Wednesday, September 30, 2009

October already?

I feel like I'm always dusting the cobwebs off of my blog, but at least it's appropriate tonight since I made some Halloween cards!

First up is the vampire boy from the DoodleFactory Costume Party set, flanked by his two bat friends from last year's Halloween II set. Can someone tell me why red is so impossible to photograph, and don't even get me started on glitter. You can't even tell my Batboy and friends are sparkly. Oh, sparkly vampires - that Twilight audiobook my carpool buddy borrowed for the commute must be getting to me.

The next card uses the three pumpkins, also from the Halloween II set. I kind of struggled with the composition of this one, before adding the ribbon and text. I think I still need to work on my finishing, but I'm feeling okay with the final outcome.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Collage Card

I'm so behind! My day job has been very busy, and this weekend I had a very special houseguest. My sister visited for the first time since I moved to LA. She's getting married in December and we found her perfect wedding dress this weekend. It was such a relief for her and I'm so happy she found something she absolutely loves that was also well within her budget!

Anyway, here's a card I made last week. It's actually a congratulations card for a new baby, but the stork I drew looked stupid and I had to cover it up with some trees. There's no stamping on this card (except for the letters), but the trees are similar to the ones in the DoodleFactory: Into the Woods set.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Trying Something New

I'm supposed to be working on another set of stamps (actually there are many in the queue), but yesterday I felt like doing something that wasn't for a project and served no real purpose. I feel like my illustration style has become defined by the stamps I draw and I admit I draw stamps the way I do because in the beginning I somewhat mistakenly thought rubber stamps were supposed to have big bold lines. I knew nothing about rubber stamps when I first started this venture and while its nice that the DoodleFactory has its own distinctive look, sometimes I feel like breaking out of the box.

And so, I sat at my coffee table yesterday with the intention of creating something that was not a goofy character with fat, thick lines. I guess she's kind of like a Grace Girl, but different.

For this piece I used some recycled paper, my mechanical pencil, copic markers and paper-pieced her hair, feather and ruffle. I'd love to draw more people, but I think I only like drawing heads. Bodies give me so much trouble.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009