I realize it has been quite a long time since I last posted, but I was a little busy graduating college! Yes. Gosh. …Anyways, this is a bighorn sheep skull (Ovis canadensis) surrounded by Canadian Thistle (Cirsium arvense), because wordplay is my favorite.
A redux of a little sketch painting from four years ago, made into a proper illustration. The images function as a group or used individually as spot illustrations. March 2014, watercolor & digital.
From a project on the Azores and their historical whaling trade (two things that I’ve sort of accidentally become very well-informed about), a spread and a spot illustration. This was my first attempt at painting the ocean on any sort of large scale with watercolors, and I think it turned out not half-bad.
A mock-up cover redesign for Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals. I grew up reading and loving pretty much everything Durrell ever wrote, and this was the first book of his I read, so it has serious nostalgia value. (February 2014, watercolor & Adobe InDesign)
Sorry about the radio silence folks, I’ve been crazy busy and haven’t had a spare moment to update my web presence! Have some little spot illustrations of mushrooms to make up for it. All edible and all found in north america- it’s an informal guess-the-species game, since I uploaded the version without captions.
highcapacityskeletits said: Are you considering or currently doing prints of the blue crab lifecycle painting? I know a few friends/old teachers that would love something like that!!!
I am definitely planning on adding them as prints on my society6, not to worry! I’m going to update the store with my more recent work probably sometime next week- I’ll post an update here when the new things go up. :)
chvvrch said: What paints and papers do you use for your illustrations?
I use Arches blocks (hot or cold press, depending on the illustration and the technique I’m planning for it), as I like the slightly off-white warm tone they have to them. For doing less involved stuff, the new Fluid blocks are respectably decent and inexpensive paper for quick studies/preliminaries.
As for paint, I use mostly with Winsor&Newton professional series, but I’ve also used and can recommend the quality of Schmincke (although it can be a little hard to find in the US- BLICK carries them now though). Additionally, we had a Sennelier rep visit our scientific illustration class last year to demonstrate their new line of honey-based watercolors (l’Aquarelle), and I’m a big fan, although I only have a few of their colors on my palette at the moment.
The finished piece that these doodles were studies for; my final for Watercolor for the Illustrator. This was a very emotional piece for me, as the concept deals with the mental health issues I’ve been struggling with this year. It felt good to do, though.