easier by-and-by, but that first time is pivotal because now you know it can open and you can open it. You're not just a clumsy oaf who can't open puzzle boxes.




medium: WATERCOLOR. I'm pretty damn sure this time. 

twinkle twinkle

Posting a few old portfolio things to begin making way for new portfolio things! Part 4/I-don't-know.

These next few story bits and pieces are from a few years ago, specifically from the classroom of great illustrator whisperer, Marla Frazee

Text by Jane Taylor:





medium: I'm going to say watercolor and pencil and be pretty confident about that.

untitled: that starry night

Posting a few old portfolio things to begin making way for new portfolio things! Part 3/I-don't-know.

These next few story bits and pieces are from a few years ago, specifically from the classroom of great illustrator whisperer, Marla Frazee

A turning point in a father-son relationship:





(I hate fishing...)





medium: I'm like 98.75% sure this is watercolor....(but really that damn 1.25%....)

chicken little

Posting a few old portfolio things to begin making way for new portfolio things! Part 2/I-don't-know.

These next few story bits and pieces are from a few years ago, specifically from the classroom of great illustrator whisperer, Marla Frazee

I still think is funny...(I might be the only one):

(this is all at various levels of finish....because that's apparently how I rolled in 2014)







medium: pretty sure this is watercolor...


the boy who cried wolf

Posting a few old portfolio things to begin making way for new portfolio things! Part 1/I-don't-know.

These next few story bits and pieces are from a few years ago, specifically from the classroom of great illustrator whisperer, Marla Frazee

A variation of The Boy Who Cried Wolf:






medium: mostly watercolor, I think....can't remember (alas!)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

distractions ii

"What she wanted was to see something no else could see or would see,
and maybe that was asking more magic than was in the world."

(The Raven Cycle, Book 1)


I like The Raven Cycle.
I like colored pencil art.
I like drawing.

ergo....



medium: not colored pencil.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

distractions i

I fanarted. Not sorry.

In writing (the commercial stuff at least), they say if you can't summarize your epic story in one or two sentences then even you probably don't know what your own story is about.




Given my geographical bearings, even a stodgy old lady such as myself gets to do something ridiculously cool every now and then.  Via a ridiculously cool friend, I got to attend an early screening of Big Hero 6 and it inspired this bit of ink and watercolor as a thank-you gift for letting me tag along.

To me, this is the story in a nutshell. Spoiler-free: it's Baymax softening the hard edges of Hiro.

As a social-media-stunted shame to my generation, I don't use my tumblr as a tumblr so you can go to Ridiculously Cool Friend's tumblr to get in on this tumblring action (am I even using real words anymore?) and see more great fanart from the event in question under a very official #BigHero6MeetUp tag.




(I'm the chemist!)

#BigHero6MeetUp