Friday, January 31, 2014

The Beginnings Of A Portfolio

One of my goals for 2014 is to continue creating pieces for my online illustration portfolio.  Late last year, I started working on this piece which was an assignment from an online class and I've been working on it off and on since then.  The assignment was to illustrate the story of a character named Mrs Pepper who having a party in the woods with her friends, as well as another character named Simon who, unfortunately, was not invited (I know, poor guy!).

My original version of this story is the bottom illustration, where Simon is a skunk.  When I decided to paint the piece in watercolor (the first colorings were digital), I decided to change things up and make Simon a gnome 'cause why not?  Here are both finished illustrations ...

So what do you think?  Do you prefer the Gnome or Skunk?  I feel like the gnome version of Simon makes the scene more colorful, plus a little more interesting considering he's the only non-animal in the scene.  I do have to share that the original skunk version was the more preferred with my peeps over here but I'd love to hear your opinions.

So what do you think ... skunk or gnome?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Doctor Who Love

"I will not forget one line of this. Not one day, I swear.
I will always remember when the Doctor was me."

Oh the feels!  I posted on my other blog about my Doctor Who inspired Tardis hoop in my Etsy shop and thought I'd share the Who love here as well.  You can't get enough Doctor Who after all!  But first, here are my favorite quotes from the last episode of the man with the delicate eyebrows, our #11, Mr Matt Smith ...

Clara's Gran: “I wanted everything to stop. I wanted nothing to change ever again. If he could just keep standing there, so beautiful ... That’s when I knew of course.”

The Doctor: :Trouble with Daleks is they take so long to say anything. I'll probably die of boredom before they say anything."

The Doctor: “Times change and so must I. We all change. When you think about, it we’re all different people all through our lives and that’s OK. That’s good. Gotta keep it moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.”

Amy: “Raggedy man. Goodnight.”

And without further ado, here is the Tardis hoop in my Etsy shop (options include with or without the St. John's seal!).
Tardis_2 Tardis 4
The Tardis hoop (as well as other Whovian paraphenalia) is in my Etsy shop if you're interested in having a bit of 'Who' in your house.  In the meantime, let the countdown to Season 8 begin!

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Monday, January 6, 2014

2014 FREE Printable Calendars

Happy New Year!!  Most of are in the process of printing or downloading 2014 Calendars and I thought I'd share a few gems that I've found for free online.  Check them out, they're all fantastic!
(my favorite - I love that it has an editable box version!)

I'm crossing my fingers that this will be a productive year, thanks in part to one of these babies helping keeping me organized, focused and all together sane.

There are tons of other calendars out there if you search on google or even pinterest (where I found most of these).  Happy 2014, everyone!

Note: I don't own any of these awesome calendars, I just think they're stinkin' fantastic and wanted to share them!!