Hello, my friends!
It’s time for another semi-recent art post! Today’s collection includes a bunch of pieces from exciting projects and products I can’t wait to tell you guys about! I also added in some “art crumbs” – small sketches and random doodles that didn’t fill their own page but still deserve to be shared.
Alright, this is going to get long so I’ll stop introduction-ing now. Enjoy some art inspiration!
We’ll start with some portrait practice. I like including the practice sketches in my notebooks along with the finished piece. Next time I think I won’t use graphite on watercolor paper, though…
I started the page to the left to use up some leftover acrylic painting and then finished it ages later with more paint and some colored pencil. Nothing special, but it was fun. I painted the wildflowers for my sister’s wildflower stationery set which you can see here!
I love the colors on this one, ah. Click here to see the finished design for this card.
A bunch of eye sketches (more to come) and some cute plant drawings for a friend.
Some random, colorful colored pencil doodles because I felt like drawing something cute and happy.
I wonder how many galaxy paintings I’ve created by now… It’s a LOT. But I still love making them. ❤ I painted galaxies with two of my art students a little while ago and we had so much fun!
Another complete-the-picture painting! It’s a fun exercise to cut out half of a symmetrical picture (food works well) and try and paint the other half to match.
A cute logo design for my mom’s flower truck business! Again, this changed a bit by the time I converted it to a digital file. Visit the Instagram page here to see the finished result.
I was looking through old Magnolia Journal magazines and just had to paint this aesthetic picture! I taped the inspiration in, made some color swatches, and created my own version on the right.
Another art lesson for my students – practicing perspective.
Art lesson again. A bunch of these are from art lessons I’ve taught. This spread got filled over the course of several weeks as we learned how to draw portraits and different features.
Here are the eyes from the other page, plus an irrelevant but adorable fluffy owl from another page of the sketchbook.
More graphite sketches! Drawing hair is not my forte, so this was good practice.
I love the sunlit feeling of these painting. I don’t use acrylic that much but it’s always quite fun when I do.
Character designing… I think I named her Emily.
I really like the way this little piece turned out even though it’s pretty simple and sketchy.
Another art lesson – the little sister of two of my students “helped” me color the top left girl. 😛
Galaxies are one of my favorite things to paint and eyes are one of my favorite things to draw. I love the color(s) of the iris in this one.
I have a bunch of double drawings in my sketchbooks from making the first for an example and drawing the second along with my students during the lesson. I kinda like it that way.
This is one of the illustrations I made for an exciting senior project my cousin is working on which I’ll have to tell you guys about when it’s finished!
You won’t have to wait long until I tell you what project this is from – you’ll be seeing this pretty sunflower in my next post, which is gonna be super exciting, so stick around. 😉
I’m realizing that most of the art in this post has been for some purpose or some project… This is part of the handlettering/typography online course which I’m (very slowly) working on releasing.
A vibrant sunset city silhouette. I almost always paint sunsets instead of drawing them, so this was a fun challenge. Colored pencils can look like paint if you blend them right.
Now for a few “art crumbs.” The sketchbook above is my “everything” sketchbook. Occasionally I’ll make a finished piece in there, but I also use it for brainstorming, planning, sketching, and doodling. Here are a few doodles I found among the pages: a cute, scribbly character sketch, a flower and bee for a small graphic design commission, random guys sketched from a magazine, and a neat foggy person which I totally copied from Pinterest, hehe.
Next we have another small logo/graphic design project, Bob & Larry (obviously), some art for Megan’s coffee stationery, and a random but pretty flower drawing.
Now for some Etsy art! You can check out The Color Box Studio store here to see more of my art products, but here’s a peek at what I’ve been creating recently. First up, some galaxy envelopes! Does the top design look familiar? 😉 Check them out here.
Next… I’ve been making a TON of tiny paintings over the past few months. I realized it’s really, really fun to paint 2″X2″ landscapes, so I decided to sell them on my shop. This is the first collection I released:
After those sold out, I started offering a few of the landscapes as made-to-order mini masterpieces. If you’d like to buy one, check them out here!
Here’s the newest release: a set of aesthetic, green-and-brown toned landscapes which I absolutely love. Find them here.
Here’s a cute set of tiny botanicals. I can picture these hung up in a dollhouse like a miniature gallery wall.
Both the botanicals above and illustrations below are extremely small – just one inch square. I think they’re adorable. See them here.
I was commissioned to make some fun custom tiny paintings too, like these cute Harry Potter watercolors.
One customer wanted me to turn two of her travel photos into tiny paintings!
I love how these two birds turned out – another custom order.
Last but not least, a couple of custom pet paintings! This was the biggest one yet and took quite a long time, phew.
Here’s the most recent example of my classic pet portrait style which you can purchase with this link. I’m actually having a giveaway (open through October 3) for one of these on my Instagram! Enter to win a free custom pet portrait here.
Phew, I think that about covers it! I hope you enjoyed that pile of art inspiration plus all those links to different products, and accounts, and friends of mine. It occurs to me that I often put a LOT of links in my posts, don’t I? Oops. Well, if one particular piece caught your eye, I probably had a link to it above the picture. If not, click the button below to visit my shop and see if it’s there!
Which piece(s) did you like best? Big paintings or tiny paintings? What have you been creating recently?
Thanks so much for reading, my friends, and have a lovely day!