Portrait of the Day

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In my pursuit to create a new piece everyday, I’ve gotten a little sloppy with any sort of story telling I may have been going for. However, I am trying to find time to just create something.

Done in Procreate App for IPad.

I was so missing out!

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As embarrassed as I am to admit this, I just today fell in love with Procreate app for iPad.

I had been drawing and sketching in a number of free and paid applications for some time now. I had downloaded Procreate and it sat on the back burner for months. Out of sheer boredom, I gVe it another go. Love it!

This digital painting was inspired by Kasey K’s (of Cauliflower Kids Clothing) niece.

Kettlepot Tracks

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To my delight, his week I’ve been featured on Kettlepot Tracks Art on the Hill.

I absolutely love what they are doing over there. The husband and wife team invite independent musicians and bands to their home just outside of Philadelphia, where they record live tracks and videos for their blog. They also feature visual artists, weekly.

If you’d like to check out my little feature, that can be found here.

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With all of the awesome illustration commissions lately, I haven’t had much time for my own side work. This was done for no reason whatsoever. And those are the best kinds of drawings.

Storybook Illustrations

imageThis week I have been really throwing myself into full illustrations. As much as I loved drawing just busts of animals, they left something to be desired.  Backgrounds.  Currently, I am working on a series of animal based illustrations that tell a story.

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Both prints are available for purchase over at the shop.

Today’s Watercolors

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In the last twenty four hours, I have decided to take a small break from focusing on line work in my illustrations. Carefully choosing the right line weight and stroke can be mentally exhausting. These are the two pieces I’ve worked on in the past day.

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Both illustrations were created in a drawing app for iPad, using a watercolor technique. Also, both are expected to be available as high quality 8×10 archival prints in the shop by the end of next week.

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.