Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sad Bath

Finished.
Before color. Oh geez it looks so tragic. No, it's not a suicide scene. Once color is added, the idea will be clearer. But with this one, I think it can be taken a few different ways.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Bye Bye Blackbird

Finished! Twenty-seven more to go. One day I'll finish this book. The story is "Bye Bye Blackbird." Written by my mom Linda Alenov. It's about a girl named Amelia who lives in a dismal grey world. She decides to go look for someone to play with and ends up collecting an array of colorful animal friends who brighten up her world. So far, in this particular illustration green and blue have not been introduced which is why the landscape is predominantly sepia. I plan on having the border on all the illustrations be much like this one, black and white, with the blackbird in different positions.
Not done yet! In progress. The background line work is done with a kiska so the wax will repel the watercolor I apply. I'll be doing the background color all in sepia.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Wild Seahorse Rider

The wild seahorse rider. Obviously done in illustrator. With more time I'd like to do some hand details (traditional not digital) just to give it a bit more uniqueness. I love the clean, graphic look of illustrator, but it gets a little stale sometimes. I'm really happy with this one though.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

1960's Advertising

Inspired by advertisements of the 1960's. A typical Yardley of London layout. Made with gouache, marker, pen and wax.
The London lipstick party tour bus. This particular piece you may or may not notice is somewhat reminiscent of Pippy Long Stocking. Yes, she is cool.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

White Spider Fern


An image I made ages ago in a good old fashioned dark room. I covered it with wax a couple years ago but it never sold until recently after I added the carving. It will be sad seeing it go.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

John Muir

Climb the mountain and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

- John Muir
1901


Same image without encaustics.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Kafka- The Metamorphosis

A piece done for the short story, "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka. You may be wondering about the female hands? Well, for this particular assignment, I had to illustrate a certain groups thesis which I completely disagree with. The thesis states that the main character and his sister are having an incestuous relationship. So there you go. Subtlety is key.
A mixed media piece of photography, pencil drawing and encaustics. The original work is for sale at my shop All Of Our Beeswax.