It Starts with a Seed

Happy 2018!

I'm just over here doing a crazy-looking happy dance to finally see the back of 2017. Not that a new year means everything will be less difficult or complicated or busy. I know that.

But it's good to have some sort of mental bookmark for turning over a new leaf--the start of a whole new year of possibilities.

Which brings me to my first series of 2018: Plants!

I've been using so much more gouache in my process lately, and as I look forward to all the big projects I have planned for this year (another Children's book illustration class for one!), figuring out how to fully incorporate the tradition paint side of things into my creative "vocabulary" if a high priority for me. I love how much more textured and lush mixed media of such drastically different kinds can be, and I want to really fold it into my existing style and see where it takes me.

So this month I'm focusing on plants of all different kinds, and trying them in lots of different ways to see what feels most natural.

 

PLUS I'm testing out a new kind of True Beauty Portrait!

You can watch some of the videos explaining below if you prefer, but the basic idea is that  although people love the concept of my True Beauty portraits (which are focused on capturing the beauty and particular traits of women in your life who don't see their own value), I don't think most women really wanted to put up images of themselves to look at--even if they were very kind and loving. 

So. The new idea is to start with her name, surround it with flowers and plants she likes, and include the same kinds of traits you love so much about her.  It's a less in-your-face way of giving her a compliment she is less likely to ignore, and a reminder she can enjoy everyday of who she really is and how you see her.

You can see my test version (using Hermione Granger from Harry Potter) below. I also thought they could be used with literary characters like Hermione, picking out traits we want to emulate. They'd be great for a little girls room, don't you think?

Comment below with your thoughts!

P.S. It would be cheaper than the original portrait version, AND with my new process, it would be an original piece of artwork!

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 My test version of the new True Beauty Portrait concept. I used some plants and flowers I thought Hermione would like (no freshly cut grass, but I got the idea in there with Rosemary ;), plus some of the traits that make her so special. This is just a prototype, so to speak, so let's just ignore the fact that it isn't centered, m'kay?

My test version of the new True Beauty Portrait concept. I used some plants and flowers I thought Hermione would like (no freshly cut grass, but I got the idea in there with Rosemary ;), plus some of the traits that make her so special. This is just a prototype, so to speak, so let's just ignore the fact that it isn't centered, m'kay?

 I got a little off-topic with this one, but I couldn't resist a doodle that turned into such fun curly hair! And there are plants there, so it counts...right?

I got a little off-topic with this one, but I couldn't resist a doodle that turned into such fun curly hair! And there are plants there, so it counts...right?

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