Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Draw With Me



I found this a long time ago, while surfing through youtube. Just thought I'd share. The story is quite sad.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What does Middle-of-Nowhere, Colombia look like?


Taking a break from drawing today, I wanted to show you what I see in Middle-of-Nowhere. Well, okay, it's not really middle of nowhere. I'm sure it has its proper location on the map (if you know where to find it), but it's a very, very small town. I live in a ranch (farm, whatever) called Villa Milena.  Above you can see the vineyard, a vegetable garden on the left, the road that leads to the main gate, and a small kiosk all the way on the far right. It's next to a small pond where the ducks live, but the photo doesn't show.


If you sneak up to the second floor, from my parent's balcony you can see this! On a very bright, clear day the mountains show more color and you can even see small houses from where we live. At night, houses illuminate the mountain making it look like a resting place for fireflies.


Just another view. On the far left, you can see the chicken house.



That little house in the far distance are the bathrooms for guests O__ o.  Beyond that, it's a jungle out there. 



...and this is my house! It took about four months to build, but they're still not done. Most importantly, we are lacking a front door! Luckily, it's pretty safe around where we live and we've gotten used to it, honestly. I would still like a front door, though. It gets super chilly at night. Also, try watching a scary movie with a void looming behind you. >_<


a view of the house from the chicken coop.



after my morning chores, I go hunting for these.



...and these are the kind of creatures that fly into your house when you don't have a front door -__- We've gotten toads, bats, giant butterflies, a small snake in my room once (but the cats took care of it.). No scorpions, though, so yay for us!


My room and art table. Messy, but everything has its place >_<


The house dogs, Yuki (to the left) and Haru (on the right). They're sniffing about a dozen eggs I found in the hen house. On a side note, Haru is Yuki's son. She only had one litter-- four girls and a boy-- so we kept him. And, yes, I have a thing for Japanese names.



...and these are my darlings: Kiba (the gray one) and Noa. I brought Noa with me from the U.S. about a year ago and Kiba I found abandoned inside a sack also a year ago, a month after I moved here. Noa was not very pleased with me when I came home with him, but he eventually grew on her.


Kiba. Mischief is his middle name.

Animal count at Villa Milena: 4 dogs, 2 cats, 20 chicks, 5 hens, 1 rooster, 2 ducks, 1 cow, 1 horse and a hamster.

Monday, September 19, 2011

"Pumpkin Quartet"



Pumpkin Quartet (in progress), Pencil on watercolor paper, © Jenny De La Torre 2011
 


Pumpkin Quartet,  Watercolor and Prismacolor pencils on watercolor paper, © Jenny De La Torre 2011

Apprentice Witch Halloween card #4 was made especially for my dad, whom I haven't seen in quite a few years. He lives in New Jersey with my younger half sisters, Melissa and Paola. Together with Jessica and I, we make up the Pumpkin Quartet! Weirdly enough, we're all four years apart.

(Top Left: Paola; Top Right: Melissa; Bottom Left: Me; Bottom Right: Jessica)




For you, Pops.

"Sisters"





Sisters (in progress), Watercolor on watercolor paper © Jenny De La Torre 2011

It's my sister's birthday tomorrow! Though this third Witch Apprentice card was intended for Halloween, I wanted to go ahead and surprise Jessy. The idea behind this piece was a sleepover kind of setting, with the eldest, more experienced witch showing her little sister a simple summoning spell. 

(Sigh, I wish I had those bed covers! >_<)


As the eldest, this character's hair was modelled after Jessy's awesome curls.


Sisters (in progress), Watercolor on watercolor paper © Jenny De La Torre 2011
  

...while this character's hair is like mine--short and straight.
Sisters (in progress), Watercolor on watercolor paper © Jenny De La Torre 2011


  ** Happy Birthday, Jessica!**
                                                                                   
 

Sisters, Watercolor and Prismacolor on watercolor paper © Jenny De La Torre 2011




From your Little Sis. ^_^

Sunday, September 18, 2011

"Spell Book"



Spell Book (in progress), Watercolor on paper, © Jenny De La Torre 2011

Sadly deprived of my scanner for who knows how long, I've resorted to trusty digital photos. This is the second Witch Apprentice card-in-progress.



Spell Book (in progress), Watercolor on paper, © Jenny De La Torre 2011
  

While "Jar" features a more outdoorsy witch, this one prefers the comfort of spell books and lighting her candles the old fashioned way--by summoning a miniature phoenix! 

Spell Book (in progress), Watercolor on paper, © Jenny De La Torre 2011

...just a little more color.

Spell Book (in progress), Watercolor on paper, © Jenny De La Torre 2011

...and here is the final piece!

Spell Book, Watercolors, Prismacolor and Ink on watercolor paper, © Jenny De La Torre 2011




Spell Book (detail), Watercolors, Prismacolor and Ink on watercolor paper, © Jenny De La Torre 2011




Friday, September 16, 2011

"For You"

For You, Watercolor and Ink on Watercolor paper, © Jenny De La Torre 2011


It was my cousin's birthday, so my grandma asked me to make a card for her to give to the birthday boy. I made several, actually, but this one was by far my favorite.








Thursday, September 15, 2011

"Egg"

Egg, Watercolor and Ink on Watercolor paper, © Jenny De La Torre 2011







Egg (detail), Watercolor and Ink on Watercolor paper, © Jenny De La Torre 2011
What's inside the glowing egg...?


The sketch for this was done during one of my retail jobs last year. I drew it on the back of a comment card, to my manager's annoyance ^__^. I liked it so much, I decided to make a final piece once I got home. There's also a story-in-progress behind it, inspired by the song Fly Away from Here by Aerosmith.


Update!!

I did a digital touch up of this piece here!

"Jar"


One of six in a Halloween greeting card collection for a group of special people. These follow the daily/nightly routines of apprentice witches, accompanied by their faithful familiars.



Jar, Watercolor and Prismacolor pencils on Watercolor paper.
© Jenny De La Torre 2011

     


Jar (detail), Watercolor and Prismacolor pencils on Watercolor paper.
© Jenny De La Torre 2011
                                                                             

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As my first post ever (EVER!), I'd like to dedicate this piece to you--the viewer. Whoever you are, thank you for scrolling through this humble blog and taking the time to glimpse into my world.  ^___^