So over the past few weeks I have been working on some human anatomy illustrations. It started when I was asked to do a commission of a pregnant woman to give as a gift to an OBGYN. Doing this project got my brain thinking about all the cool ways I could paint parts of the human body. While I was creating these paintings my husband (who is in the medical field) and I started telling each other anatomy puns. As we were joking back and forth I started thinking about fun ways to visually represent the puns. Then I realized they would make really funny greeting cards especially, for people in the medical field. So as a personal project I decided to create some.
Some of you may not know that before I became a full time artist I designed and made greeting cards. It has been almost two years since I really designed card other than ones that were prints of full size paintings. So getting in touch with my roots I got to work by pulling out my paints, smooth watercolor paper, and my scanner.
I used Mijello Mission gold watercolor paints, sharpies, and hot press watercolor paper. I used the hot-press paper because it is easier to scan and turn into a digital file. I was a little rusty on the digital aspect of it because I typically work in traditional mediums and hardly use Adobe Illustrator anymore. After fumbling around for a bit it started to come back to me. I designed the cards to look like they were hand drawn illustrations and tried to keep them from looking overly refined.
I think they are a fun change from what I typically do and are a great addition to my anatomy illustrations.
If you are interested in ordering a card or a print you can do so over at my etsy shop.
You can watch a tutorial of the “Mothers Love” painting here.
Here are some of my favorite small paintings I have done this fall that I haven’t shared on here yet.
I did a lot of watercolor paintings this fall in an effort to prepare for a highly detailed landscape commission I was working on (more on that later). During this time I would either work on a landscapes or still life paintings. Whatever I decided to paint I would work to add a lot of detail and make it as realistic as possible. I wanted to improve my skill at a technique called glazing (layering transparent layers of paint), painting wet into wet, and looking at details.
Creating winter/ Holiday themed paintings was an idea I got last year. However, I didn’t have enough time to create the pieces in time for the holiday season with all the commissions I had been hired to do. This year I remembered to make more time for creating them before the holiday commission rush came in.
There were two themes that I came up with for this year. The first was wreaths hanging on a front door. I came up with this idea while searching for houses when we were getting ready to move to Montana. I love brightly colored doors especially when they are decorated for holidays. When we would look at houses I would envision how cute the house would look with a brightly colored door all decorated for Christmas. Since I currently get to live in a house with a boring white front door I decided to live vicariously though my paintings.
The second idea that came to my mind was Red cardinals. I love Cardinals and how striking their coloring is against the muted colors of winter. Red cardinals always make me think of winter time. Generally, its only male cardinals are shown in pictures because they are much more vibrant. However, I found their female counterparts to have beautiful coloring with tones of yellow and orange. This yearI decided to showcase the beauty of both.
These five paintings that I created will be available both prints and as Christmas cards with several options of sizes. This is my first time offering cards with a printed image of my artwork. They are printed on a smooth cardstock and turned out absolutely beautiful. The smooth paper allows the details of the painting to really be show cased. The cards come with white envelopes of the appropriate size.
Some of other new developments is the sizing available for the Giclee prints. I will be offering several of these new prints in square dimensions both 8×8 and 12×12″. The square dimensions will add more creativity for creating a holiday Gallery wall. I will post more on this later.
I hope you enjoy these new paintings as much as I do and that they help put you in the holiday spirit.