Sunday, December 14, 2014

Let the games begin!

While Christmas is one of the best holidays for gift making, finding the actual time to do it with a demanding full-time job is hard. 

But, I shall do my best!

This will be an Alice in Wonderland themed gift for a special friend. It was originally meant to be a clock, but the parts that came along with it didn't work out so well. Therefore, I decided to make this into a "part 1" gift set, where the "part 2" mini clocks that will accompany this piece will be given in June on her birthday.

In the meantime, stay tuned for WIP pics!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Sketch Dailies #1: "Baymax"

A tribute to the Big Hero 6 movie!
 I Saw it on Friday and loved it.  For once, I didn't even mind it was opening night. I have a thing about crowds, and I tend to avoid them like the plague. But this particular crowd was alright. The kids behaved themselves and the parents seemed to enjoy the movie as much as they did. The scenery was amazing! The idea of a city called "San Fransokyo" was pretty nifty. I sure would like to live there.


This is a piece I did for Sketch Dailies. I quite enjoyed jumping into the fray without planning ahead for once. I'll be dabbling into Sketch_Dailies more often. It's a good place to do some quick sketches and warm up those creative juices.

Baymax Hugs, Mixed Media and Digital on watercolor paper.  © Jenny De La Torre. 2014
The story: Baymax saves a homeless kitten from the snow and promptly gives him some TLC. The kitten's name is Mello, as in Marshmallow, right?


Saturday, November 08, 2014

Soft Shells in Moonshine #2 & #3

And the madness continues! 
I finally finished these two Bethyl pieces.  I'm quite happy with the color choices, and of course I couldn't resist adding some glowing light ball thingies. 
(thank you, Corel Painter Lite!)

Here we have Mr. Daryl Dixon, looking good in his Anthony the Turtle costume. I like how the shell came out so shiny, it almost looks like it's made out of a gemstone or something. Or perhaps it's just a bit slimy. (lol)

Oh, and the wing detail! I didn't get a chance to really show this part of his costume in "Trick or Treat," so here you have it!


Soft Shells in Moonshine # 2:
Little Turtle Love Note, Mixed Media and Digital on watercolor paper.  © Jenny De La Torre. 2014

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Lo and behold! Beth in her squirrel costume...with a sheriff hat and boots?! 
Yup, your eyes do not deceive you. Even in this getup, Beth can still kick butt and look adorable while doing it. 

Soft Shells in Moonshine #3:

The New Sheriff in the ...Forest?, Mixed Media and Digital on watercolor paper.  © Jenny De La Torre. 2014

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Soft Shells in Moonshine ~ a Bethyl Mini Series

Following the plethora of positive reviews for my Halloween Bethyl piece "Trick or Treat!" -- I decided to begin a mini Bethyl series called  "Soft Shells in Moonshine" ~ which will feature Beth and Daryl in their squirrel and turtle costumes in all manner of comical adventures. Occasionally I'll throw in a cameo of other Walking Dead characters~ we shall see!

Below is a wip of my 2nd in the series:

Sunday, November 02, 2014

"Petite Chinook"

A commission piece from FB fan, Kayleigh Richards! It features her adorable daughter, blowing a kiss while sending three little Chinooks to the sky.

 This was a small watercolor piece (5.5in x 8in), tweaked a bit with Corel Painter Lite. As a bonus, I got to experiment creating bubbles with my paint program, and I've got to say--loving it! I want to thank fellow artist Apofiss for his Bubble Tutorial.  It took me a while to get the idea of his step by step process. Sadly, I'm self taught in the digital painting department so it's not as easy for me to paint in Corel as it is with a brush. Still, the learning process is fascinating and I admire Digital Artists more and more everyday. 

But does this mean I'll give up traditional art and be fully digital? Or in the words of Darth Vader, "Come to the dark side?"



 But it's nice (and useful) to be somewhat fluent with another medium, right? 


Petite Chinook, Mixed Media and Digital on paper.  © Jenny De La Torre. 2014

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Yup, this is the little model for the piece. Hmm, I guess I painted her a bit grown up in the picture      *nervous laughter* --  But the mom said she loved it, so cheers for that! 

Saturday, November 01, 2014

"Trick or Treat!"

Ran a little bit out of time, but better late than never. Here's the finished Halloween Bethyl illustration. As usual, I'm noticing my inclination for night scenes. Also, blues and purples for skies--can't seem to get away from those colors, lol. 

