Wednesday, March 29, 2006

ACEO #37 - a weird shoe ?

Title: Untitled (for now)
Medium: Prismacolor colored pencils & ink
Paper: 100lb Smooth bristol
Size: 2.5" x 3.5"

Here are some WIP (work in progress) pics of my latest ACEO (2.5"x3.5" artwork.)  This ACEO was done in Prismacolor colored pencil & ink, and features a clear platform shoe with water inside.

1. I sketched everything lightly in pencil first, then inked the outlines.


2. I started coloring in the water with different shades of blue


3. I added color to the mermaid & clown fish, along with some shadows in the bottom of the water to add more depth.


4. I colored the sole of the shoe black. The shoe strap seemed like it would be more interesting if it were clear, so I let the black sole run through the strap area, giving the strap a transparent look.  I also added some light shading to the strap & the heel.


5. I added shadows & lightened some areas throughout the piece to give it more depth.  I also added a "floor".  The scribbles you see around the edge of the paper are from me cleaning the tips of my pencils. I do this to get rid of bits of wax accumulated from other colors while blending.


Here's the finished piece:


The mermaid's face is approximately 4mm long and it was done with pencils that have very sharp tips. When adding the lips & nose I only touched the paper lightly with my pencil tips get the finest lines possible.


Sunday, March 19, 2006

ACEO #35 - "Telekinetic Kitty"

Telekinetic Kitty - 2.5"x3.5", Prismacolor colored pencils and a little ink.

This artwork was created for "ACEO Theme Week", a fun monthly event that promotes ACEOs on eBay. ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions & Originals. An ACEO is basically any artwork that is 2.5"x3.5" in size. The "ACEO Theme Week" event starts on the 18th of each month, and artists from around the world participate, listing their themed ACEOs starting at just 99cents. Our theme this month is "Green" so I drew a green telekinetic kitty with a floating lotus. The kitty has colorful flower & butterfly designs on it's body and a peaceful little smile on it's face.

Thanks for looking:) Jane

Thursday, March 16, 2006

ACEO #34 - "Eve"

The story of "Adam & Eve" always seemed a little dark and strange to me...

This was done using Prismacolor colored pencils & a little ink - 2.5" x 3.5" (ACEO size)


This ACEO features Eve with a plump stomach sitting against a very important tree. She is feeling a little guilty for eating the forbidden fruit. The tree has a strange skeleton in it, with a rib extending towards Eve & skull-shaped fruit. The serpent in the tree tries to look Eve in the eye to show that he's proud of her.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Illustration Friday: Tattoo

What a great Illustration Friday topic...I love tattoos! Here is a kitty I did with Japanese style tats. She was sold to an award-winning tattoo artist last year.

"Tattooed Kitty" - 2.5" x 3.5" (ACEO Size)
Prismacolor Colored Pencils & Ink

The Japanese symbol on the moon says "beauty". Thanks for lookin'

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Illustration Friday: Insect 2

Here's some more insects - they are from last year:

"Metamorphosis" - 2"x3.5" ATC2. Prismacolor Colored Pencils & Ink.
This was my first ATC2, it's a Day of the Dead Butterfly. Her wings are made of boney hands and she casts a heart-shaped shadow. She now resides in the UK. :)

"Pink Scorpio" - 2"x2" ATC2. Prismacolor Colored Pencils & Ink.
This was the first in a series of 3 Scorpio ATC2s I did last year. A sweet woman gave this as a gift to her first granddaughter.

Click here if you wanna see my other Illustration Friday Insect thingie. Thanks for stoppin' by :)

Monday, March 06, 2006

ACEO #33 - "Rain Dance"

This little piggy is dancing for charity...

There is a wonderful little organization called "DARE" (Dachshund Adoption Rescue & Education) that helps dachshunds in need...I love doggy is half doxie - so I'm donating a portion of this sale to DARE. If you're interested in learning more about this charity or making a donation, please visit Or search ebay for "A4C DRAC" to see charity auctions for DARE. Thanks :)

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Illustration Friday: Insect

Untitled 8"x10"
This is a pointillism spider face girl I did when I was a teen. I used to draw lots of faces that are half "normal" and half "weird". Guess which side is which...hehe

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Illustration Friday: Tea

I've been working on a new series of ACEOs (2.5"x3.5" artwork) called the "TEA SERIES". This series will feature ACEOs that are drawn in ink & colored with different types of tea. These drawings are highly detailed & very time consuming. They are full of symbolism...if you take a good look you will see things that other's might not see...

This is the first in the series, I did a few days ago:

"In the Garden"
Two birds look at mysterious things in the bottom of a garden pond.

This is the 2nd in the series,

"The Story of Eve"
Eve was told not to eat fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good & evil, but she did it anyway...and for that she suffered pain, learned what "shame" is, & eventually died.
Thanks for lookin' :)