Thursday, July 19, 2012

For Gallifrey

Ok. So, before I even got started watching Doctor Who, I discovered Gallifreyan.

The circular patters of Gallifreyan I found online are absolutely beautiful. I love round objects and patterns made with them. The first thing I ever saw was The Doctor's name, and I thought it was beautiful. It looked like a clock mechanism.

So here I am, two Doctors into the series.

Surfing along the internet, I found The Seal of Rassilon.

According to Wikipedia, Rassilon was the founder of the Time Lord Society on Gallifrey. The design for his seal is beautiful. It's almost celtic, with Art Nouveau curls.

What is a girl to do? Make her own.

I give you "For Gallifrey". My tiny little piece of Doctor Who fan art.

It doesn't "say" anything, it's just lovely.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A Daily Deviation feature on DeviantArt!

I never thought it would happen, but I got a Daily Deviation feature on DeviantArt! They chose my Gotye piece  for a feature on the front page!

I thought it didn't really count if you submitted yourself for a DD, but I guess my piece was good enough to warrant it!

It's only been up since about 2 this morning, but it already has over 2100 views, and about 200 favorites on it.

I keep getting comments saying how they think it's one of the best uses of hand-lettered words they've ever seen. It makes me really proud :)

and now I'm really glad I didn't say no to finishing this because I think Gotye is a hipster.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Ignorance is Bliss - Button design

"Ignorance is Bliss"
Button Design
Vector - Adobe Illustrator CS5
Wacom Intuos 5 Tablet

I did the face for this months ago, but never had anything to do with it. I was originally going to put spider legs on it and make it insanely creepy. I called it "Ignorance is Bliss"

The starburst represents the bliss, and the eyes represent 3 things:

1. What we see
2. What we want to see
3. What we're afraid to see

The smile reminds me of the smile I see on people who I've seen follow blindly into bad places. I get really creeped out when I see this smile. Like the girls you see on documentaries about cult churches.. how they're so "happy". It's truly a terrifying thing to see.

I think this will be going into my first "button basket" that I have printed.

I had a bit of a difficult time with this. For whatever reason, I had a hard time getting the shape cropped out into a circle. I almost ended up just using a mask, but I forced myself to look it up again instead of being stubborn and thinking I know everything. I had missed a step, and sure enough, once I fixed it it cropped just fine.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Somebody that I used to Know - Finished

Finished calligram of "Somebody that I used to Know" by Gotye feat. Kimbra.

15 hours, cumulative
Vector - Adobe Illustrator
Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet

I love how this came out. I was originally going to do the background the same color as the album cover (since the colors are from the album cover as well), but the colors were too light to show up on that background, so I figure it works well enough on black. Plus, it gives it that kindof ominous feeling that comes with a breakup.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Prepare Ye! - Finished

After hours of careful screwups, and many attempts to defenestrate my Wacom - this piece is finally finished.

This piece was really difficult to pull off. One of the main concerns I had after posting the WIP was that the halo was making it look like a helmet. Not to say that Jesus wasn't into road safety, but it really didn't convey what I was trying to get out of the piece. I still wanted the halo there, but I was having a hard time conveying that over his enormous afro.

I tried posting to an artists group I'm part of for critique. They said the same thing about the helmet, but also that the heart didn't really read well as a heart. I tried numerous other ways to make it look like a heart. I posted it a few more times while in progress.. and it frustrated me to no end that the new critique was "You should do it X way"... with X being the way I had it originally. So, was it good or bad? I guess we'll never know. I finally managed to make it look more heart-like by giving it a bit more depth, and making i kindof 3D over the top curve of the forehead. I made it look like there was face paint surrounding a bleeding heart on his forehead. I think it gave it an interesting, unexpected visual.

I finished blocking out the lettering on the hair, but I didn't like how it looked. I didn't like that it was so rounded. I tried numerous things. I tried giving the hair a more textured look, but keeping the halo round. I tried     making the halo more of just an outside stroke above the hair, and keeping the hair AS the halo (which I really feel was what they were implying by it in the movie). What ended up working was giving the hair a little bit of texture by erasing out to leave some negative space, but giving the hair a stable arc to cut across. And then! Then! I had the FANTASTIC idea to give the HALO some texture! And that was where I was finally happy with it.

