Friday, October 24, 2014

The 4" x 4" Sketch Challenge

This is the first in my new series of tiny sketch challenges. I thought it only fitting that, given the season, the theme should be Halloween. The rules are simple: make a small piece of art (4" x 4") with a Halloween theme. Use color, black and white, paint, pencil, charcoal, photos, collage - whatever medium you choose. And you don't have to be an artist to take part - it's just fun to try to make a picture in such a small space, like writing a one-line short story or doing a gesture sketch in life drawing. If you decide to join the challenge, post your tiny masterpiece on your blog or website and send me a link in the comments section so I can share. Oh - I just remembered one more rule - have fun!

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.