I made Daryl's shell with the signature winged design seen on his jacket. While drawing the feathers, I was strongly reminded of the good old days when I used to play Mario Bros, and I had to get past those pesky Koopa Troopa turtles. 
Now that I think about it, doing a Bethyl/video game crossover is not a bad idea. 

Adding to the list!


Trick or Treat, Mixed Media and Digital on paper.  © Jenny De La Torre. 2014


Here's a bit on the process. After the final drawing is done, I start out laying the color scheme with watercolors. I love, love, love! the "sketchy" look. I make sure to keep as much of my line work visible as possible. After the watercolors, I redo some of the line work, then work on the surface texture with Acryla gouache....

This photo doesn't do justice to the colors I slapped on for hours, but it's close enough. Only when the right "mood" has been achieved with my color choices, do I go in and touch up with Corel Painter Lite. Rather than rely on the software to alter the appearance of my painting, I make sure to stick to the original color concept and avoid touching my line work more than necessary.

And now, bed time.

G'night, folks!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Bethyl wip ~

After taking a poll on Tumblr and twitter, I asked fellow Walking Dead fans the following question: 

"A show of hands (or hearts)- who'd like to see me draw Beth and Daryl dressed up in a Squirrel and Turtle costume for Halloween?"

After a stream of positive responses, I present to you the  Halloween Bethyl WIP!

Daryl is just about done. I'll post the finished piece sometime later today.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

"Greene Sisters"

Walking Dead fan art of the Greene sisters ~ Beth and Maggie. 

These two have been through a lot since the beginning of season 2 when they are introduced into the story, and well past season 4 when they lost their father and circumstances forced them to separate from one another. 

I'm looking forward to seeing them back together again.


Greene Sisters, Watercolor and Digital on paper.  © Jenny De La Torre. 2014


For this piece, I used mechanical pencil, watercolors, colored pencils, white ink and I outlined some of it with Blue Col-Erase pencil.


Walking Dead Fan Art ~ WIP

 A Walking Dead WIP featuring the Greene Sisters ~ Beth and Maggie.  This was a special request by twitter fan @kreykytalk.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

"Star Shower"

Walking Dead Season 5 premiers tonight! 
And to commemorate this momentous occasion, I did this Bethyl piece to give you warm and fuzzy feelings. Yup, you got it, that's Daryl's poncho design on that umbrella. I hope AMC will take the hint and start making merchandise like this. So far I've made a blanket, a sweater and now an umbrella.

The possibilities are endless!


Star Shower, Watercolor and Digital on paper.  © Jenny De La Torre. 2014

WIP pics:

Sunday, October 05, 2014


Anila and Kapi off to an adventure!


Map, Mixed media on Watercolor paper & Digital.  © Jenny De La Torre. 2014

Saturday, October 04, 2014

"Not of this earth" show!

I arrived a bit late, but still managed to catch the crowd. The Bear & Bird Gallery was lively last night, with a gathering of alien fanatics!


Without further ado...

Of all the pieces in the show, this was my favorite one. Don't know why, but something about it just made me smile.


This space kitty was also pretty nifty. 

Yay! Here's my piece.

Of course, I couldn't end this post without a shot of this classic Alien shot. By far, the best alien in the movie industry. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014


A WIP of my character, Anila, and her noble steed, Kapi. I finally settled on suitable travelling clothes for her, equipped with little jaguars ears to complete the ensemble.

Looking forward to painting all the little details on Kapi's riding gear!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

"The Nest"

An adventurous Kis-Kis got more than he bargained for when he ventured into the nest of an alien bug queen. But, no sooner than he realized the danger he was in, the queen was no longer asleep and she was looming behind him…

My piece for the "Not of this Earth" show opening Friday, October 3rd.

The Nest, Mixed Media on Wood. © Jenny De La Torre. 2014

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

"My best friend is my cat"

Yup, title pretty much sums that up. 

Here's a pic of Norman Reedus, and his gorgeous cat, Eye in the Dark!

"My best friend is my cat" Mixed Media and Digital on Bristol Paper. © Jenny De La Torre. 2014

Monday, September 01, 2014

WIP ~ Progress...

A nest full of eggs...


So, space bunnies vs. cats will be placed on the back-burner for another day. 

This idea popped into my head and I couldn't resist sketching it out and see where it would take me. It features a giant alien insect queen, and a poor little Kis-Kis who stumbled into her nest during an adventure.