I have about 15 versions of this because I was not happy with how it came out each time. But after taking certain elements from several different versions, I finally have one that I'm happy with.

A good friend of mine made one closing critique on it that I agreed with her on, that the face makeup I had on the version I put up on my DeviantArt was not quite as it should be.. so the version down here has been adjusted for that, and I definitely think she was right. It looks WAY better now!

So, without further incident:

I emailed Stephen Schwartz's staff and requested an address to send a print of this to him. They sent me one, but with a note that he won't be replying since he's in "artistic hibernation". That's really fine. I just want him to have a copy of it!

And now - to work on something else. I intentionally made myself sit through the entirety of Godspell yesterday to make sure I wouldn't hate it forever. I love it as a movie and as a musical, and I think my life would be so different without it. The soundtrack to Godspell is one of my earliest memories. I remember my sister singing it around the house, and her having been in a production of it. This musical has a special place in my heart <3

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Prepare Ye!

This is the framework for a Godspell poster I'm working on. It's a well known fact that I am a huge fan of Stephen Schwartz, and Godspell especially. (However, Wicked comes a close second!)

There is a scene in the film version from 1973 with Victor Garber as Jesus that has this beautiful shot. It's right after the song "O Bless the Lord My Soul" and during the scene of Beatitudes. Judas says " Blessed are ye... When men shall persecute you and revile you... and say all manner of evil against you... .... falsly.". The camera changes focus from David Haskell as Judas/John The Baptist and back to Jesus again.. and there's this look on his face that I've always felt moved by. It's this "Yeah, I know.. and this is going to suck" face.

I am a huge fan of Victor Garber as well. I would love to make some arrangements to get a print of this to him when it was finished if possible.

His hair is going to serve as a halo as well, and I'm planning to put the words "Earth shall be fair and all her people one" inside of it, making up the texture of the hair.

I plan on keeping this mostly black and white, with the exception of the heart on his forehead. It's actually going to be quite minimalist, which will be new for me.

The contour of his face came out awesome. I am so proud of that.

Any critiques or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

And this will be Print #2

I decided to do a black one and a white one. I already posted the white version, so here is the other one:

I didn't really like how the black of the heart blended in so much with the star burst. I ended up making a new layer underneath the heart and using the same shape of it but with a thick stroke around it. I think it helps it stand out really well. I think this is my favorite of all of the ones like this I did. I think this will likely make the best print!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Or I could just print this.

I think this is is. I think this is the print!

So, Now I'm Torn...

I really should just either let dead things lie, or really work out what looks absolutely awesome before I post it. The only problem with that is that I'm constantly making things that could look awesome in several different ways.

Take these three for example:

I love all three of them. They each have their own charm to them. I think the gray and black one willbe the one I print, though. I might have to futz with it in Photoshop, though.. just to be sure everything is exactly how I want it printed.

Or maybe I could release them all? I just wish I could figure out how to make things that only looked awesome one way. Because instead, I end up bombarding my DeviantArt, my Facebook, and my blog with several versions of the same thing because I end up messing with something again after I'm "done" with it, and it ends up looking wicked. I think I have no fewer than 15 files for this thing alone.

I did end up toying with the starburst backgrounds, and I posted them to my DeviantAt account for people to use as stock backgrounds. I respectively named them "Pink Lemonade", "Watermelon", and "Electrolyte Imbalance". I named the latter because I did a blue/green one that reminded me of Powerade. That one seems to be the most popular so far.

On the plus side, I'm now ahead of the game. I was hoping to have 100 deviations by June when I went to Vegas for my sister's wedding. Now, I'm only 5 away!

Since I finally learned how to make the starburst in Photoshop, I will never stop using this XD No, I probably will... but be prepared for me to continue using it.

