Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Special Delivery Part II

Yet another package arrived yesterday (thank you, UPS man!) from Gallery Nucleus. I'd been counting down the days for this particular piece, but I finally added to my collection one of my favorite illustrations (print, but I wish I had the original >___<) from fellow artist May Ann Licudine. 
You can read about this wonderful piece and the story behind it on her blog.

*sighs happily*
I love all shades of blue and magical dragons...



Sunday, April 28, 2013

Special Delivery!

The best part about coming home from a looong day at work (other than being home, ha ha!) is to find a special package on the counter made out just to you. In this case, my good friend Ashley sent me an envelope full of surprises which I ordered from her Etsy.
Wrapped in a snazzy package.

Enclosed in a plastic cover.

An original ACEO card, made with colored pencils (blue! <3) and micro pens. Beautiful color blending and line work.
This guy was my favorite of the bunch. Those soft green eyes and cute little blue scruff, how could I resist his charm!
 I'm glad no one had taken it from the shop yet.


I didn't order this. It came as an extra surprise, along with a coupon! >___<


Thank you, Ashley!



Saturday, April 27, 2013

Trip to Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery: Starter Art 2 show.

I went to the  gallery opening show at Tate's Comic Book Store and had a blast! A plethora of amazing talent decorated the walls, with each artist adding a personal touch of magic to the show. Among them was one of my favorite artists, Nicole Gustafsson. You can find her blog here.  I also found a piece (not part of this particular show, but still cool) from Filipino artist May Ann Licudine, a.k.a. MALL. You can find her blog here.

Nicole Gustafsson


Kim Laurenti

Art by May Ann Licudine, a.k.a. MALL
These are just a select few. For more pictures of the show, follow the link to my facebook page and check out the entire album!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Illustration Friday: "Train" ~ also, introducing Anila and the mischievous Kis-Kis.

It was a close call, but I finally managed to finish my piece for Illustration Friday's : Train. This topic was also a great opportunity to formally introduce my girl,  Anila. If you remember from this previous post, she is the brave traveler who wanders from one mysterious land to another in search of adventures.  Subsequently, she is also the original character of "Egg." I couldn't think of an appropriate name until a few nights ago (had an "aha!" moment again, but  I will leave the origin of her name for another day ^__^)
Kis-Kis Train, Mixed Media on Strathmore Colored Art Paper.
© Jenny De La Torre 2013
The little woodland creatures following Anila are called "Kis-Kis" [Pronounced like 'KEE' with an S]. They are modelled after my cat, Kisa. They look like a mesh of raccoon, barn owl, squirrel, cat and a bit of alien?

More on their origin will be revealed soon!
Of course, Kisa has a final say on the concept art.  





Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sketchbook Corner #10

Another set of preliminary sketches for my special little explorer. Once I have a design I'm happy with (yes, I'm picky ^__^;) I will reveal her name and story!

She  will carry this neat little staff around with her everywhere.

The stag will also be a reoccurring character in my illustrations. He's the reason my girl goes off to many adventures. Another being her very inquisitive nature.

Added a little color. ^___^

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

The Moon Room...

Okay, I admit it. I have a thing for moons. Just something about that glowing satellite orbiting the earth makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. As a result, I've been slowly creating a sort of shrine in my room. It started with one harmless little sun catcher, then spiralled out of control from there.
Enjoy the madness!

I love Old Time Pottery. You never know what magical things you're going to buy next.

This thing is literally called "Moon in my Room." It's a battery operated device that you can hang on your wall, press a button and watch all the phases of the moon from the comfort of your own bedroom.


And this is hanging right above my art table.


  On a side note...
As I mentioned in this post , "Family Tree" (print) was given a snazzy frame and delivered to its new home.
*tears up*
You will be missed!