Calendar Update

Hello there! It’s been awhile since I’ve even thought about posting, but I have some news! I’ve started my second calendar for 2019 (I know, I’m late to the game; most people have already started selling their 2019 calendars!). Like the 2018 versions, I’ll have a fashion illustration and a home calendar (one that can easily fit into a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc., for moms, housewives, sisters, friends, and the like). I’m really excited for the calendars this year! I’m looking forward to finishing the illustrations so I can start on the scanning and editing ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m also trying to decide on a layout…same as last year? Or more detailed?

Here’s a quick snap of the 12 ladies for the fashion illustration calendar…I’ve got to say I love the scotty dogs!

Note: the colors are really off in these pictures…the lighting wasn’t too good ๐Ÿ˜‰

Libraries

I’ve not made time for a lot of reading lately, but I’ve always loved books and libraries. (Speaking of, who goes to the actual library these days? It’s been some time for me, but I hope they don’t become obsolete! They’re so relaxing.) It’s a dream of mine to have a space brimming with books, comfy leather chairs, and nice-smelling candles. And I dream of having a nook specifically designed for reading, like the ones you see beneath staircases or tucked in a corner.

When I think of books, I think of fall. I’ve been thinking of the season a lot lately, and the feeling it brings. Thoughts of apple cider, socks, and throw blankets haven’t been too far from my mind ๐Ÿ™‚

But for the moment, I’ll enjoy the hot weather we’ve been having! Summer goes by too fast as it is.

Use Your Imagination

Here’s a few recent sketches from my sketchbook. I’ve been working on my calendar (which hopefully will come out in late October) and have been trying a few new techniques! (Maybe this isn’t the best for consistency, but it’s been interesting.)

This illustration below is so quintessentially summer. It’s such a warm season that it deserves vibrant colors like scarlet, orange, and sunny yellow!

This blue monochromatic piece below makes me laugh! It’s a combination of stylish and grandma–can’t you picture a bunch of old birds gossiping while they drink their coffee? ๐Ÿ™‚

These paint strokes accidentally became this clown-ish, stylish woman! I was only trying out paint colors when my roommate asked “Is that a painting of a lady?” And it did appear to be so! Weird how the imagination can fill in the details and create something interesting!

More Sketches

Hey! I’ve been busy filling up pages in my sketchbook and I thought I’d share a few here.

First things first. Here is the cover:

I initially just hand-lettered “The Daily Sketch”, but remembered I had a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen, so I used this to give it some flair.

This sketch was inspired, in part, by Joanna Gaines/Magnolia. (I know, I’ve previously said I love/hate them. But I can’t pass up their great eye for design!)

Also, a green jadeite carafe:

I randomly got a bolt of inspiration to paint landscapes (I haven’t done them for a looooong time. Really. It was probably 9th grade) so I settled on the French Alps and the Grand Canyon. They are two totally different geographical areas, but both so gorgeous.

I went a little crazy with the color on the Grand Canyon so it’s quite abstract. I kinda enjoyed it ๐Ÿ˜‰

And lastly, here are some (delicious) Rainier cherries:

Since a sketchbook is for, well,ย sketching,ย these illustrations are quite loose and unfinished. But I loved every minute creating them!

 

Sneak Peak!

Here’s an update on illustrations I’m working on for the 2019 calendar! I am having so much fun with it! It’s pretty slow going, but I’m getting there ๐Ÿ™‚

Warm Botanicals

This piece is for a friend of mine–it might have the honor of appearing on her desk at work!

I noticed the style of this illustration is the combination ofย Rifle Paper Co.ย andย Riley Sheehey–bright florals and a nice outlined, sketchy look.

I rediscovered Riley’s work recently–she designed the patterns of KJP’s new spring dresses, which are kinda cute! I read a few of her blog posts and it’s so refreshing to know she has experienced the same struggles I have in areas of illustration and faking it till you make it. Nice to know everyone isn’t as polished as their Instagram account ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Do you think I put enough links in this post?!)

 

 

 

Lavender – Flower Series No. 26

Yes, lavender is considered an herb, but it is also a flowering plant, therefore it fits with my Flower Series. I love that I can make up the rules for this challenge and nobody can say otherwise (hah!).

But seriously.

Lavender is probably one of the most calming scents out there. My friend bought this shea butter from Alaska and the smell is so soothing. It’s something I need on my desk at work!

Wisteria – Flower Series No. 25

This post is a bit late, but it still fits the one-post-per-day criteria!

Wisteria reminds me of weeping willow trees. I’d love to visit a garden with wisteria vines hanging down from an archway. It seems so magical and sort of mysterious.