Drawlloween 2019 Gallery

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As I posted previously, I  participated in the October 2019 Drawlloween challenge. There were daily prompts, but I chose to pick one prompt per week. I posted teaser images on my Instagram and Facebook, but I chose to release the finalized pieces in an online gallery here.

The prompts I chose were “cryptid,” “pumpkin man” (I took some gender liberties here), “”Yokai,” and “haunted forest.” Some of the fun in this challenge was diving into the mythology of some of these creatures. I was completely new to the Yokai, and really dug to find out more about cryptids and cryptozoology. Click through the gallery below.

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Devil Worship & Drawlloween

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The spooky season always get my creative blood flowing. Here is “Devil Inside,” a piece created with Micron pen and colored pencil. Prints of her will be available at the Oddball Art Hall show on October 18th. CLICK HERE for more info on that. (Or go back to my previous post.)

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Devil Inside

I will also be participating in the Mab Graves Drawlloween challenge. For those who aren’t familiar with it, pop surrealist artist Mab Graves creates prompts  to create a virtual drawing club in October. (Also referred to as Mab’s Drawlloween Club.) Time is so fleeting in October, so I’ve decided to take on one prompt per week in October. Follow me on Instagram to keep up with my Drawlloween progress. CLICK HERE to follow me on IG.

 

XOXOXO

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A close friend got married this weekend. Her (then fiance) had mentioned years ago that she’d like a piece of art from me for their home. As a wedding gift I painted this portrait of them. Their colors intermingle to create one larger piece. It was a beautiful way to kick off Pride Month!

“The sight of lovers feedeth those in love.”

Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare

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DFAD 2019: Library of Stories

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During the month of February I participated in Delaware Fun-a-Day 2019, a local draw-a-day challenge. This year, my theme was Library of Stories. Each piece was inspired by a book that I have a personal connection with. I used text from the books in each piece. It was part of the group show in early March on display at the Center for the Creative Arts.

The books the pieces were based off of include:

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Wicked by Jeremy McGuire

Ariel by Sylvia Plath

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Death and Taxes by Dorothy Parker

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Night by Eli Wiesel

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Diaries by Anais Nin

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Poems by Paul Celan

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

 

Click below to see photos and a digital gallery of the pieces.

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Moons and Junes and Ferris Wheels…

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The dizzy dancing way you feel. 

I’ve always been a little obsessed with moon faces. Perhaps its the dreamy vintage illustrations I have always adored. Perhaps its the art from The Smashing Pumpkins Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness from my early teen years.

Well, I got a new watercolor pan set over the holidays, so I put together this watercolor self portrait. Click through the album to see work in progress shots to the finished painting.

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Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

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This winter there was a new addition to the family in the form of a brand new nephew. I wanted to gift something he could enjoy through the years, so I painted this for his nursery. It’s based off the children’s poem Wynken, Blynken, and Nod And Nod.

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
   Sailed off in a wooden shoe,—
Sailed on a river of crystal light
   Into a sea of dew.
“Where are you going, and what do you wish?”
   The old moon asked the three.
“We have come to fish for the herring-fish
   That live in this beautiful sea;
   Nets of silver and gold have we,"
            Said Wynken,
            Blynken,
            And Nod.

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Secret Santa Portrait Reveal

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Finally! Today is the day! I can post this lovely portrait I did for the Sktchy app’s Secret Santa art exchange. I sent the piece off 2 weeks ago, but couldn’t post it until today to keep the surprise. We were provided a small piece of cardstock for the project.  I treated the cardstock they provided with watercolor grounds before painting over it, which gave it a fun texture.

Merry Artmas!

Sktchy Art Exchange

 

Secret Santa Art Exchange!

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As I’m sure I’ve mentioned in recent posts, I joined the SKTCHY app, and I’m digging it. It’s a great way to connect with other visual artists. I joined their Secret Santa art exchange this year. I just finished my piece, and I’m dropping it in the mail today. I really like how it turned out. The catch? I can’t post it online until December 21st, or I’ll spoil the surprise! Well, my cheating heart can’t staunchly agree to that, so here is a little teaser of my finished piece. Check the website on December 21st when I reveal the whole painting.

Sktchy Art Exchange teaser image

I see you shiver with antici…pation. 

In the meantime, if you’re part of the SKTCHY app you can follow me HERE.

Quick Live Drawing Session

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It’s getting to be snuggle in your pj’s under a mound of blankets weather here on the east coast. I bundled up in a ridiculous Hello Kitty onesie tonight and drew a quick rendition of myself as Death the Endless.

More drawing videos are on my Twitch channel- TWITCH.TV/UGLYSTEPSISTER

New Live Sketching on Twitch + New Painting

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I have another live video creating a portrait sketch from the Sktchy app on my Twitch channel. Go to TWITCH.TV/UGLYSTEPSISTER to view it. Please watch and follow me there! My streaming art channel is just a fledgling now, but I have big plans in store!

lavender haired girl portrait sized for web

Finished piece from the Twitch channel. Micron pen and marker. 

And here is an alcohol ink painting I started to demonstrate different techniques for a recent class. It started with a “ghost stamping” technique, with layered painting using a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol. Below is the end result.

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“Space Witch,” Alcohol ink, stamps on yupo paper.