New Yorker Illustration

No, no. I don’t actually have any work in The New Yorker … yet. But I did create this piece that I submitted as a possible cover.

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This piece was one of the final illustrations I created while working with Daniel Fishel for a semester (the other final illustration was my Katy Perry piece). My work both conceptually and technically took a huge leap forward while working with Daniel and I am eager to start doing more editorial work as a result.

As per usual, this piece is available as a print and I have also added a few new original paintings to my shop.

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Oh, and for fun, I mocked this up as though it was a real The New Yorker cover.

Recipe Comic For Cooking Up Comics

 I was thrilled when Alisa Harris over at Cooking Up Comics asked if I would like to contribute a guest recipe to her blog. The recipe went up early this morning and now I can finally share it with you!

Alisa’s blog is an all vegetarian (often vegan) recipe comic blog and she has been posting comics of her own for some time now. They are always fun recipes and I encourage you to check out the rest of them.

I loved creating this recipe comic and I hope to do more of them in the future. Illustrating food is something I really enjoy so for any of you out there that have a food project you need illustrated, let me know!

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Painting Experiment

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Sheesh, I just realized that my last blog post was from the 27th of February! Talk about getting behind. I apologize for the relative silence. I’ve been doing a lot of traveling and work has been very busy. Naturally, that means I’ve been doing a lot of client work that I can’t share and haven’t had much time for other stuff. Though, if you follow me on Instagram you can see a lot more of my sketching/painting.

So this is one of my latest watercolor paintings. I am currently obsessed with using my one Kuretake waterbrush pen. It’s made mostly for painting on the go, but I also really like it for my other painting except  that it’s a little small. There is a line of about 4-5 of them and I’d love to get them all. I feel like it gives me more control over how much water I put on the page and it has such a smooth feel. Not to mention the portability factor.

Anyway, after reading Glyn Dillon’s The Nao of Brownwhich is a gorgeous book that you should all read, I decided to try painting with watercolor over pencil. Dillon creates his comics in pencil but then prints the pencils onto watercolor paper so I was just sure that painting directly over the pencil would lead to a smeared lead distaster but it didn’t. Lately, I’ve been feeling like my process is too complex – I draw each illustration in too many stages and the resulting image can be stiffer than I intended. So by using pencil as the final drawing stage I get to leave off one round of redrawing. I do still love inking, though and I will probably go back and forth between the two techniques.

And if you didn’t noticed, I added a Print Shop tab to the navigation on my site. If you’re looking for prints of my work, hit it up!

Adrift – New Editorial Illustration

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Last week I started a new class through the Tutor Mill. I am taking a class on Visual Metaphor with Chris Buzelli and Yuko Shimizu, two very talented and well-known illustrators. This piece is the final from my first assignment on the problems that are created when the sea ice that polar bears use for hunting melts too early.

Prints of this painting are available in my Society6 shop and the original painting is available here. For a limited time, prices on all the paintings in my shop have been reduced by up to $25!

DaVinci Wine Storyteller: Brunello di Montalcino

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Many of you have been waiting very patiently for me to reveal the work that I did in response to my Davinci Wine Storyteller Experience. Well, I’m going to be a bit of a tease – here is the first of three watercolor paintings. Although, you don’t have to be too much of a detective to discover the other two.

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Watercolor Work in Progress – Kaiju Monster Fight

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This is a work-in-progress for a client and it’s my first completely watercolor and ink illustration. Yesterday I was painting for about 5 hours and it flew by. It’s been a long time since I’ve had so much fun coloring an illustration.

It might be time to invest in a decent set of paints and watercolor brushes.

More Watercolor Painting – The Squid

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More watercolor painting experiments for me over the weekend. After getting a recommendation, I bought this carbon ink to replace my India ink. I sketched up this little squid (or big squid, since there’s nothing to compare it to) to try out the ink and to keep practicing with the watercolors. I’m still using some cheap watercolor paper, but I have some nicer paper that I will use when I start creating full illustrations this way.

The ink is great, by the way. It dried much faster than my India ink and didn’t bleed when I added the watercolors – regardless of how much water I used. It also flowed smoothly from my nib without clogging it up.

It’s been a long time since I’ve physically painted on paper and I forgot how much fun it is. It’s also nice to have something physical to show for the work. I always thought watercolors would be far too difficult for me – in reality it looks like I may be going in this direction in a more permanent way. The slightly unpredictable textures and effects I get with the paints are so much more interesting and natural for me than those I used in Photoshop.

I am not formally listing any of these paintings for sale, but if you’ve seen something that you are interested in purchasing, get in touch. Naturally, I am also available for commission if you’d like me to create something just for you!

On an unrelated note my husband, Christopher Kondrich, is a poet and writer whose first book will be published by Parlor Press in the fall. He has started a website/blog where you can read some of his work and get updates on the book and his readings. If you like poetry, I hope you’ll check it out!