Monday, November 26, 2012

Got some Gouache


This weekend I got the chance to head to the art store where I treated myself to some new gouache. It was super cheap, but it was definitely still fun to work with!
So, instead of taking the normal digital route, here is my gouache-painted floral pattern!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Want this pattern in my bathroom. 101florals: Tiger lily


I got to visit the Animal Humane society earlier today with Chris (one of my favorite places to visit, but one of the hardest places to leave!) and was excited to see that on our way in a couple was coming out with a new friend! There- we found a little nine-month-old siamese mix that looks just like our kitty, Jadey.

It took all of my will-power not to walk out with him! They would have made great friends! For those of you that are wondering why I couldn't bring myself to get another kitty -- it's because I definitely have my fair share of cats at home. And the dogs. -- Don't forget about those dogs.

Still, I fall in love with every single cat that I meet! Even the naughty ones!


I am really looking forward to a little bit of a slower week this week.
We have one class for CVA tomorrow - and another one for MCAD tomorrow night, but then Thanksgiving break starts. I'm a little surprised! It totally snuck up on me.

I'm thinking that while I have some time, I might just get a little personal art done. I was thinking of starting a couple new pieces. I'm not sure yet if they'll be digital or if I want to do some kind of traditional-media / digital hybrid.... or what.

I'm sure I'll figure it out! Oh yes. And - I still want to draw a million little cute pieces of food / creatures. That's what I get for playing Megu!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Man Lips and Corel Painter


Wow, this week (like all weeks) seems to be a crazy one!
I had a great time today in all of my classes.
It's been a heavy load this semester.

This afternoon I got to be a guest speaker in Kelly Brown's digital illustration class - which was a lot of fun. Even though I spend Monday and Wednesday nights over at MCAD, there were a lot of new faces in the class that I hadn't seen before! I was happy to see a couple great people in Kelly's class from my Monday / Wednesday Tools of the Trade class.

I had the chance to teach digital illustration for the last two years over there and it is a really fun class. Being that I spend the majority of my time in the computer for work(s) - it's really nice to go to school and demo some of the really fun stuff that I've learned over the years.

Today I did a really short Corel Painter Demo using a sketch that has been around for a while. It was a sketch of a man that I did in an old sketchbook -- brought to life today by 10 minutes of working with the pastel tools. I actually really like it!

I also had to say goodbye tonight to my Thursday 'Developing Professional Prints and Patterns' class that I teach at MCAD for the continuing education program. It was a really inspiring day watching everyone bring in their patterns from the last 10 weeks in for one final sharing / critique day.

Sometimes I just have to shout into the universe how great it is to be a teacher. I can't believe it'll be 10 years of being on the MCAD faculty list this next spring! Yipes! Anyway. I had a great day and I thought I'd share! I hope everyone is staying inspired and having a great time doing so! :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Today was a good day.


I'm really proud of myself today.

Chris and I took a early afternoon trip to Turtle Bread, got some breakfast and then headed down to the Science Museum of Saint Paul to look at the Ancient Egypt exhibit. It's funny - we've got this year-long pass to the Science Museum and we don't go as much as we should go.

This was the second day in a row I was over there -- yesterday I went with Chris to go see the late night showing of Tornado Alley, a great Omni theatre movie about tornado chasers. Man, I love science.

The rest of the day was spent making vats and vats of butternut squash soup from the 7 or 8 squashes we got from our CSA, and topping it off with some home made pumpkin pie.

I have a flower pattern to show again today - this one is the bauhinia blakeana - the flower that is on Hong Kong's flag. I had a sketch in my sketchbook that I finished up in photoshop. I'm really enjoying the white ground on this one.