Marker Love

I like using lots of different mediums. Lately it’s been markers- a combination of Prisma, Copic, and Tombow to be specific. I think everyone’s first reaction to “markers” are flashbacks to the Crayola Washables- but I assure you, markers can be quality! This whole marker-use started fairly recent and was a result of my friend moving to New York. She was clearing out everything she owned, wanting to make her move across the country easy-as-pie, and I ended up leaving her apartment with bags of goodies. When she handed me this box of ($$$) markers, I was super hesitant to just take them (like I said, $$$!) but my super sweet friend insisted! So thank you, Lauren! Your incredibly generous gift has changed my art-game!

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I love how easy it is to just start a piece! Having a bag full of markers and a sketch pad is an incredibly portable art medium. I tend to do my best work at a cafe (have I mentioned how much I love that cliche?), on the floor, or on my bed. As much as I tried- painting in bed doesn’t work. I’m prone to coziness, what can I say. So this particular medium is pretty perfect for me.

I’m happy to say that I’ve been producing lots of work in this style. I haven’t felt this motivated to illustrate since art school. It’s so satisfying finding a formula that work for you.

Heart Pinata

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Alright, I know it’s not quite February but it’s close enough to start bombarding ya’ll with lots and lots of hearts right? I recently dressed the Story window for February/Valentines, and my statement creation was a heart pinata! Here’s some progress pics of how it was done:

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I’m so happy with how it came out! Given enough time, cardboard, and tape…I think I could go pinata crazy! Hoping to squeeze in a few more (little) valentine’s day inspired pinatas soon!

Petal Experiment

I tried an experiment in paper dying in the sun a week or so ago. It failed miserably. But the idea (and the photos) were interesting.

We have a boganvalia bush in our backyard. I love the vibrancy of these flowers so I thought I would pick some and put them in water as a center piece. After a couple days the water dyed magenta. I had some cheap watercolor paper and wanted to see what would happen if I left flower soaked paper out in the sun for a couple days.

Nothing happened.

 

In my defense, it was cloudy the entire time! The sun went away as soon as I put my tray outside and stayed away that whole week. So maybe if it had been warmer and sunnier I’d have beautifully colored and odd patterned watercolor paper now…..or maybe nothing would’ve happened.

 

Me, oh my

Technically this is a self portrait. Not an intentional self portrait, but I did use myself as reference. It’s a lot easier to paint myself as a character than as a normal self portrait. This particular piece was for a conceptual dessert book illustrating the recipe name, “Love at First Bite: Cherry Cobbler.” A bit of a stretch, but so much more interesting than a cobbler painting, right? A grittier version would have been so much fun to paint, but since we were dealing with food, I couldn’t make it too unappetizing…

I use myself as reference quite often, mostly for sketching though. This “Love at First Bite” painting is one of the only fully rendered paintings of myself I have. I would much rather use a model, but sometimes I’m all I have access to. I use myself because I know exactly what poses I want. I use myself because I don’t care if I draw myself ugly. I use myself because sometimes I just need to sketch something and photo booth on my computer is the easiest solution. I obviously don’t mind drawing myself, but more than that I’m starting to really enjoy drawing characters of myself.