December 17, 2014

Peppermints & Happy Little Trees

This is what's happening in the studio... 

There's still time to enjoy my holiday sale, so don't forget to use MERRY20 at my Etsy shop checkout and save 20% off your entire purchase of $45 or more now thru January 1st. Plus some of my older works are available for a steal in my $9.99 section!

December 15, 2014

Youth Express Eye Serum & Youth Express Eye Gel

Around here, the weather changes with the blink of an eye... and this time of year, as the cold rushes in and the sun disappears, the constant overcast makes me feel like I'm sleepwalking. Everything reminds me of naptime and before long, the sleeping beauty curse doesn't sound too bad. When given the opportunity to work with InstaNatural, a leading global distributor of nature inspired beauty and cosmetics products, I was thrilled to say, "Bye-bye tired eyes." 
 Using Youth Express Eye Serum in conjunction with Youth Express Eye Gel, my results have been great! The highly concentrated blend of ingredients designed to restore a youthful glow to the eye area decreases the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. Even though I just started using them, I can already see the difference. Having tried a handful of different creams, gels, and serums in the past, I was so pleased to find one that does exactly what it says it will do. Plus, it smells wonderful and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin. Bonus, a little goes a long way so it should last quite a while before needing to restock. 
 Uniquely formulated, these powerhouse serums use a combination of Vitamin C, Plant Stem Cells, Astaxanthin, Kojic Acid, Passionflower, Caffeine, and Hyaluronic Acid along with other innovative key ingredients to help you achieve results. 

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December 11, 2014

Skateboards & Art Magazines

What a thrill to see my girl Haworthia (B&W version) included in beautiful.bizarre magazine's Blanc Noir feature issue 007!!  

My custom skateboard, Winter Bear, is on its way to ArtDeckCo! I had so much fun painting her!

December 10, 2014

3DTotal Publishing // Sketch Workshop Book Reviews

The kind folks over at 3DTotal Publishing generously offered not one but two of their newest publications for review, Sketch Workshop Anatomy and Sketch Workshop Characters, and I couldn't happier to add them to my collection. When the package arrived, I tore into it like some frantic child on Christmas morning and then immediately thumbed the pages ready to start sketching.  
Presented in a thin, spiral-bound vertical format, Sketch Workshop Anatomy features distinguished artists and instructors Ryan Lee, Ron Lemen, and Matt Smith who share their tips and fundamental key elements, encouraging readers from start to finish.  With instructional text, extra downloadable templates, and references images throughout, both books cover a multitude of challenges that impart new insights while allowing readers to fine-tuning skill levels. Perhaps designed for beginners, these workbooks are still obviously valuable for artists at any level in their careers.
Sketch Workshop Characters features renowned artists Wylie Beckert, John Staub, Richard Anderson, and one of my favorite illustrators/painters, Marta Nael that individually focus on the dynamisms of perspective, gesture and mood as well as the importance of shading to render life to each new character. 

As wonderful additions to my art book study library, the useful tips and templates also give novice artists the opportunity to compare their work to the provided illustrated examples.  Both workbooks are inspiring references with a range of basic elements and discerning techniques. Study and sketch... lather, rinse, repeat. 

They just released a FREE sample of the Robots & Spaceships workbook so head over and grab it! http://bit.ly/1HE6FWs
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