Ice Queen

Ice Queen Illustration

Winter’s coming…

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Inktober 2015!

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A new #inktober, a new slideshow of my latest illustrations and sketches! Unlike last year, I abandoned my intended series theme (obscure monsters) before I even began, but general themes of death, sleep, and fear have emerged instead. I’m adding new drawings every day until Oct. 31, so be sure to check this post again & again!

Posin’ with my Ancestors

Ancestral Portrait Photo

This is a sketch of the oldest photograph of my family, which I feel lucky to have. The youngest person in there is my great-grandmother, the woman in the white collar seated in the middle of the front row. The photo was taken right before she left Russia for America. Her mother is seated to the right, and her grandmother to the right of her. I don’t know a thing about the rest of the people in the photo, so I’d like to think they would enjoy my irreverent posing.

Crowded Sea

Crowded Sea Illustration

This is another Colour Collective contribution. Last week’s color was blue-gray, which immediately made me think of an underwater scene. My original idea was to add collage elements, but then I thought of bioluminescence and went instead with red light to illuminate the colorless deep-sea murk.

Month of Manias

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Here’s another slideshow for #inkpril, the latest drawing challenge I’m participating in. So far I haven’t been able to contribute daily sketches, but at least I’m sticking to my self-imposed theme this time. Credit goes to illustrator Liz Wong for creating this challenge!

Apimania

Apimania Illustration

This month I’ve been participating in yet another daily drawing challenge, #inkpril, which has the same premise as #inktober, except it takes place now. I’m a lot busier in April so I can’t contribute a drawing every day, but I am sticking to my chosen theme this time, which is unusual words pulled from The Wordsworth Book of Intriguing Words. So far I have only illustrated various manias, so it’s become an even tighter theme.

Oh no, I just looked at my sketch and their toes are in the wrong order. I blame insomnia for that one. Actually the alternate title of the book I mentioned above is The Insomniac’s Dictionary. It got me thinking about how wonderful and important it is for an illustrator to build up a good reference library. There is something about leafing through a book of obscure words or a field guide to beetles that Google Image Search and Wikipedia will never replace.