Thursday, June 16, 2011

GDG Vol. 4

The rumors are true! The 4th Girls Drawing Girls book is available for pre-order!

My Ocotillo piece is in there, along with over 80 other illustrations from some super talented ladies. This classy number is all wrapped up in a quality HARD COVER volume. Impress your friends and make your enemies seethe with jealousy over your impressive library. Order before July 10th and get a special edition bookplate! Several of us (including yours truly) have created some really rad ones... LIKE THE ONES BELOW!

Will one of these be yours???
Only one way to find out! :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

For Science.

Only about four years late to the party, i've finally started playing the first Portal. I've seen it played through and i just watched my boyfriend play through all of the second one. They're puzzle games, and the writing is so clever, so they're fun to watch, but apparently even more fun to play!
I've got the first one on Steam but i think i might have to go ahead and get Portal 2 on PS3 for myself.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Hunger Games

I finished reading the Hunger Games trilogy recently. They're classified as "young adult" but basically everyone i know kept talking about them and i figured i should see what the fuss was about before the movie came out.
It's a fast read, but that's partly because the action is so captivating. Katniss is a really strong female protagonist and through the books you get to witness her very human reactions to some truly horrifying circumstances. In my opinion (and i guess everyone else's) the first book is totally awesome, and then the others less so, but i was compelled to keep reading because i had to know how it all ended!
Anyway, one day i found myself trying to doodle the characters. Mostly i was trying to get Foxface Girl, who's not even featured all that much in the book, i just had an image in my head i was trying to get down. That's Katniss on the right. Each drawing is me trying to find the right face; like, that first Katniss wasn't quite right, but i like the look of the second one.

(note: nothing here depicts actual story points, so this post is certified spoiler-free!)
It wasn't until i'd scribbled out this page that i remembered that Foxface doesn't actually have knives (or even a pack, i think). I just thought they worked well for her. I also thought it would be neat if she wrapped her jacket sleeves in bandages or something, since she's all sneaky like a ninja :)

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Paige of Swords

Man, over... a year ago now i this piece in a Tarot themed show at The Hive gallery here in LA. The owner is a friend of Girls Drawin' Girls and invited us to participate in one of their non-pinup themed shows. Each one of us chose a card out of a standard Tarot deck. It was a nice opportunity to do something different.
This was my take on the Paige of Swords. Every now and again i'm afforded an opportunity to justify my gratuitous purchase of reference material. Finally, my book of samurai outfits and armor had it's time to shine!

The thin pencil border is where the painting would be framed, but i liked the raw edges of the watercolor.
Once again, i tried my best to properly research the kanji i used. I believe it may actually say "knife" instead of "sword", but he's not really holding a full sword anyway, sooo....

This is one of those pieces that I hated at the time i made it. It wasn't what i had in my head at all, but i put it in the show anyway. Fortunately, it sold and i didn't have to look at it anymore! But while recently browsing through old art scans on my hard drive i came upon it again and, looking at it with fresh eyes, i decided i liked it afterall! And now here it is!

This is my job. This is what i DO.

Further reflections on my apparent illiteracy (FACT???).

Hey, this shit's hard, you guys!