Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Gradient Mesh in Illustrator CS5

In college I took a couple of Illustrator classes. The professors approach was to demo the different tools and then let us experiment with them. It was a great class, and I got the basics down well, but I haven't really been exploring anything new until recently. Through tutorials, mostly from, I've been experimenting with the gradient mesh tool.
I used a gradient mesh for both the heel and the upper of the shoe. This is my first attempt at anything so complex. It was....interesting. But it did get much easier the longer I used it. It's not perfect yet, some of the shadows are still off, but its mostly how I want it to look. The shoe isn't meant to be black though...I want it to end up sky blue (I think), but getting the shading right in grayscale is easiest for me. Grayscale is my comfort zone. 

This is what I've got so far. The wing is going to be a cut out...most likely of a sheer fabric, and outlined with rhinestones.

These are my references (from left to right):
Christian Louboutin shoe, for a shading reference
Photoshop tiff outline of design
Original design, in pencil

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Batman Converse!

My brand new Batman converse! They fit like a dream, as per usual with converse. They're pretty fan-freaking-tastic! You can still get them online for $60.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Happy Birthday Harry James Potter!

Celebrating Harry's birthday.

If I can get my act together, I'll post a Harry nail design.

Friday, July 27, 2012


I have had this song (1:33) stuck in my head for almost a week. It got to the point where I went online and look it up so I could at least know all the words!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Simple Slytherin Nails

So I finally joined Pottermore, which if you haven't heard, you clearly aren't an avid Potter fan. It took me this long to join because I was so utterly annoyed at the hype they had for this. When J.K. Rowling put out the video, I thought it was for a new book, and I was incredibly disappointed to find out it was a website.

However that being said, Pottermore is awesome! I love all the additional info she's given to us. So on Pottermore, you get to go through the books visually, and in the first one you get sorted, which is permanent. So once your sorted thats it. I got sorted into Slytherin, and so for Leaky Con (which is in Chicago this year, so I will be attending one day!) I'm wearing a Slytherin uniform. I decided to get into it early and try out a couple of designs to see which I should wear for Leaky Con.

This is my first go, its quite simple, based on the ties worn in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (and the next 3 films). Out of the Harry Potter books, the Order of the Phoenix is my favorite, just in case you were wondering.

 This is the wand I got from Alivans. I did a post about it here. The background is actually a box that my Griffidor house scarf came in, its a Madame Malkin's box. I got it as a birthday present, its from Noble Collections. I kinda love the little details like that.

What I used:

Seche Vite base coat
Zoya Suvi (3 coats because it was such a thin formula, which is weird for Zoya)
StripeRite in Silver
Seche Vite top coat

Friday, July 20, 2012

Spiderman 'french manicure'

Another design in my Spiderman kick.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Amazing Spiderman Nails 2

So the last post I did, the spiderman nails, I wasn't super happy with how they turned out. The lines were too thick and it wasn't up to my usual standards. So this is my second go at it, same design, different technique.

 So instead of free handing the spider I used paint tape to cut out a guide.
 I also didn't add the webbing on the middle finger, so the spider stood out more.
I also tried to follow the design of the new suit more accurately.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Amazing Spiderman Nails

I'm super excited to see the new Spider-man movie and so I currently have Spider-man inspired nails.

I'm not super impressed with how they came out. I'm going to try doing the web details with a nail art pen next. I used StripeRite in black this time and the lines are just too thick for me.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

National Zombie Night Poster

This is a teaser poster I made for National Zombie Night. I used Adobe Illustrator. I really like the way it turned out.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Marion Bolognesi "Canary" Print

My mom just ordered this print, "Canary" by Marion Bolognesi, for me for my birthday. It's a limited edition of 30, released on  June 11, and are available at her online store. I'm super excited. Marion Bolognesi is my favorite illustrator. She's absolutely amazing! I'm jealous of her incredible talent.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Rest in Peace Ray Bradbury

An absolutely amazing author! Thank you for all you did.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days in theaters August 3. Will definitely be going on opening day.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Yum Yum

 Created by Yum Yum, Audio by David Kamp.

Friday, May 18, 2012

When I grow up...

An adorable drawing by a kindergartener

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Supakitch inspired Munny part 2

It took me awhile to find the right marker for this. A ton of markers just rub right off, or will rub off even after they dry. I tried coptic, prisma, micron, and several others before I ended up with the Stratford/Sharpie poster marker. I love this one because it dries matte. I originally wanted to use Posca markers, but I had a hard time finding them for a reasonable price. I finally got them, but after I had finished his head. I ordered all my markers from They are fantastic because they have free shipping on orders over $25, and I got mine in 3 days. They rock!

So I started off tracing my pencil lines.

Then I went in and added the design for the feathers.

Glitter Ombre Nails

 (My thumb nail is chipped...I know :( I did it while taking my camera out. Bummer for me.)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hunger Games Banner

Why I love my job....

I had to create this Hunger Games banner for our Teen section. Super fun for me.

Lighten Up

What I feel like doing today :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Supakitch inspired Munny!

I got 4 blank Munnys in November. I intended to paint them for gifts for my siblings & cousins, but I never got around to it. I had designed a Supakitch inspired Munny, and I finally got around to working on it.

Now, I've never done this before, so it's been all trial and error. I looked up some different techniques on the internets, and just decided to go with acrylic paint. Mainly because I already know how to use it, and also because I had some in my basement :)

This is my drawing I started with. It's inspired by the fox in this video:

which if you regularly read my blog, will know I'm obsessed with this video. This is a collaboration by two street artists Supakitch and Koralie. You can check out their store Metroplastique.
Anyway, on to the process.... I haven't looked at the original illustration or video in a couple of months, so I was going purely off memory when I started painting. I like to work this way because it melds into something similar, but not an exact copy of the original.

 First I sketched out in pencil an underdrawing.

 Then I tried to 'watercolor' the head. I tried watercolors, but they just rolled off. So I went and got my acrylics, and it worked so much better. I wanted a spatter texture on the head, so I added a bit of water to the acrylics and dabbed it on with a dome brush.

 I started off with purple and just experimented with the water to paint ratio till I got a result I liked.

 Then I added some yellow ochre and bright blue splatters till I was happy with it.

 Then I moved on to the body. The paint was applying in a really weird way, and I got a pretty cool texture out of it. I kinda like it.
This is as far as I got today. It took me about 3 hours. Stay tuned for more updates :)