Monstera Sunday

My first totally finished image using a tablet! There are a few others that are works in progress, but I’m really excited to have this one finished first!

I’ve become an avid gardener over the last 18 months or so, with an ever growing collection of cactuses and succulents (really the only plants that can survive out in my only outdoor space. Don’t ask my about my herbs!). I wish I had enough space for some indoor plants, but for now, I’m just happy to be able to practice drawing them.

Maybe some “portraits” of plants in my collection are in order!

Charlie

Introducing Charlie the goldendoodle!

So floppy.

I never shared what happened with this artwork! This is how Charlie turned out, in tote bag form!

And the back.

Check out my previous post for a peek at how this was done as an original ink drawing. Thinking in reverse like that was a trip!

I’ve been teaching myself lately how to draw on the computer using a tablet. It’s both a blessing and a curse so far; I’m really enjoying working on future projects, and pushing myself now that I’m working in a format that is easier to reproduce with silkscreening (like Charlie above). But it also allows me to tweak tweak tweak every little bit until it’s perfect. And it’s never perfect!

Nonetheless, I look forward to sharing what I come up with soon!

Charlie the Dog

Front Design

I recently had the opportunity to work on an interesting project; a design for a tote bag that would be printed front and back. I’ve really enjoyed pushing myself to design specifically for silkscreening; it reminds me a lot of the block printing classes I took in college, and how that really helped me expand a skill set beyond the painting classes I had taken previously.

Back Design

It also ended up being a bit of an anatomy challenge!

The final result.

Love Is In The Air

All You Need Is Love
Lovebirds in watercolor, 2019

My first completed artwork of 2019!

I recently turned 30, which has filled me with mixed emotions. What did I expect my life would be like at this point? Am I satisfied with how things are? Am I at peace with the path I’m on? What needs to change?

Having my birthday right next to New Year’s has always been interesting. Growing up, it meant stunted parties. Now, it’s a double-whammy of traditional life evaluation dates. For the past 10 years or so, I’ve always had the same New Year’s resolution- “Next year will be better.” It’s nebulous, and can be interpreted in dozens of ways. It doesn’t necessarily mean everything will be better; just something, anything.

But turning 30 is starting to impact me more than I thought it would, and it’s probably time to start having more solid goals going forward, which means I have to start thinking about what those goals actually are.

#1: Prioritize painting again. Hopefully I’m off to a good start. I’m excited to share soon what this painting is for.

The South Pasadena Arts Crawl

I recently got the opportunity to make this season’s South Pasadena Arts Crawl poster! I love that the posters are always done by local artists, and a great variety of art is always featured. After a little brainstorming back and forth with the art director, we hit upon this idea- something that celebrates women’s history month, an exciting nighttime procession, and, my personal favorite bit, a nod to the Olympic Games white tiger mascot.

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The finished art for the South Pasadena Arts Crawl poster

Each element was painted separately in black and white ink, then put together and colored in Photoshop. It’s like the next evolution of the process I used in college, where I would draw all of my elements separately, play with moving them around to make the perfect composition, then transfer them all onto my watercolor paper.

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My standard-bearer

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The winking tiger