After messing with the another piece, I had a lightbulb moment and went "Aha!" and figured this would make an absolutely amazing background for my sacred heart piece.

I also made a version of this with lyrics from "Starlight" by Muse on it, but it looks absolutely ridiculous, so I'm not going to post it.

I made a few different gradient colors for the background, and I might toy around with them later. This one reminds me of Tie Dye, and there was another one I called "Pink Lemonade". I might just toy around with the gradient and starbursts and post them as stock for people to use for free or something.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Shot Through the Heart (And Donovan is to blame)

During the making of this piece, I was subjected to Donovan's "Atlantis" several times by Spotify. I had it on a playlist I made of oldies and classic rock. Somehow, it decided that I needed to be barraged by Atlantis. I think it might be psychic, since I was having a good laugh last night over some guy being beaten to death with Atlantis playing in the background in "Goodfellas".

I decided to revisit this because after last nights deviation, I compared it on my blog to another sacred heart I did years ago. I took the original from that piece, and created a new skeleton for this. I was going to re-create the layered piece I did before as a live trace, but I ended up doign this instead. I'm actually really pleased with how this came out.

I feel a bit sacrilegious about putting a Sacred Heart on a set of cross hairs, but there's something to it that makes sense. Please excuse the Bon Jovi reference as a title - I couldn't think of a better one (Though my husband suggested "Total Eclipse of the Heart")

I'm a little iffy on the little gradient dots on the edges, but I think I might leave them there. I like them.

Sacred Hearts

Just a doodle I did because my husband insisted I draw SOMETHING. Feeling kindof down tonight. Not really feeling up to drawing.

I drew a Sacred Heart because it was something I used to look to for comfort. I've never been Catholic, but the Sacred Heart has always been something I considered very beautiful. The idea that something in this life could be so beautiful gave me happiness and hope for a better day tomorrow.

I've always been drawn to the Sacred Heart. The Immaculate heart is beautiful as well, but the Sacred heart is something else entirely. While I know that the Sacred Heart doesn't stand for this, I always felt that the Sacred heart represented the love one had for Jesus and his role as lord and savior. I thought maybe if I could find what set my heart alight in that same way, it would feel complete. Somehow, this image is one of the only things that has truly set my heart alight in that way. I could draw sacred hearts all day. I used to. I used to have them all over my notebooks in high school. I made them into clay beads and pendents. I nearly had one tattooed on me, but my mother told me that was only for "jailers and sailors".

There's just something about an image that makes your heart ache in awe of its beauty. It sounds ridiculous, but I feel like this is what my heart would look like if I could just find that "one thing".

But I think I like this one below better: 

The black and neon one is one of my favorite pieces from my portfolio.

It's interesting to see them side by side (or, one over the other rather) since they're so different.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Beauty is in the Eye of the Bee Holder

So, here I am. Rocking out to Hanson, messing with Illustrator sans Wacom. I am an avid Hanson fan. I was a huge fan of them when Middle of Nowhere was released in 1997. I kept myself in denial for a long time, cause listening to Hanson wasn't "cool". But finally, I just said "The hell with everybody else. Hanson is awesome", and came out of the proverbial record cabinet. Hanson is an amazing band. Seriously. They are WAY more than people take them for. MMMBop is not by far their best song. I highly recommend giving some of their newer stuff a listen. But this blog isn't about Hanson - it's about my artwork!

I decided to play with a piece that I worked on before. I replaced the bee with something that I live-traced and then adjusted to my liking, instead of using clip art. It used to be a clip-art be with clip art vector filigrees. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it. I saw this neat piece of artwork on DeviantArt that inspired me to work with just some basic shapes and layer them together. I thought it might be neat to play around with the piece I had before. This is what it originally looked like (well, after I switched out the bee and lost the filigree. That one isn't saved anymore! I accidentally deleted it):

This is also a minor variation on the egyptian "Eye of Horus". That was the inspiration for it. It started out with just a circle and some dripping lines, and turned into this.

