Nebula Figure Drawing by Eliza Stein Illustration

Nebula Figure Drawing by Eliza Stein Illustration

This is another Society of Illustrators sketch. The coloring was influenced by the Hubble Space Telescope photography I’ve been gorging my eyes upon. Nebulae can be any colors you could imagine, but my favorite ones had this ultramarine-magenta mix!

EEEE! Eliza’s Etsy Easter Exclusive!

I made some new greeting cards and they’re available on my Etsy site! Admit it, for Easter this year you’re tired of having hard-boiled eggs that you have to chop into salad for a week, and you want to avoid all that fattening delicious FATTENING candy. Enter the ecstatic Easter bunny! He’s got what you need to feed your head, along with some special hydroponically grown Easter grass to help you mellow out before and after church.

See it here!

Or if dealing with the Easter bunny and his issues is just too much of a hassle this year, you can have his basket all to yourself:

See it here!

Illustration Friday: “Beneath”

See, this is what happens when you check under the bed to see if a monster is really there. I don’t know if the monsters brought their own pillows to the party or if this is one lucky kid with an immensely comfortable bed (not anymore).

This is one of my kitchen-sink sketches that follow more or less the same pattern: start with pencil sketch, add watercolor, bits of colored pencil, ink the lines with a Sharpie, and tinker with the colors in Photoshop. I’m sure plenty of people work this way, but it took me a long time to grow out of the art school practice of practicing with one material until I knew it back to front.

Oh yeah, and this drawing was influenced by the hilarious “Monster Party” skit from “Mr. Show.” Look it up on Youtube before Halloween, you won’t regret it.

Illustration Friday: “Acrobat”

Next time we shall return to your regularly scheduled black outlines, but today I double-challenged myself with watercolors and painting from a photograph (my boyfriend, I think he’s part orangutan). It felt good to use watercolor on its own, instead of mixed with a dozen other things like I’m used to. I think it loosened me up (but not enough to do this).

The Giants’ Tarot!

giants' tarot

By Raven Kaldera, published by Asphodel Press.

It’s here! I loved working on this project because I got to use traditional Tarot symbols along with Northern mythology, which I’ll admit I knew very little about before starting. I learned even more from reading the guide that comes with the deck.

the cards i did

These are the three cards I illustrated for the deck.

At least twenty other artists contributed, along with Raven Kaldera, the author, but if you want to see the rest of ’em, you know what to do 😉