Hey everyone! Hope you all had and are continuing to have a wonderful holiday season! I had a great time with my family, boyfriend and of course my dogs! Holiday pet portraits had officially come to a close but now with the near year approaching, I'm open and looking forward to doing much more! I'd like to experiment with some more illustrative portraiture for these guys! Also I'm hoping to get another book out this year so we'll see what 2013 brings!
I've always been a big Tim Burton fan and I have been waiting to see his new "Frankenweenie" for awhile! When I saw it, I honestly felt unlike anything I've ever felt before. The inspiration flowing through me was almost unbearable! I had to get to work right away! This is my version of the late, beloved Sparky. Combine my pet portraiture and spooky illustration :)
If you haven't seen the film, get in the Halloween spirit and check it out! Very worthwhile!
The 7th annual Pet Expo was a great experience! It was my first public event showcasing my love for pet portraiture. I had always been interested in replicating animals on paper since I was a little girl. My childhood dog, Shep, was my muse for years and years! So needless to say, I've had a lot of practice! Here are some shots from the Expo. I did some short sketches of pets that were there and offered prints & business cards. I think it was a pretty successful day! Busy and fun!
If interested in a commission for the holidays, I'm accepting them until the first week of December, just to make sure they all get out in time. To inquire about pricing, you can always contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
September 29th is coming up so soon and I'm feeling more prepared for this than I ever did for any kind of art related show. On top of just getting my name out there as a professional Pet Portrait artist, I'm going to be doing some sketches of anyone's dog for $15 a piece with watercolor pencil & pen. I've been practicing with all different breeds and been having a lot of fun!
Click on the Pet Expo link on the right side of my blog to get the details! If you're in the Burlington County area in NJ this coming Saturday, and you love your pet, it'll be well worth checking out!
The signing was fun and definitely a good experience. I finally got to meet the REAL Kippy! And I was not disappointed :)
Author Robert Lunsk, Kippy herself, and I.
Me & Kippy!
So until the next adventure of Kippy takes off, I'm continuing my love for doggies & kitties with my pet portraits...getting as ready as I can for the Pet Expo at the end of the month. Getting my canine on!
The author of Kippy Berryfoote's "Suppose I Am Myself" Robert Lunsk and myself will be at Rhinoceros Gamery & Toys in Haddonfield, NJ this coming Friday for a reading of the story and a book sale/signing. Kippy herself will be there and it should be a great time! Com on out and join us!
I decided to help my brother decorate his new house with an original Blue Moon canvas. I haven't painted a thing in oil since college. It actually felt good to dive back in. This was a quickie that I completed in one day.
So I actually entered an art show, something I don't seem to do enough of. Since I primarily want to get into pet portraiture and animal-oriented children's books, I decided to do a nice outdoor portrait of my rescued canine, Dillan. I called it, Pick-A-Dilly - just one of his many nicknames :)
Unfortunately, I don't have a nice scan of this piece so please excuse my phone-camera-quality. It's going to be for sale too -- no more being crazy attached to every piece of art that I do!
Well, it's finally over - Philly's Wizard World 2012 Comic Con. I went nuts trying to get everything done in preparation for the show and I still couldn't do it all. I'm pretty relieved now but man, this past weekend was so much fun! Between meeting new people, selling prints, talking art with fellow artists, and hanging out with my favorite ones all weekend, it allowed me to get "re-inspired" if you will. Here's some pics from the Con.
My favorite artist comrades!
Above are some new pieces I did for fun for the Con. Very different, some in subject matter and some in medium, but I had lots of fun with this and may continue to experiment!
Hello! I've been having a pretty exciting Memorial Day week, after my much needed relaxing/art-filled weekend. I've been getting my Fan stuff ready for print to bring to our table at Philadelphia's Wizard World convention this weekend. Artist Alley there is always fun! If you're going, please stop by the Rough Sketch table and say hi!
My weekend at the studio/boyfriend's house.
Also I received the honor to come to Carson Elementary School this morning as the featured guest speaker "wow" and talk with the kids about how art can be taken out of the classroom and into real life & career paths! I walked them through the steps I took bringing Kippy's story to life that I had just finished and it was a really good time. The little ones were so interested and enthusiastic. I even got a little too into telling the story by using voices and jumping around :) Sometimes my inner child gets the best of me!
Hope you're enjoying the summer weather and get your butt out to the Philly Convention Center this weekend! It's always a good time!
I've been having lots of fun doing something I haven't done since I was a teenager...FAN ART! I figured since the Comic Con in Philadelphia is coming up it would be the perfect excuse to do some fun artwork upon the completion of Kippy. Below are some suggestions I got via Facebook. Would love to do more.
Carnage is one of my FAVORITE anti-heroes of all time!
Maximum Carnage anyone?
Earth Worm Jim! He's such a groovy guy!
Remember him from Sega Genesis and the cartoon in the '90s?
Kippy is finally complete! I'm hoping to be able to snag a few copies for Philadelphia's Wizard World convention :) Regardless, I will be there with prints & my portfolio as usual. I'm just relaxing and doing "fan art" (something I haven't done since I was in high school nearly) to make prints for. I'm a big Xbox Dead or Alive fan and maybe I can throw some Halo in there too :) Gotta let the nerdy side come out sometime. Sketches/final art to come!
For now though, I thought I'd show a pet/portrait I cranked out pretty quickly last week. I unfortunately didn't have a chance to get a good scan of it. Here's how it came out...via Android.
This is the first time in a LONG time that I decided to go back to wet media in my illustrations. Being I didn't quite know what I was going for or what I wanted it to look like, it freed my mind some more and let me just go with it. I blew the dust off of my watercolors and started experimenting. It did feel good to just let myself go and be loose. Although I can't say no to color pencils no matter what, I have to say I'm pretty happy with how this cover came out. It's different than what I usually come up with, but I don't mind it.
I'm very proud and excited to say I've happily taken up a childrens book project with a fantastic client! Kippy, the cute, brave little girl who speaks out about being yourself will be able to come to you in a few short months! Author Robert Lunsk has the wonderful story written & ready to go! Just thought I'd share some drawings I've done.
Color Pencil artist specializing in portraiture for people and animals. Illustrator with "Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde" tendencies being interested in both cutesy Children's Books and heroic, Horror-themed Art.