Before & After: Neon Nude

Neon Nude Before
Before
Neon Nude After
After

When I get the chance, I like to redo older artwork. Usually I change the colors; sometimes I change or get rid of one little thing that’s been bothering me, like this necklace. This portrait was already available as a print in both my Etsy and Society6 shops, so I’ve updated both listings to reflect the change.

#illo_advent!

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No matter how busy I am (and December is always busy for me!) I can’t refuse a good drawing challenge. I rested a bit after Inktober and now I’m making a new Christmas/winter drawing each day with the unbridled enthusiasm of an Xmas outsider (mostly Jewish family, mostly Christian friends growing up).

So if you’re not following me on Twitter yet, check back here for new drawings & sketches. They will probably get more and more frenzied before the big day!

**Update 12/26** #illo_advent is over, and now I have a lot of new greeting card designs to develop for next year’s holidays!

Mischief Night

Mischief Night Illustration by Eliza Stein

We always called it “The Night of Mischief.” I did the pencils and inks for this illustration on Oct. 30 during Inktober. That day has long passed, but there’s no law that says you can’t decorate your Christmas tree with eggs, TP, and shaving cream for that devilish, juvenile delinquent spirit.

Adoption

Adoption Illustration by Eliza Stein

Here’s a little story about a lucky dog who got adopted.

I haven’t posted here since adding all the Inktober sketches, but that’s because I’ve been busy coloring them all in! I’ve also added some new illustrations to my Etsy shop: “Nyx,” the ancient Greek goddess of night, and a reworking of an old sketch about a kid who colors outside the lines.

Nyx Illustration by Eliza Stein
“Nyx” in b&w or color
Toddler Trouble Illustration by Eliza Stein
Coloring outside the lines…

Inktober!

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I decided to keep a running log here of all my Inktober sketches, for posterity’s sake and for those who aren’t following me on Twitter… yet. There is no set theme to follow for Inktober, as long as your drawings are all in ink. At first I wanted to stick to a Loteria/Mexican bingo theme, because I’m already developing a deck and I thought this would spur me to do it faster, but as you will see, I’ve already abandoned my theme by day three or four.

Heartache 1&2

Human Heart Illustration by Eliza Stein

I’m afraid to count the number of layers I needed for both versions of this drawing! Lately I’ve been using mostly flat color for my illustrations, but I’m trying to bring back more interesting textures and collage. And thanks to illustrator Kyle T. Webster’s digital watercolor brushes, I may never use my “real” ones again. Check em out here.

Heartache Illustration by Eliza Stein

Back to Work!

Hey there! It’s been a little while since I’ve shared anything new here, and that’s because I took most of August “off” to collect new ideas, to step away from the computer and draw exclusively by hand again. I participated in the 21-Day Drawing Challenge created by graphic artist Von Glitschka and presented by Lynda.com. I found out about it a bit late, so I’m still catching up on the last few days. It was ostensibly created for beginning artists or for people who want to enrich their lives with a drawing habit, but I recommend it for artists at any skill level who find themselves in a bit of a rut.

The object of the challenge was to create a finished drawing each day, but what it really did for me was to help generate tons of ideas, and sketches that I’ve only just begun to develop. As of now, I have at least ten new drawings to ink, scan, color, and show off over the next month or so.

I did this illustration before starting the challenge, but since summer weather is still here, it remains relevant. I have it in my shop as an art print, without the lettering.

Summer Reading Illustration by Eliza Stein