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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Concepts/Studies... *Lots of Pics* on: January 09, 2017 07:42:30 AM
vkvhawk - It was like that in my house growing up too!

BeaG - Thank you so much for your kind words, they really do mean a lot. Smiley

mandit1990 - the work I'm doing right now might be more classified as the very edges of surreal, maybe?  It's hard to explain/define right now as I'm still in the early stages of developing the series.  I do enjoy fantasy work though, so maybe the next set will be tinged in a bit of magic. Wink
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Concepts/Studies... *Lots of Pics* on: January 08, 2017 04:21:01 PM
Hello lovelies!

It's been a little while since I've been on.  I've been a busy bee trying to clean up my Studio space to make way for all my current and future projects for 2017 and thought I would share a collection of concept sketches/studies that didn't quite make it past the drawing phase to the painting table for 2016.  I may come back to a few of these at a later point, but I'm completely focused on shelling out two whole series this year so time will only tell how motivated (ie - distracted Wink) I am.

A Brother's Love

Meeting of the Minds

The Night Queen

The Lookout

Three of Swords



Forest Goddess

Silent Wars

I'm hoping to have more things to share soon once I get some traction on my current projects. Smiley

Thanks a bunch for looking!

-Nichole <3
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Watercolor and Gold Leaf on: January 05, 2017 06:08:51 PM
This is amazing! I love your loose style and the gold leaf looks really great. 
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Bird drawing bonanza! *PIC HEAVY!! on: January 05, 2017 06:06:04 PM
Oooo I really like the splatter effect and the color palettes you've chosen for these Smiley Well done!
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 116 ENTRIES / Captain Marvel - Pic Heavy on: November 07, 2016 09:05:38 AM

My husband and I always throw a huge costume party every year for halloween with all of our friends but I struggled with a costume idea for the longest time.

I finally decided on dressing up as Captain Marvel. Sifting through many reference pictures I decided to forgo the catsuit (who is comfortable in one of those anyway?) because at the end of the day, I wanted to be able to reuse all the costume components individually in everyday life.  I don't like to waste money if I can help it. 

I decided to use this photo reference for my costume:

I managed to procure blue leggings and red boots but I figured out pretty quickly that I would need to alter something for the top of the costume, which is the main identifier of the character.  That turned out to be a red fitted pleather jacket that I found on sale through Amazon:

From there, I did a bunch of research on how to alter this thing. I read everything from sewing to spray paint and ended up settling on acrylic paint.  There are a bunch of cosplay boards that claim it was the best for faux leather, since both materials are primarily comprised of plastic and super flexible.

I worried at first that the paint would flake off, but it turned out way better than I ever hoped for (after a tiny nervously applied test spot on the inside). Then it was just a matter of laying out the design and painting away:

The "gold" coloring is actually a iridescent bronze liquid acrylic.  It has a slight metallic sheen that I liked much better than doing the primary yellow as shown in the pictures (I thought it would be too bright).

Outfit All put together:

I loved how the jacket turned out so much that I might revamp a black pleather fitted jacket I've had in my closet for years by painting the punisher skull on the back! Wink

Thanks for looking! <3
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dancing Harmony - Pic Heavy on: September 09, 2016 09:36:42 AM

Hello Lovelies!

I just wanted to share my latest painting with you all.  I think it might be one of my favorites that I have done to date.  We recently had our formal dining room furnished after saving the last couple of years for it but one wall was blank and in need of something pretty.

Thus, this concept was born of several wonderful [copyright free] reference photographs provided by a reference site I'm a member of.

Without further ado -


A few in process photographs - apologies for the poor quality since they were taken with my phone during low lighting.  I really need to invest in one of those full spectrum daylight bulbs since I find my groove in the later hours of the day.

The final:

The piece is called "Dancing Harmony" and is 16" x 20" on fabriano 300 lb completed with Van Gogh watercolors.  I added a bit of micron pen and white gel pen for edge definition and highlights in certain areas as well.

Thanks a bunch for taking the time to look! Smiley


7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / New Paintings! ** Lots of Pics** on: June 28, 2016 08:04:57 AM


So I wanted to share my latest adventures with you lovelies!

