Illustration Friday- Mask

MaskedBig projects have taken up a lot of my time so far this summer, and soon I’ll be back to painting more miniatures for jewelry, so for this week’s Illustration Friday I wanted to allow myself something fun and simple. I love doing these soft little pencil drawings- building up the layers of graphite is so soothing, for some reason.

New Fairytale Paintings

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I know I haven’t posted in a while, but to be completely honest, I haven’t felt like putting forth the effort. Here, however, are some new paintings.

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New Painting- Snow White and Rose Red

Snow White and Rose Red

Remember this? I finally got around to finishing the last few details. The ground was left for last- its always the most frustrating part of a painting, at least for me. There’s a fine line between enough detail to be interesting, and so much that its distracting/ way too much work.

This is one of several pieces that I’ll be displaying at Sparrow Collective for Bay View Gallery Night next month. They’re all based on Grimm’s fairytales- an almost inexhaustible source of material. The story behind this piece is Snow White and Rose Red (not the Snow White you’re thinking of, though.) In it, two sisters, one white as snow and the other red as a rose, befriend a bear as small children. They grow up together, having a splendid time in the forest, until it is revealed that the bear was a prince, transformed by an unpleasant gnome’s spell. Rescued by the girls, the former forest creature marries Snow White (and I guess Rose Red is married to his brother?) It is one of many odd “girls marrying animals who aren’t” stories- the next piece that I’m painting is called ‘Rabbit’s Bride’ and is based on a much stranger story. But more on that later.

Illustration Friday- Vanity

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Another Bee Girl

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This is part of a gig poster I’m painting for Emblems for their show with Matt Pond PA.

Illustration Friday- Natural

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Here’s a tiny painting for this week’s Illustration Friday topic, natural. I’ve been working on new jewelry and seem to be stuck on a ‘nature’ theme, so the timing was great.

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Album Painting

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Just finished up a cover for Emblem’s new album, The Dark Season. It will be available to download on iTunes soon, but in the meantime they have some tracks streaming on Bandcamp. It was a fun project- as my work fits well with their sound in general, they gave me little direction. The best projects are always the ones where they let you paint more-or-less whatever you want. They’ll be at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall on May 9th with Matt Pond PA if you’re in the area- that’s certainly bound to be a good show.

Here are some process photos:

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