The Ripple Effect of Student Debt

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All my experimentation is starting to pay off. This illustration is about the far-reaching effects of student debt in this country. The whole issue is such a shame and really hits home for my husband and myself who will likely be paying student loans for several decades to come.

These days I’m using a heavily mixed-media technique. At the moment it’s more time consuming than my previous work, but as I do it more I’m sure I will be able to┬áspeed things up. One of the biggest challenges with incorporating more digital aspects to the work is the sheer amount of choices you have when choosing colors and layer effects. It takes real experience to sort out what looks best and what looks the way YOU want it to look. I’m quite happy with this piece and I’m looking forward to continuing the growth of my work with each piece.

As per usual, this piece is available as a print here.

Waking From Dreams of “Blogger Guy”

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This is a recent illustration I created about a woman who is tired of meeting people on the internet. She is a blogger who slowly developed an online-only relationship with a man who had commented on her blog only to discover much later that he was a complete fake.

I’m experimenting a lot with my process at the moment which has been very rewarding – despite the fact it┬átakes much longer for now. This new work is truly mixed media and you can expect to see more of it in the future.

Below is the original ink drawing of the woman. I was so pleased with this drawing and I feel that it actually came out better than the final illustration, so I have added it to my portfolio. I’ve also got prints of the piece available in my print shop.

 

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Eddie Izzard Inspired Watercolor Experiment

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This weekend’s watercolor experiment was inspired by the wonderful and hilarious Eddie Izzard. As part of his Glorious show he did a bit where he mentions that the only people who skip rope are little girls and huge f*&k-off boxers. If you haven’t seen his stand-up, have a look at the video below. He is one of my favorite comedians.

 

I had intended to do the background on this piece with just grey ink washes, but I decided to leave this as an experiment with a limited palette, color and value. I love the way the background girl’s clothing came out. Working with highlights and shadows in watercolor on faces is extremely challenging and will take a lot of practice. Also, I think I need better paper, but for now this is good for experimentation.

New Illustrations, Experiments, & the Sea

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Over the last few months I’ve been experimenting here and there with new ways of working. I wasn’t feeling comfortable or happy with the way I was coloring work or with the consistency of style in my portfolio. I started looking more closely at a few illustrators whom I greatly admire and studying what it was that I liked about their work and tried to incorporate some of those things in my own way.

Over the holidays we went with my whole family to Belize and did a bit of snorkeling. I’m not sure if these pieces were inspired by that or if it’s a total coincidence. I noticed that several of my stronger pieces happen to involve the sea. I couldn’t tell you why.

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I plan to continue working this way. It feels much more natural and will help me convey my ideas and messages more clearly.

Happy New Year to everyone!

These pieces are also available as prints on Society6 here.