It's interesting what the work of others and good music can accomplish!

Friday, April 6, 2012


I've been working on a brand name to go with my nom de stylus. (Haha, I see what I did there)

I settled on MÖSHRUMP. The logo will be stylized in a Helvetica font with tight kerning. I figured since a lot of the work I do is mushroom related, going with something that names it that way worked well. It's an old form of the word Mushroom (obviously). I already have the email account set up and everything. It's time to get professional, people!

I also set up a new Etsy account with the name Moshrump as well, so that once my stickers get printed up, they will have a place to go.

And now: for Google Visibility!

MÖSHRUMP + moeshrump + mushroom + moshrump

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Productive Procrastination

I'm avoiding working on my  lyrics piece AND my seahorse. For some reason, I just don't want to work on them. They're frustrating me. The seahorse is making me not want to finish it because I have to do it segment by segment, layer by layer. I'm honestly wishing I hadn't decided to digitize it. I'm sure I'll come back to it eventually, but for now --- something less frustrating.

I've been playing with a sticker series in Illustrator today. Completely original, drawn with the pen tool.  It started because I posted the cat sticker I made yesterday on my facebook. A friend from school said she'd like some, plus some bunnies for her car (to match the amount of pets she has). So, I started playing around with the bunny. Then, I saw another friend on Pinterest (The time-sink of the universe) collecting skull designs.. so I did a skull. I still wanted to do something else. I ended up doing an owl because my husband and I were discussing things that were marketable. Last week, I had lamented that my Threadless submission didn't make it. The same girl requesting the bunny had suggested that next time, I put a bird on it. "Hipsters love birds", she said. Plus, owls are pretty cute. Boom! Owl!

Here they are in their pre-production glory:

And now, I think I'll go try and work on the thing that might actually make me money. Although, I did get the money from my first print today! Win!

Somebody that I used to Know - Take 1

After the success of my Massive Attack piece, I decided I would do another piece of a similar kind for practice. I might actually have a market for this. I had this idea for the song "Somebody that I used to know" by Gotye feat. Kimbra. I hated this song for the longest time. It absolutely grated on my nerves that someone would use the phrase 'have your friend collect your records and then change your number". Records? Man. I know I live in Portland, but that's a little hipster-ish even for me.

Anyway. I finally got over my deep hatred for the Hipster Song, as I called it.. and decided to work with it. I made the outline, and Ben reminded me I could use a clipping mask to make the border on it. That way I'm not fretting over the complex outline of it. With the Massive Attack one, it had a little more give because it was mostly just curved lines. This one has a more complex image to it, so it's going to require a bit more control over how the words get placed.

Once this is finished, the outline is not going to be visible. I only left it on there as a visual cue for the artistic process. I'm still working on finishing the lettering on it, but once I do, I'm going to move letters up, down, and around so they're not quite so fine tuned. I also need to finish my seahorse painting, but I think I'll work on this instead to avoid working on that hideous atrocity!

Neon Cats, Ahoy!

 On my adventure to create at least one thing per day,  I decided to just mess with my tablet. For fun, I decided to draw a cat. I wasn't sure what to do with it, so I went with my usual and put it inside a circle. I liked the way it looked, and have provided an example below. I like the complementary colors I used. For most of them (I did one each in pink, orange, green, and blue), I kept the green eyes. It didn't look quite as good with the orange though,

I played around with outline strokes and paths til I found one that worked well enough. Then, I used the blob tool to make a background for the design. The black square behind these is only for demonstration. If I were to have these made into stickers (which I intend to), they would be die cut around the outline of the outermost color border. I'm mostly just amused that I drew neon cats! 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Inertia Creeps - Complete

Inertia Creeps
lyrics by: Massive Attack (Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall, Andrew Vowles)

Adobe Illustrator CS5
Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet
25+ hours