For the last few weeks (maybe a month?) I've been slaving away at creating pages for my own adult coloring book based on my illustrations and all of the black and white was driving me a bit insane.  I took a break to do some mini paintings to purge the crazy from my system so I could get back to work with a clear head Wink

The results are below! 

While I've been shying away from recreating picture references in my own style lately, there is definitely something almost freeing about the process.  With trying to conceptualize an idea, I have to figure out every little detail to bring a composition together. 

Recreating photo references let's my brain sort of float around in white static. 

Which sounds kind of weird...

Anyway, these are all 4" x 6" in watercolor with some gel pen and fineliner for highlights and definition:



Nature's Jewel

Rainbow Succulent


This next mini painting is a little bit smaller, capping at 3.5" x 5" because I found this really awesome antiquish frame that was begging for a painting and how could I possibly resist?

Mid-Flight Meal


This last one is different than the rest, but I couldn't resist sharing it with you anways.  I finished a concept that will become a page in my upcoming coloring book as well as a full painting (I have a long queue of concepts pinned to my studio wall that serves as my painting "to-do list"). 

My usual approach to paintings is to blast them with all the colors.  I like brightness, and it shows even when I don't mean to.  But I wanted to approach this particular one differently, and thought I might try to do a practice mini painting to ensure that I could, indeed, paint softer.  My results are below and I couldn't help putting my practice painting in another antique frame I had on hand. Smiley

Blinding Beauty


 In process Practice Painting


I think that's everything, for now. Thanks for taking the time to look! Smiley

8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Sweet Dreams Series on: May 31, 2016 03:24:40 PM
Gosh, thanks for the love everyone!  Embarrassed

Uhhhh. Would it be super creepy if I wanted to stitch up Sea Dreams? Or Night Dreams. Probably Sea, because it's so wonderfully lovely. But I'm back to Night.

Haha, Joyfulclover its not creepy - it's actually flattering if I'm honest. 0.o  If you do end up stitching Sea Dreams, be sure to drop me a pic - I would love to see it!

I had to return to this thread and tell you how I admire your daring use of all kinds of different 'materials'.
I used to do that a little myself, but never to this extent or with such stunning results.

You make me want to draw/paint again (I gave that up because of chronic pain and other health issues, many years ago).

BeaG, thank you for such kind words - it definitely took me a little bit to figure out how to "meld" the different materials together in a way that I liked. and truth be told, when I started down the path to "being an artist", I wasn't sure exactly what my thing was. I figured the best way to figure it out was to try a lot of different things and experiment.  My "control" was landscapes, flowers, and animals to help me develop techniques to work with the materials and once I got a handle on that, I moved myself into more fantasy related things (about 2 years later).  I don't think I'm quite there yet, but I feel like I'm developing a sense of "me" throughout my work, finally.  Still a long way to go.

I do hope that you are able to find a gentler way to still express your creativity.<3
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Sweet Dreams Series on: May 27, 2016 03:56:40 PM

I wanted to share the first painting series I completed this year. I call it the 'Sweet Dreams" Series and was built around the ideas of where our minds wander to when we are asleep and the fantastical things young dreamers come up with.  This series was meant to be on the lighter and more whimsical side of things, and they all started with concept sketches first.

Sea Dreams

Steam-Punk Dreams

Night Dreams

Through my artistic career, the one subject matter I really struggled with [and still struggle with to some degree] is capturing the human form in an effective and somewhat believable way.  I made a personal goal at the beginning of the year to attempt to strengthen skills I felt were lacking and this series was my first foray. 

As for these pieces, I wanted to create as much movement as possible with line-work to add to the whimsical feel.  I also wanted the hair to "bleed" into dreamlike elements while still retaining their shape. 

The Final Pieces:

Sea Dreams:


Steam-Punk Dreams:


Night Dreams:


These are sized at 11" x 17" and I completed them using a watercolor base with copic marker, pencil pastel, gel pen and fine liner overlay for detail and definition. 

anyway, thanks for looking! Smiley

10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: The Totem Series - Lots of Pics on: May 25, 2016 08:26:23 AM
Gosh, thanks everyone! 

Patraw - as of right now, I am set on these three.  There could be more later on [I don't like fully closing the door on the possibility], but I don't have anything else to give add to the series at the moment.  I feel like these three sucked a lot out of me so I have a few lighter pieces lined up to create. Wink

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