Facebook Friends Portrait Project

blogOver the past few months I have grown to love drawing on my Android phone. Sketches go quick, are easily edited and it makes for a great boredom buster.

This past week I began drawing of photos I have taken of friends and family. I began with a drawing of my step-brother, Steve, simply because I liked the way his clothes were wrinkled in a particular photo. I continued to drawing my 2 year old daughter and then myself.
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This quickly transformed into a full-blown illustration project with 50+ Facebook friends requesting custom portraits. A full gallery of the project in progress can be found here. If you would like to commission a custom portrait, for very reasonable prices I must say, please visit the shop for more details.

AMPERSANDxyz now on Instagram.

instagramcollageFINALMaybe I’m a little behind the times, but I’m happy to say that Instagram is new on the list of my favorite obsessions. As thrilled as I was to have a simple photo filter app on my new phone, I am definitely more excited to see things through other people’s eyes all over the world.

Feel free to follow me @chrissyjoxyz for snapshot of what Im currently working on, things soon to be added to the shop, and a good amount of random stay-at-home-mom excitement.

the artwork of dan eells.

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Recently, I received an awesome package in the mail from the multi-talented Dan Eells of Philadelphia. Inside were two original watercolor pieces, a mixed media collage and two glossy stickers of his digital work.  I have been a fan of Dan’s work since I stumbled upon some of his collages through mutual “art friends” on Facebook. It isn’t often that you see an artist who is completely confident in nearly every artistic medium, and still has the ability to unify them with a common weirdness.

Source: dieells.tumblr.comDan Eells’ work brings old printed images into the modern era with strange juxtopositioning and bright bold colors. His ink drawings when combined with watercolor allow you to see portraits and animals in a unique new light. Although, a lot of the surface may remain untouched white, the amount of detail in what is drawn or painted is overwhelmingly powerful.

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I was immediately reminded of his art when I randomly acquired a giant stack of vintage National Geographic magazines from the early 70’s to late 80’s.  By sending Dan a small stack of these magazines, I am the proud new owner of several of his pieces!  I couldn’t be happier.

To find out more about Dan Eells, follow him on Tumblr at DIEELLS.TUMBLR.COM.
Some of his paintings and printed work can also be seen at daneells.com.