This began as a doodle in my sketchbook while I was doing laundry. After I posted it to my Facebook, a friend asked if I would be willing to sell him a print of it. That meant I actually needed to digitize it, and do it well. I worked on it from Tuesday, March 27th until just now on March 30th.. I worked on it close to 8 hours a day. I decided to use a matte colored background because I felt that adding any more detail to it would detract from the design. I chose blue because I felt the baby blue had more personality than white, but left the design to show itself. I had toyed around with a gradient backdrop, but it ended up detracting from it. I had also toyed with putting a layer over it and carving out the Massive Attack logo from it, but again, it did not work so well. I don't feel as though I can take as much pride as I should with this piece because the lyrics belong to someone else. I feel like this is fan art that should be left to my DeviantArt account. On the other hand, I worked really hard on this. I spent several days working on it, and I hand-shaped each letter one at a time. This wasn't just me shaping a font - this was me crafting each piece by itself. 

I think in general, this is something I can be proud of, and I will definitely keep it in my portfolio as a testament to my use of Illustrator, and my knowledge of spacial design.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Inertia Creeps

A few weeks ago, I did a little doodle in my sketchbook. I am a huge fan of the band Massive Attack, and I love Robert Del Naja as an artist. So, I had put on a Trip Hop playlist on Spotify, and was just messing around with my sketchbook. I decided to draw the lyrics to the first verse of Inertia Creeps, which is one of my favorite songs of all time. I love it. The song is phenomenal. I started out with a sketch, and then I inked it with a .30 micron pen. I think some of the ink might have rubbed off when I was erasing the pencil marks though. I need to make sure I don't rub as hard next time.

This is the timeline so far. I've posted to my facebook and my DA account with three updates. I don't plan on updating again until at least all of the text is done - if not the entire piece.

I think the digital looks much better. I adjusted some of the lettering to fit it better so there is less leftover space that shouldn't be there. I want to re-do the text of "Recollect" because I think it's not as squared as the rest of the text. The rest of the text has a certain look to it, and I'd like it to all be similar. I removed the connective line in the first few lines of text. I decided I didn't like it quite as much and thought it looked better without it.

I'm not sure how I'll finish this though. I don't know if I want to keep the text black or color it.. or if I want a background color. I'm going to have to think about it.

However, I've spent 15+ hours on this, with 10 of that being today. My thumb went numb again from gripping the stylus. I need to set alarms for every two hours to make sure I get up, eat something, walk around.. and just generally stretch out. I was sitting so long today I was limping when I tried to walk to 7-11.

I think this is coming out pretty nice though :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Fairy Night

Hey everyone! This is my design, and I would absolutely love you FOREVER If you would 1. ote for it! 2. Share it so your friends can vote for it! 

It would mean the world to me to get my design on something, so if you think this rocks (or even pebbles a little bit), vote! ♥

Fairy Night

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Oil in a Barrel
Vector - Adobe Illustrator CS5
Wacom Intuos 4 tablet

I created this after working on "Gathering Rain(bows)". I was wondering how the rainbow circles would look arranged differently. I arranged them in a circular pattern, since they were in a square beforehand. I wanted to arrange it so that they weren't symmetrical, but maintained some kind of visual continuity. I made sure to try and keep the colors and sizes even but separate. I used a black circle as a guideline for setting them up. Once they were all in place, I copied the black circle and adjusted the inside so that it was clear, leaving just the black outline. It leaves a nice frame around the image. I think this will likely be the last I do with this piece so as not to get repetitive. Unlike my mushroom series, this is still maintaining the same color scheme, just arranged differently. I might try to do it with grayscale later on though. Only time will tell!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sleepless and Distraught (Supermassive)

Sleepless and Distraught

5"x5" Vector
Adobe Illustrator CS5
Wacom Intuos 4

I get a lot of inspiration from my music or whatever else I'm listening to. I was listening to a combination of Repo! The Genetic Opera, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and Supermassive Black Hole by Muse when I created this.

Gathering Rain(bows)

Gathering Rain(bows)
Vector - Adobe Illustrator CS5
Wacom Intuos 4


6"x6" Vector art
Adobe Illustrator CS5
Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet

1 of 12 - Not from original set of 9