Cuddle up with a sea goddess tonight. My dramatic "Amphitrite" pillow is on Zazzle where you can customize the back with a special message for your favorite goddess. Click on the pillow to see product details.
I have to admit, I have a thing for pillows. Even better when I can see my designs come to life on them. I love Labs and thought I had rescued one from a shelter ten years ago when our dog was only two months old. When I brought her to the vet for her first check-up, he let me know, to my surprise, that we had an Ibezan Hound, not a Lab. Well, she turned out to be a Lab-Ibezan mix. And when those ears of hers stood up like bat wings at around 4 months of age, I knew for sure she wasn't a Lab. We're talking huge ears! So granted, she wasn't the Lab we wanted, but we fell in love with her. She's such a part of the family that I can't imagine our life without her. Oh, and click on the pillow. It will take you to my store. And you can also see the other products, too, while you're there. Thanks for visiting!
I love other artist's works in progress. I hope you feel the same as I do. Granted, I'm in my cute mode for my stores for Easter, but I will get onto some more "serious" art soon. I really love doing both. Here's what I had the chance to do today. This is a really detailed piece that really should have been done on smoother paper. Paper really dictates how the final art will look, along with your quality of chosen medium ( s ).
After the creation of the art, cleaning and adjusting in Photoshop, the art is ready to upload the the stores I have on the net. The fun one is Zazzle, even though there are many artists that frown upon net stores like that. I actually do pretty well on that site and find it rewarding to see the art on a myriad of products. Zazzle keeps adding to the product line which makes it that much more time consuming to create. I'm not one to use their "Quick Create" button that places the design on a hundred products. I carefully fit my art on products I feel the art looks best on. Quality is definitely better than a bunch of products with ill-fitting art. Click on the picture to see the new products that I've been creating with this design. Thanks for looking!
My dog loving friend's birthday was yesterday, so I quickly sketched this as an email card for her. I'm showing it here as a work in progress, but the final art is now completed. I'll finish it up in Photoshop and put it on my online stores. Links to the finished work to come. This has inspired me to do more art in the same theme. See you back here soon! Thanks for popping by. Always appreciated!
It's getting wild over at Zazzle with some new, fun, products to design on. My adorable cupid kitties and stylized girl with flowers and hearts are a sweet celebration of Valentine's Day. The nice thing is that the buyer can customize the product with a name making it the perfect gift for Valentine's Day that will send a message of love throughout the year. Hugs and kisses to you all. Thanks so much for popping by!
Click on either the pillow or card to be taken to my Zazzle store where more products with this art on it can be found.
I always feel behind the eight ball when it comes to designing for Christmas. Hopefully next year I can get my act together earlier! Here's my one of my latest holiday creations. Who doesn't love giving an adorable dog a little kiss for the holidays and everyday. Available on my Card Gnome store.
A few years ago a customer requested a Napa Valley Christmas card on Greeting Card Universe. This request was sent out to the artist community where many artists got busy designing for the requested card. I don't always jump in on these requests, but I chose to do so for this subject as my in-laws had a second home in Napa Valley and I felt I had the experience of the region that I could easily convey for the card. I quickly sketched out this scene with pastels on Canson's pastel paper. I think my quick sketches are sometimes loved more than the art I spend more time on. Maybe it's the feeling of spontaneity in a quick sketch that adds to the excitement and emotion. My Napa Valley themed Christmas cards continue to be a great seller on GCU. Click on the card to see more information. From there, you can click to my store. Thanks so much for your visit!
I'm an artist that loves to play around with different mediums. I feel it keeps your work fresh when presented with creating in a variety of mediums. It's an emotional endeavor as every material you create on along with varying the medium challenges your brain to create for that particular medium. I thrive on change, so I embrace the challenge. My latest illustration for my upcoming 2013 Christmas card, makes use of colored pencil and the fabulous Copic markers. Granted, they are a serious investment, but over the years of having experiences with all sort of brands of markers, I feel these are definitely worth the investment. I will post links soon of this art on a variety of products as well as a link to one of my card stores. I also continue to paint, with two easels up with works in progress. One may say I have art ADD, but I thrive with all these projects begging to be finished around me. It keeps me inspired!
Ask and you shall receive. Sometimes. And definitely this time. I needed to channel Klimt with his double easels in his studio back in the day, and expressed to my artist girlfriend how much I would love another easel. As fate may have it, her artist boyfriend finds a bunch of easels on a curbside that were being tossed. He grabs the best one, and brings it home. A little refurbishing and it's good to go. Not one bit of paint on it. New painting coming up.
Laura J. Holman
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