Thursday, August 18, 2011

Illustration Friday - "Swell"

This entry for this week's Illustration Friday is later than I had hoped but not without a good reason. First week home with our newborn so time to create art has been non-existant because this little masterpiece needs more attention and care than most. :) But she's a cutie pie.

In honor of her birth, I decided to do a pregnant mermaid swollen with merbaby. :)


Sunday, August 14, 2011

She's here!

Friday, August 12th at 5:22am, my husband and I welcomed our first child into the world!

Pepper Lily Lively joined us at 6 pounds and 14 ounces at 19 inches long.

Thank you everyone for all the prayers and support you have given us. Day 3 outside in the world. Hugs and love from the Lively family!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Illustration Friday - "Imperfect"

Original for sale on!
My illustration for this week's theme "imperfect". I had absolutely no idea what to draw, and then one of my friends suggested owls. I have never drawn them in my life, but after looking up reference photos (oh my goodness, baby owls are the cutest), I figured out what I wanted to do. The coloring took a bit longer than I thought. So many color studies...

These are only a few of the studies.
Ugh! The one thing I wish I had right now was a larger scanner! I had to take the photos using my web cam since the piece itself was 3 inches to long to scan correctly. However, besides that snafu... I love what I was able to create this week. I did not think I would have time, but it turns out my belly monster wants to be in my belly a bit longer than the expected due date, so I'll take the extra time!

Having fun creating cuteness!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Awake and alert

I sit and type here tonight with a dancing baby in my belly. Yes, she's still in there. Taking her sweet ole time. So while I wait for her to make up her mind on when she'll come out, I've been working on getting all my stuff in a row.

The counting book has been set a side as I put together a paper cut for a very lucky and sweet tour guide. I procured another commission just tonight for a children's character portrait, which is going to be so much fun because it is going to be a little boy in a monkey costume! Ah! I am overwhelmed with cuteness! Finished my friend's tattoo design of a Tardis (photos will be posted eventually when she gets the tattoo done so I can show you the before and after).

Working on a weird sleep schedule since my little belly monster doesn't like sleeping anymore. Dancing on my ribs is apparently way more fun than dream cycles.

So since I am up, being kicked and snuggled with, I finished updating my member profile for The Foundry, a local art gallery from my hometown. Next year, I will be exhibiting a solo show in November focused on my children's illustration. I am super excited about this endeavor and have been making my Illustration Friday pieces focus on children's book artwork for the show next year. I cannot tell you how happy I am to be given this opportunity.

With that, I must make haste and work on these projects!


Monday, August 8, 2011

Dazzled by Zazzle

Decided to open a Zazzle store, which means you can now get exclusive merch items with my art on it. I only have a few things up at the moment, but it is a new venture I figured I would try since people ask for shirts, stickers, stationary and other products. Now it is time!

The next items I do want to get up there are the Happy Housewives. <3

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Illustration Friday - "Obsession"

I tried to do a boy theme, but ended up drawing a little girl in a bat costume. I think I have my baby girl on my brain. She still is holding out before she makes her appearance, but in the mean time I am distracting myself with artwork.

I just loved the whimsy of this piece. Created in 2 hours. I think I really am digging my sketchy and messy color look. Seems more playful and light hearted.

Why bats? Because I love them! I am so happy where we live because once night falls, you can hear the bats come out to play and echo to find their way around. It was really cute at the beginning of spring because you could hear baby bats trying to figure out their way around with their voice. I cannot get enough of them.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Art Show!

For those in the Bakersfield area, check out The Foundry during this upcoming First Friday and see a few of my original illustrations!