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“Your Mom”

So this is a start of a comic collection.  My new project.  My friend loves this quote book I keep of all the stupid things that I hear people say, and she said I should write comic strips about them.  I thought that was a great idea because these are all real people so I wouldn’t have to think of new characters, they’re short and sweet, there doesn’t need to be a consistent story line, and it’s something funny (which isn’t like any of the other stuff that I usually draw.)  It fits pretty well for my kind of schedule I have now because I do want to finish a graphic novel but I don’t have the time.

So this one is about my roommate who is from China, and I accidentally said a “Yo mama” joke around her and she spent the longest time trying to figure out what it means, so I have this whole thing of stuff she said while trying to figure out how to format the joke.

“Your mom is alcoholled.”

“Your mom is a basic Google search.” That’s my favorite!  I say it all the time now.

“I don’t need to find the center of gravity, I just need to find your mom!” Which is the only one that actually sort of makes sense out of all of them.

Self Portrait with Hands

The first image is the initial under-painting of the portrait; a general outline.  after that was putting in more tones, which is the second photo.  The third one has a start of adding color in it, along with the last photo on the right (fourth one) that has more contrast, tone, and value.  This was a process of adding and subtracting oil paint pigment with linseed oil and trying to make the hands and the face the focal point.  This is  20″x16″ painting on canvas.  The featured image on the top is the final product.


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Gnats in my Head

This is a part of my therapy sketchbook and I’ve been thinking about how I’ve been feeling not being in Rochester over the summer with my significant other. It feels like gnats are always biting at me because I feel like I made the wrong decision despite the fact I don’t have the means to move out right now. I’ve also been feeling a little fuzzy and foggy lately and I felt like gnats blending in with me expressed that well.

Done in ink on multimedia paper.

Christmas Dog Commission

This was from a while ago, but I did a digital painting for a client right before Christmas. It was her son’s pupper named B. This is the first digital painting I did as a commission; printed and framed too. 

ANDROMEDA with Jellyfish

So I did the line work in felt tip, permanent marker. This was supposed to be Fanart for the Gorillaz new album coming out soon called “Humanz.” It is Noodle but I feel like it doesn’t really look like her. But it turned out good!

Then I just did some watercolor washes and splattered some white gauche on the top. I would love to do more little sketchbook paintings like this. I thought it turned out pretty well.

Rabbits and Rabbits and Rabbits

This first image is the line art done in my sketchbook. That was later on projected onto a large piece of Illustration board.

Then a light wash was put down and a basic wash for the characters of the painter. This was all done with Windsor Newton watercolor.

Some more detail was added before adding the inked outlines. Adding darker pigments and white gauche for highlights.  After that, black India ink was applied for line quality.

All characters are not mine. From left to right, Bugs Bunny, Rabbid from Rayman Raving Rabbids, Watership Down, Roger Rabbit, and Trix’s Rabbit.

Pufferfish Coming From Water

This was for a project in Illustration II with the assignment being to make a surreal feeling illustration.  I was in the mood to paint some pufferfish, so I thought the best way of painting aquatic animals was to make them appear they are floating in air verses floating in water.

First I drew a detailed sketch in which I made notes on during critique and then projected it onto larger paper.  I used cold press water color paper, 20″x16.”puffer.jpeg

After the drawing is transferred over to the project paper, a wash is applied over the entire thing and let dry to stretch the paper properly.  After that, a wash is applied only to the background to create the first layer of the sky and clouds.step1.jpg

The first layer of the fish is added on after the sky dries out.  The pufferfish in the foreground is closer to the end product where it was inked with two different colored inks and done with a quill tip nib.  The clouds need a few more layers to add definition and the water in the top left corner still needs to be refined and needs a different color to offset it from the sky background color.step3.jpg

After that, it’s a matter of adding more layers of watercolor and some line quality with the ink work. The clouds, I believe, need more refining.  But that’s for another day with less frustration.step3.jpg

“When Urine Love.”

So it was Valentine’s Day so I made a card for my boyfriend. The first thing he ever told me about himself is that he had  reverse horseshoe kidney, so I decided to incorporate that into a card. I wanted to make it punny because who doesn’t love puns? 

So I did an illustration of a kidney then did some research on horseshoe kidneys to draw the inside. The left illustration is the front of the card and the right illustration is the inside of the card. This was done on Bristol in ink with pen nibs and brush.

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