Well this is all crazy

Lots of downtime at work, so I just sit and hone my skills. These aren’t meant to make light of the serious situation we are all in right now (although some of the meme’s I’ve been seeing are absolutely hilarious), I just used the situation as inspiration and to help sort through my own confusion and worry. I’ve seen tons of people that are sensitive to the gravity of what is happening, so please don’t be offended by my art.

In all of these, I am following online tutorials and inserting my own words, etc. Several of the tutorials were from Spoon Graphics (please message me if you’d like me to find the links).

2020 Calendar

I was tasked to design the new desktop calendar for my work and I came up with this. Final size is 19.75 x 27.25 “. And only two go-arounds of changes from the “client” (the owner) ! I made my own brush in Illustrator and used it to design the numbers. I’m very pleased with how it turned out, especially since people will be staring at it for an entire year!

The Queen

A photoshoot that was a year in the making, the Queen of the Hedgehogs. Yes, hedgehogs. I own several and my photographer friend at RRS Photography wanted to do a shoot with me and my eight hogs. Since the suggestion, two passed away, so we had six to work with. It was not easy! I designed this cape and collar along with the headdress with spiky inspiration. (dba Pins and Needles Boutique). Queen_Collar-and-Headress

Using beads, wire, kabob sticks and lots of innovation, I came up with this collar. Queen_Collar

This headdress is gorgeous. I created a wire frame and then everything else fell into place. I don’t tend to plan or draw out a lot of designs because they just come to me on the fly. Queen_Headdress

Detail:

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in Memorium

This painting was a new request for me. A family member passed away recently and was cremated. I mixed his ashes with most of the paint and came up with this for his mother. When asked what kind of painting she wanted, she replied “Modern art.”  To me, this means a billion different things, but my mind tends to gravitate towards more abstract concepts when I first hear those words. I didn’t really have a plan at first; in fact, I started one painting and it wasn’t striking me in the right way for what I was trying to accomplish. This turned out more to my liking. Painting with ashes was interesting. I had to strain it through a small screen to get it finer than it was initially (i.e. I had to strain out the bits of bone). I left some texture on the canvas using molding past in my paint mixture. I used Golden Open Acrylics.

Mixing. Here you can see the bone.

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Final Piece

Painting abstract compositions is refreshing. I feel like even if there is a direction you’d like to go, the painting takes you along on its own journey. I represented the sun (or, son), along with a loose representations of a mountain and clouds, upside down rain, all incorporated in red, the favorite color of the recipient.

-ALN

Designs for Beauty Witch

New designs for cosmetologist, Tiffany Rubio. She wanted to change her branding, and came up with “Beauty Witch, let me work my magic”. It instantly reminded me of Bewitched, the 1970’s TV sitcom. I used pictures of Tiffany to shape her into a cartoon.

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Business card 
Beauty Witch_Facebook Cover photo
Facebook Banner
Beauty Witch_Instagram
Instagram photo

80’s Doggos

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A fun digital pet art commission ready for Christmas. To quote thy customer: “…They look like some sort of super hero team…”

Revisions included. I worked with the client to make it more suitable for the recipient, including altering the overall color to purple, since it’s the recipient’s favorite color.

This digital art prints really well as a glossy “photo” at any photo center as an 8×10.

Altered Beauty Studios

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This is a design I made for a friend who is in the beauty business. I tried to convey that beauty is colorful, and it also refers to tolerance and equality.

Looking back on this design, I see flaws in the font chosen; it is too thin in some areas, which may cause a disconnect when printing. I would rework this now. -A-