Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Little Witch on a Scooter - From Sketch to Finished Illustration

I scanned my original sketch at 300 dpi into Photoshop, then used a few standard Photoshop Dry Media Brushes (graphite pencil, charcoal pencil, and #2 pencil) to color it in a soft black, orange, and brown Halloween palette. As I worked, I made some changes to the original drawing, mainly to the cat and the little witch's face. In the sketch, the cat is facing backward. I turned him around so he is now facing forward and visually engaged with the little witch. Originally, he was a long, lean critter, but I decided to change him into a plump, sleekly satisfied black cat. I made the witch's face softer and wider and moved her hair so you can clearly see her sweet expression. In addition, I made her feet smaller (no need to give the poor girl boats for feet!) and added the pumpkin lantern as a finishing touch. Finally, I added texture by scanning in a sheet of watercolor paper. I scaled it back to 12% and placed it on a layer behind the drawing. I multiplied the drawing layer so the texture shows through. My goal was to retain the original feel of a hand-drawn illustration, and I'm pretty pleased with the results.

You can find "Little Witch on a Scooter" at my Etsy shop, Raven and Renn.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Montana Avenue Art Walk 2014

Remember that old saying: "A good time was had by all?" That pretty much sums up my feelings about this year's Montana Avenue Art Walk. I met so many lovely people who were out for a stroll on a fine summer's evening, and who stopped by to look, to chat, and to buy my art. And a very special thanks to my hosts, the fine folks at Whole Foods, who went out of their way to make sure the evening was a success.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Rose Red

Rose Red - another painting inspired by a beautiful vintage dress.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Calla Lily

One day when I was doing costume research online, I came across a picture of a stunning dress from the 1920s. I could just imagine the kind of girl who would wear such a frothy creation: someone lovely and ethereal and other-worldly; a girl who would wait, a little impatiently, for the world to begin.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014



A character sketch for a story I'm writing about the adventures of Meira, a girl who lives in the forest with her pet owl Wiggins.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Free Form Sketching

Some of my favorite character designs have evolved from little "subconcious" sketches I've made while sitting through seminars, classes, and meetings. I doodled these three little guys during an illustrator meetup on Monday night. I'm pretty taken with the boy with the backpack and the girl who resembles Alice in Wonderland, so I'll put them in my ideas file, let them percolate, and possibly include them in a future drawing or painting.