Sunday, February 26, 2012

Valentine dress

I know Valentine's Day has past, but I say it's never too late for pink heart dresses.

This was one of those last minute ideas I made as an excuse to blog about something. 

I love designing clothes, especially outfits I'd love to wear, but can't actually have. And since designing pretty outfits has been a long lasting passion of mine, I've added a new fashion section to this blog.

My fashion designing isn't constant, but now and then I'll draw in spurts, and I'll be sure to post the designs when I can.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Amora, an art request

 This picture is an art request I made for an old buddy of mine. The female fox in this golden desert scene is named, Amora.

I used an already existing desert background and altered it in Photo Shop. Though sort of cheating, I loved how well the picture went with the character, and felt it did the figure justice. 
In my opinion, the posterized realism combined with the painted cartoon style gave it a similar feel to the film,"Who Framed Roger Rabbit".  With a few touches of shading, I did my best to make the character "blend" with the photo.
 I'm not one for drawing animal characters; it's not actually my style, but I challenged myself to try something new, and outside my comfort zone. 

I used a new program called Corel Painter Essentials (a little bonus that came with our new bamboo tablet, a recent family gift) to color Amora. 
It was my second time using Corel Painter on this project, and I fell in love with the many different brush stroke options, including the digital airbrush, used for shading.
Since I don't like drawing digitally, that part I do on paper. Want to know a little secret? I traced a picture of a fox head, made a few adjustments, then used it as a starting point for the rest of Amora's body.

Here's a thanks to my friend for giving me this challenge.
Happy viewing.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Small journal day inserts

Recently I've managed to complete several more pages for my 2010 journal.
Since some of my journal passages are far shorter than others, I decided to make small inserts for those very brief moments. Above are the first two pages I'll be adding to the second half of my 2010 journal.
They were very simple; all I did was make a large tag essentially, and embossed black flowers on the edge, with a little black chalk to pull it together. The black one with a coffee mug is a tag, makes a great insert if you add an edge for holes. Some people will punch strait through the tag to add in their book, but to me adding an edge and backing gives more room to write, and looks much cleaner.
Since the back of my medium insert seemed boring, I stamped some black dots on it. Not sure if I'll leave it the way it is, or add a picture to it. We''ll see when I start pulling my book together....whenever that will be.