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Creatures Illustration Painting

Septempera 2020

As it’s been my tradition for the past few years, during the month of September I made a bunch of little gouache paintings for my #septempera challenge. This time I came nowhere near to daily, which was expected as Federico and I are finishing our comic, but all things considered I think it was a pretty decent showing.

All these are quite small (roughly 7-8 cm per side) and painted in watercolor and gouache on watercolor paper.

I’ve put some of them up as prints on my Inprnt.

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Collaboration Illustration Painting

Collaborative Six Fanarts

We had such a great time with this challenge that we wanted to do some more in collaboration, but we didn’t take suggestions for this one (except for the Dude) and just painted things we’re both fans of instead!

The top row are my drawings, painted by Federico: the Dude Lebowski, Isaac the pirate, Doc Cochran. Painted with acrylics.

The bottom row are Federico’s drawings, painted by me: Deet, Grogro, Nadja. Painted the Grogro with acrylics, gouache for the other two.

We very much enjoy collaborating and it’s great to see how things turn out when we do, the results are always interesting and unexpected.

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Illustration Painting

Federico’s Six Fanarts

And here are my six images for the #sixfanarts activity from earlier this year.

Tom Waits, Mr. Badger, Gandalf, Ronan the Librarian, SkekSil, Adèle Blanc-Sec.

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Doodles Illustration Painting

Victoria’s Six Fanarts

Earlier this year I did a few little pieces based on popular characters, for a social media thing called #sixfanarts. I chose my favorite suggestions and painted these:

The characters are: Asterix, Frodo Baggins, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mafalda, Skeletor and Snufkin.

All of them were painted with acrylic inks, it was a great excuse to experiment and do some pressure-free art and get rid of some of the quarantine mental cobwebs.

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Illustration Painting

Paintings from Septempera 2019

Paintings I made for last year’s #septempera, experimenting with incorporating more watercolor and working transparently before adding gouache.

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Collaboration Illustration Process

Queequeg and Ishmael

“Wild he was; a very sight of sights to see; yet I began to feel myself mysteriously drawn towards him.”

Herman Melville

A collaborative take on Moby Dick with Victoria. This was our contribution to From Hell’s Heart: An Illustrated Celebration of Herman Melville, a fantastic book curated by John Arcudi and chock-full of inspiring art.

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Illustration

Septempera 2019

A few of my favorite gouache paintings I made for the #septempera challenge from last year — a (semi) daily gouache painting challenge I started in 2017. I probably won’t manage to do it this year, but I’ll miss it for sure.

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Illustration News

Ronan the Librarian

Barbarians don’t read, they raid! …or do they?

Ronan the Librarian is a lovely, funny picture book written by Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie that I had the immense pleasure to illustrate. A love letter to books, libraries and librarians, I couldn’t have asked for a better fit — I loved working on this story!

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Illustration Process

Faun process

I’m really bad at keeping up with it, but I always come back to thinking how much I miss blogs and forums as places to go for things I’m interested in, as opposed to the constant influx of everything on social media. So again I’m hoping I can maybe return to posting here more often, even if consistency is clearly too high of an expectation for me at this point.

I painted this faun commission a few months ago, and shared the process of both painting and digital tweaking over on Twitter. I thought it would be a good idea to share it here too for easier access/archive, and as an excuse to give a bit more life to this little corner of the internet of ours.