A little technique experiment from a few weeks ago.
Red Plum Blossoms, 2013. Ink and digital color.
To research for Theme Eleven I got a book on Japanese folktales from my local library. The story that really captured me is called Red Plum Blossoms, and it’s about a young girl who loves her plum tree so much she dies of grief when the tree withers. Later, she comes back as a snake, and her father has a vision of her floating away on a cloud, skin transformed into gold.
The only time I’ve spent in Japan is about four hours during layovers in an international flight and vicariously through this artwork. Draw stuff, see the world.
Portrait of Mary Toft, 2013. Watercolor and acrylic on paper, 8”x10”.
Mary Toft seemed like a fitting historical figure for an Easter Sunday falling on the last day of Women’s History Month. A poor resident of the English countryside in the Eighteenth-Century, Toft began a hoax that convinced people she was giving birth to rabbits. If you’re wondering how she pulled it off, it involved her putting baby rabbits into her, um, well—actually, I’ll let you look it up yourself. I first learned about Mary Toft from the wonderful Baby Geniuses Podcast, and The Awl has a great article about her.
Mary Toft, everybody! This is my first finished piece for the Quickdraw Collective and i hope you like it.
Wool, for Illustration Friday.
Today is Wacom Wednesday!
I got a new computer last week, and I did this little test with one of my train portraits to see how Photoshop and my tablet were handling.
Tattoo Girl, 2012. Ink, Gouache and Watercolor on paper, 2.5”x3.5”
This is the start of a series of tiny paintings I’m starting. They’re the size of playing cards, so I might make a little box for them. You could say they’re an attempt to catalog images and symbols in my visual vocabulary.
This is an illustration for an Italian folktale called The Seven Doves, which you can read here. The story is pretty convoluted, but it centers around a girl named Cianna rescuing her seven brothers from various plights, including an enchantment that turns them into (SPOILER ALERT) seven doves. Since the story is so rich in symbolism, I decided to represent animals and objects that are key to the story rather than depicting a moment in the narrative. “Do good whenever you can, and forget it” is the tale’s rather cryptic moral.
This is for the Butts Collective. I think it’s supposed to go on the blog soon, but I have no clue what’s happening there.