Friday, July 18, 2014

Age of Aquarius

As stated in the previous post, I'm doing an Astrology Calendar for Llewellyn Worldwide. They gave me permission to post on my blog about the progress. I sent in the two sketches and they selected this one. I finished the sketch and am now playing with some textures and colors in Photoshop.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Running to Catch up

Shame on me. Two months. Summer months, but still a long time to go without updating. I am going to try to get back to blogging; not just here, but visiting other blogs like I used to. I miss it. I use Facebook to do much of my networking but I miss the interaction and inspiration I receive from visiting blogs and seeing what everyone is doing. So...more blogs; less Facebook.

So, where was I? Here's the update on the Morrigan assignment. I ended up finishing her digitally and not very well. I hope to get back to the sketch and finish her in oils.

 Last month I received an email asking if I would be interested in illustrating the 2016 Astrology Calendar for Llewellyn Worldwide. It's the biggest commission I've ever accepted and though nervous, I'm actually excited to take on the challenge. Here are my thumbnails for Aquarius (my month). I haven't heard back yet but did get their permission to post any progress shots here on my blog.

That's it for now. Next post will be about my experience at Fantasy Con.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

WIP on Final Assignment

Bad Kim!! Can't believe it's been over a month. In my defense, I have been sick with some respiratory bug that put me in bed for well over 2 weeks. But I'm up and running again and trying desperately to catch up with my assignments. Here is one that is for an Art Director next week. Many know him as the head of Art Order, a wonderful art blog that issues challenges to artists. I've never met Jon Schindehette but those who have consider him one of the nicest people. He is currently the Creative Director for Treehouse Brand Stores. Among many things, they provide fine art prints for gaming fans. He gave 4 assignments to choose from. I picked the one for Morrigan from Dragon Age. Here's the sketch, photographed and then played with in Photoshop. The last one has some corrections from Rebecca. Have to work fast on this one.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spectrum 21

I am both honored and humbled to report that one of my paintings was selected to be in this year's issue of Spectrum. I have not been selected since issue 14. Last year I submitted what I felt was my best work to date only to be disappointed. This year was a last minute decision, just to support the magazine and I got in. Go figure. I think the lesson here is to keep trying. Keep submitting. You never know.

I received this photo (below) from the collector who bought Heron Girl. I love how she choose to frame it. The motif in the frame truly complements the painting, giving it an Egyptian she's now in the Nile, bathing. I appreciate others who have shown me how they have framed my work.

  The next is from a woman who bought both a print and the original sketch of Jorg. She framed it along with her letter from the author, Mark Lawrence.

The same author posted this on Facebook, showing how he displayed the print I sent to him.

Great to see they have all gone to good homes.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

New Personal Piece

Here is a new personal piece I've started. I'm excited to experiment with some lost and found edges on this one as well as formed and flat surfaces. 

And here is a delightful "personal piece" my son and daughter-in-law created. She arrived last Monday. Mommy and baby are home and doing well.

Welcome to the world little Nora.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Heron Girl II

I haven't forgotten about the first version of Heron Girl BUT after Rebecca Guay posted a demo video on her website of her painting, "The Visitor", I had to try it. For the first time in a long time, I wasn't battling with the painting. I could actually SEE the finished painting in my head before I began. No scanned sketch this time either. I started on a 300 gm sheet of Arches watercolor paper.Sketched in the face and heron and reeds and then sealed it with 2 layers of acrylic matte medium. I then proceeded in oils, beginning with an under-painting just like Rebecca did in the demo. 

Here's the final. 11"x 14".
And she sold too!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Women in Fantasy Illustration Interview

Kiri Ostergaard Leonard is currently running a blog series on Women in Fantasy Illustration.  I am honored to be included with these awesome artists. Kiri has an extensive roster planned for this series that includes many women on my envy list. When I was in Spectrum (issue 14), we counted about 12-15 females in the whole issue. It's great to see the female talent pool flood the genre. Go Girl Power! Thank you, Kiri!