Cactus Gals

Barrel Cactus GirlPrickly Pear Cactus Girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve seen one desert sunrise in my life and the colors have stayed with me since then. Also, I’ve always wanted to dress up as some sort of cactus monster for Halloween.

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Canine Contortionist

Canine Contortionist

I sketch my dog every day, but I don’t share most of them because he’s usually in the same position, sleeping. Every once in a while he contorts himself into a truly bizarre pose and holds it long enough for me to draw him.

Fragmented Head

Fragmented Head Illustration by Eliza Stein

From the sketchbook. I’m working on a million color and texture variations of this right now, all of which look a lot prettier than what’s inside my head right now, with this nasty summer cold I’ve got. Anything that makes it through my elimination round will be posted here, and I might make a few of them into prints.

Time for some timely updates!

Hollow Hearts Illustration by Eliza Stein

Hollow Hearts Illustration by Eliza Stein

Hello friends, future friends, friendly foes, and the fairly indifferent,

It feels like forever since I’ve updated here. I miss keeping up with Illustration Friday each week, but at least it’s been lots of work that has kept me away from here for now. Besides the illustration above, which I developed from an old IF sketch, here’s what I’ve been up to this year:

-Working on a couple of new commissions.

-Completing many new posters and greeting cards for my Etsy and Society6 shops.

-Writing and sketching my first children’s picture book proposal.

-Learning and practicing with new software! This is the first year I’ve subscribed to Adobe’s Creative Cloud, so now I’m overwhelmed with this new access to all of their programs. My goal this year is to learn After Effects and Muse… and everything else if there’s time!

But there is still plenty of time, so if you’d like to work with me, please write to elizasteindesigns [at] gmail.com, or send me a quick note on Twitter @MsElizaStein.

A long overdue Happy 2013 to all!

~Eliza

Last Week’s Figures

Flapper Girl Drawing by Eliza Stein

Flapper Girl Drawing by Eliza Stein

A long overdue post from Society of Illustrators Sketch Night, and there are more ladies on the way! These two models were dressed as flappers. I think they were both burlesque performers.

One of them kept making these scowling, sneering expressions. She also had a septum ring and this wig made of shiny black feathers that looked like spiky hair, so I sent her about sixty years into the future:

Funky Figure Drawing by Eliza Stein

Spring Colors Portrait

Spring Colors Portrait

Spring Colors Portrait

The Society of Illustrators is my favorite place to do figure drawing because not only do they always have live music and a full bar, it’s the only place I’ve been to where the models wear some sort of costume. That means a lot to me because there’s only so many times I can ask my friends and family to pose, and they’re not models, so they twitch and fidget (sorry guys!) which disturbs the intricate, ephemeral folds of cloth, and then I have to erase everything and have an aspirin.

Photo reference books for artists fill in the gaps once in a while, but they’re too static, no substitute for a real person who knows how to sit perfectly still for up to twenty minutes. Always appreciate your models!