Sunday, July 10, 2016

Commissions Open!



I'm opening up a limited number of traditional commissions! 

Want a drawing of your favorite Sailor Scout? Sure thing! Marvel hero? No problem! The latest Pokemon you snagged on an afternoon walk? For sure! Massively popular historical musical character? Let's do it!

I'm currently open for personal commissions, done in pencil, ink, or marker. As of now, I'm not taking digital commissions. Traditional only.

All drawings will be on 7x10" 98 lbs paper stock, mailed in a sturdy protective envelope. As an added bonus, free stickers will be included with each piece while supplies last!

PENCIL SKETCHES: 
Single character: $30
+ $20 for each additional character

INK OR MARKER SKETCHES:
Single character: $50
+ $30 for each additional character

INK AND MARKER PIECES:
Single character: $75
+ $50 for each additional character

I will draw characters I'm not familiar with so long as you provide appropriate reference. However, I reserve the right to decline a subject.

Payments will be accepted through Paypal. Above pricing does not include shipping as that will vary person to person.

If interested, send an email to kyrstin.avello@gmail.com with what you have in mind. From there I can give you the customized total amount with shipping costs, and an ETA of when your piece will be completed. Once payment is received I will start drawing!

Below are example pieces done in a similar traditional route:


Reach out with questions! 💖

Sunday, July 3, 2016

I Love YuYu

Doing my teenage self proud and rewatching Yu Yu Hakusho with my brother. We're about halfway through already after only 3 or 4 days. In the prime of my love for this show I was his age exactly, so this is a bizarre experience. Golly, I feel old.

I was even able to purchase the complete series on BluRay with overnight shipping, never mind how difficult it was a decade ago to acquire all the DVDs!




He really loves Kurama, but I find myself falling back in love with Hiei all over again. I'll take Short, Mysterious with Insane Hair for 500, please!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

MerMay: Completed!

I recently finished up a successful #MerMay, which was a lovely excuse to draw mermaids each and every day for the entire month of May. Having completed other draw-a-day marathons, I wanted to give this one a go. One theme the entire month seemed intriguing, let alone a theme so near and dear to my heart having grown up with a certain Disney VHS on endless repeat.

I tried to play around with more narrative-driven poses, and as a result I really felt those drawing muscles being tested. Even with art as a career, I found it difficult to not only find time to do a drawing, but to do a drawing that didn't feel lazy or easy. This was quite the undertaking, and I can honestly say I learned a lot through the duration of the month. Ironically, my favorite pieces are the ones that frustrated me the most!

Check out my Instagram for the full lineup, but below are a few favorites:

















Here's to MerMay 2017!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Come See Us at C2E2!


I'll be tabling at C2E2 in Artist Alley this Friday thru Saturday with the awesome and talented Joe Feliciano! We'll be at table F14 selling prints, buttons, original art, and a few surprises! If you're attending be sure to stop by and say hi!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sketch Dailies: Ash Ketchum

Yesterday's theme for #Sketch_Dailies was Ash, and so here's a quick and dirty doodle. I watched these two religiously as a kid, so I couldn't pass this up!

Here's to the boy who is perpetually stuck at age 10, traveling the world to be The Very Best

Monday, February 8, 2016

Then and Now

I'm a sucker for these type of comparisons, and not having done one in a while I thought what the heck! I find it so inspiring to see the growth others go through, and it reiterates the value of hard work.

On the left is an Inktober drawing from 2014, while the right is a commission from the beginning of this year.



For whatever reason it's a widespread belief that artists are "born with talent," never mind the hours upon hours of blood, sweat, and tears behind the scenes. Just the same, it's all too easy to see awesome art and feel discouraged. But like the proverbial bike, you just have to keep at it. And have fun!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Floral Doodles


Eons ago I was asked by a friend/coworker if I'd be interested in contributing to an upcoming Kickstarter book. After an embarassing amount of time spent pulling my hair out and fretting about how on earth to approach the topic at hand, I finally sat down a few weekends back to hammer it out. It was pretty intimidating seeing some of the names involved, but at the end of the day I had a lot of fun. Above and below are abandoned/rough concepts for one of the pieces. 

Based on the glimpse I've seen it's going to be a super fun book, can't wait to share more!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Force Awakens

It's hard to believe The Force Awakens has been out for a month already - it seems like just yesterday we were amid all the anticipation and excitement prior to it's release. It has since made oodles and oodles of money at the box office, and has endeared itself to fans all over the world.

I had tried to steer clear of any marketing material past that initial trailer last spring... something rather difficult to do considering the plethora of ads on every part of the internet. In doing so, I really had no connection to - and very limited knowledge of - the new characters being introduced. To be honest, I couldn't even get their names straight for a spell, what with the one syllable pattern and all.

That changed almost immediately. Poe won me over in the first thirty seconds he was on screen, Finn and Rey doing the same shortly thereafter. I was smitten with each new face - which is truly saying something. It's no small feat to make unknown characters fit into a rich, beloved universe such as Star Wars!

I'm sure there are many who are tired of being inundated with merchandise every where they go, and can't wait for this wave of infatuation to be over with. But I have to say, I'll be riding this wave for a long time, yet.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

It's Been Swell, 2015!


It's that time of year once again, and we're all looking back at the past twelve months with either warm nostalgia or a bitter feeling of "Good Riddance." 

Cliche as it may sound, this year has been a bit of a whirlwind. It feels as though I was just digging myself out of last January's Snowmageddon, and here we are greeting a whole new unwritten year. 

Over the course of 2015 I said goodbye to many dear friends and work pals heading for greener pastures. Likewise I've had family cross state lines for similar work opportunities too good to pass up. So while I joke about abandonment issues, I'd be lying if I didn't miss the ol' days of seeing everyone regularly, selfishly wishing they were still walking distance from my cube rather than a few miles down the road or across country.

Outside of that, however, I have to say this year has treated me remarkably well. Last winter I met a hefty share of artistic idols while attending C2E2; I witnessed the amazing city of New Orleans in the spring, watching my dad cross the stage with his Masters in Criminal Justice Administration; the Avatar fanzine shipped in the fall, and I still pinch myself to have a piece among such talented contributors.

These past few months I've bought my first car*, saw my first game get shipped, contributed to my first gallery show, and even attended a Wrigley playoff game**. 


To close out the year, I couldn't decide on doing the full art summary or the #2015bestnine meme... so I did both, because why not!

2016 is quickly shaping up to be a unique adventure: I already have awesome news to share in the next few days, and I'm sure a plethora of Star Wars fan art is bound to make an appearance soon... Because if nothing else, 2015 gave us a new Star Wars movie in theaters and it did not disappoint.

Here's wishing you a very happy, safe new year!

*And likewise gotten into my first accident... eesh!
**A win, no less!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Between the city lights, festive lattes, and holiday traffic, I can't help but love Christmastime.

This year is especially unique as immediate family is flying in from out of state, and we have newcomers joining the craziness in the form of boyfriends and roommates. Our house is going to be quite the scene, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Add to that the fact we have a new - and all kinds of amazing - Star Wars movie gracing theaters, and this truly is the most wonderful time of the year!