Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Confused Through the Looking Glass

I've had the idea for an Alice in Wonderland-ish themed paper doll. I've hacked away at her for a couple of years (to be honest, I was working on a life-encompassing thesis and education during that time). I wanted her to be in a style and aesthetic that I like. Some might call it Steampunk, some might call it Neo-Victorian. Whatever you call it, call her yours.
I'll be making her available on my etsy page in the next coming weeks as I produce them and order more brads.

I wanted to finish her before the Vancouver Urban Growers Market that I will be vending at as a introduction into some of my other styles of illustration.

Here are some process photos and a simplified version of the final.

Packaged and ready to assemble!

Rabbit sketch

In her early stages, I enlarged her and played with different colorings. 
Her mostly final version

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Harry Jack, the custom dog in a box

We purchased a short sale in January. Well, the process started in August of 2011, it finally closed in January. Shorter than most short sales, but it wasn't without it's emotional and mental tolls. Our real estate agent is a saint. She fought long and hard on our behalf. She really is a nice woman.

I figured it would be a nice gesture to gift her with some of my work. I'm not a big fan of drawing animals because I don't think that what I draw usually ends up looking like the animal I'm trying to draw. I want to make them "cartoony" but something in the back of my mind wants to make them as realistic as I can. So it usually becomes some sort of creative battle in my head.

Our agent and her husband are huge Harley Davidson enthusiasts, and they love their little dog (which I have to say is one of the cutest dogs I've ever seen, just don't tell my own pups). So I figured I would combine the things they love into a piece.

And this is what I came up with:

HJ Before he was inserted into his shadow box.
Closeup of HJ.

HJ in his shadow box.