Monday, June 19, 2017

Juggie

A friend and I recently started watching Riverdale out of boredom, and goodness we are hooked.

I read the books as a kid, though admittedly don't remember much. Mostly I remember chilling with tacos and blankets in a friend's treehouse as we sat reading for hours on end.

At some point I really want to take a crack at all the characters, as they're so fun and iconic. So to start off: Jughead!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Summertime Painting


We haven't done a Drink + Draw event in several months, and with the weather finally having some consistency decided to fix that. It's always a blast to chill outside and draw, let alone with some swell, talented folks.

I've been playing with watercolors more and more the past few weeks, mostly thanks to Joe hosting weekly lunch painting sessions. It's been an uphill battle getting the hang of the medium, but I've slowly come to embarrass the happy accidents that arise. Plus, I've fallen completely in love with these water container brushes which really lend themselves to painting mobility.

(For curious minds, this is the set that I've been using which comes with said brush, and would highly recommend it: Kuretake 14 cake set.)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Then & Now


Upwards of two years ago, I was approached to contribute to a book idea that a friend was getting off the ground. The premise? Dig up some childhood artwork and revisit it present day. 

Luckily I had a plethora of awkward childhood gems on hand to reference, and was utterly giddy to be a small part of this book. Over 30 artists re-iminaged pieces from their youth, and it's just as awesome and embarrassing as it sounds. 

Adam and Bob recently launched the Kickstarter for Then and Now, and with just over two weeks to go we've already reached our goal and are looking forward to adding some new fun tiers. Be sure to hop over and check it out! 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Yes, Capes!


Saw Wonder Woman again tonight with the fam, and man oh man girl can wear a cape! Also, I loved this movie even more this go round, flaws and all. 💛

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Groot's Got The Moves

Some days are better than others, and some days you're commissioned to draw dancing Baby Groot! 



He'll ultimately be done traditionally, but I wanted to start getting the hang of drawing this little dude. I'm super excited to tackle this commission, because while I went into GotG Vol 2 wanting to dislike Baby Groot -- admit it, pop culture took him and ran with it so hard, you couldn't enter any store without seeing a toy of him -- I was already in love by the time that opening sequence had begun. Too cute! 

I also haven't done a WIP gif in a while, so let's do this:



Monday, June 5, 2017

Hero of Love


Goodness, did this film deliver! It was as close to perfect as any movie with impossible expectations has any right to be. Sure I have qualms, but I'm just so darn happy it exists.

What I would give to have had this movie to cherish as a 7 or 8 year old. I'm so incredibly happy girls (and boys) today have this film to love and watch again and again. The gold standard for super heroines when I was growing up was Batgirl -- and Poison Ivy, if you want to grow this small circle to include the few villainess in existence as well -- in Batman and Robin. And we all know how great of a movie that was.

Anywho. Back to Wonder Woman, because seriously: that No Man's Land scene...!! I've not stopped thinking about it since I left that theater. I'm totally not above admitting the waterworks were legit that entire sequence.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Almost Time: C2E2 2017

It's that time of year again: I'll be tabling at C2E2 with the talented and amazing Joe Feliciano!

We will be in Artist Alley, table R7 all set up with prints, books, patches, magnets, the works.




Super stoked to see everyone next week, come on over and say hey!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Work!


Still riding this high... I know it's cliche at this point but I couldn't help but draw these awesome ladies. Also managed to snag a pic of the super preliminary sketches, because this is a rare instance where I started on ye ol' pencil and paper:


I will have this as a print coming up next month for C2E2. Details to follow!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Next Stop: Puerto Vallarta

While not art related, I wanted to do a quick post just because I'm going to dream about this vacation for eons: after never having been to Mexico, I've now been twice in the past 4 months! A few friends and I planned a somewhat impromptu weekend trip to Puerto Vallarta, and I had the time of my life. 

There were blue skies for days, the best tacos I've ever had, and despite all the Spring Breakers everywhere, everyone we encountered who lives there year round was super welcoming and kind. I left feeling so inspired and invigorated, something desperately needed among this dreary Chicago winter. 

In the words of Hamilton's James Madison... Highlights










As I said: with all the dreary gray Chicago weather we've endured, seeing so much vibrant color was a sight for sore eyes. (Heck, even just seeing the sun was a sight for sore eyes!) With it being a weekend trip there wasn't a lot of time to sit down and paint, but goodness to see these sights I felt the urge hourly.

Here's to the next visit, Mexico!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas 2017!

While much to the dismay of my family I've fallen rather far from the tree of religion, yet I can't help have a soft spot for Christmas. Really the entire span of Thanksgiving through New Years is just so special in my eyes, and while I may not identify with the Christian symbolism surrounding this time of year I find myself embracing many Christmas traditions. This includes doing an annual card to snail mail out to friends and family!


This year's card was actually done traditionally while on a cruise ship off the coast of Mexico, and once I got home I digitized the design to be more inline with my original vision. It was a ton of fun to do, and honestly: painting on a ship bound for Mexico was a dream.

With that said, a very Merry Christmas to those celebrating! And to those who aren't, may your day be merry and bright nonetheless. Hugs!