Sunday, September 15, 2013

Graphic Novel Logo

A while after making that cover for a potential graphic novel, I decided that the title logo looked... awful... and decided to make a better one in Illustrator. So here it is.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Graphic Novel Cover

Something I've dreamed of doing for quite some time is my own graphic novel. Even though the story and characters this one have quite a bit of developing to do before I'm ready for a cover image, it was good practice. Done in Paint Tool SAI.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Caricatures 2

These three were commissions, all from the same client. They are of her relatives and were purchased as gifts. The third one is based on a deliberately cheesy Christmas card that her sister and brother-in-law sent of themselves and their three pets with matching turtle necks.

Crime and Punishment Painting

One of my better paintings from Advanced. It's meant to represent a classic novel, but also be apparent to the viewer whether they've read it or not. I think it works as both an illustration and a painting. Oil on 18"x24" canvas.

Portrait - Frida Kahlo

This was my final assignment for Advanced Painting. Frida Kahlo has been a great influence on me, especially my last few years at art school. Finishing my art school career with her seemed fitting. Oil paint on 18"x24" canvas.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Freelance Commission Prices!

Now that things are calming down and I've successfully relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma, I think it's time to officially open for business!

I offer quality artworks at what I believe to be fair prices, and those prices vary based on complexity and medium used. The rest of the blog's entries show great examples of my work.


 Base Price: $10, includes color and shipping
 Additional Characters: +$5 each, up to 5 characters per image

Character Drawings
 Base Price: $10 for a bust sketch, $20 for full-body, uncolored sketch
   Additional sketched characters: +$5, limit 3 per sketch
 Inked: $25 for full-body, inked drawing
  Additional inked characters: +$5, limit 3 per drawing
Colored: $35 for digitally colored full-body drawing, traditional coloring is currently not offered.
 Additional colored characters: +$10 each
Backgrounds are negotiable
You are not required to have these drawings shipped to you. If you simply want a high-res scan of your drawing, that is fine.

Character Designing
Because this is a process that requires a lot of experimentation and time to achieve the perfect result, this will be a contract job. It will be negotiated privately, but I expect to earn at least $10.00/hour doing this sort of work.

 These are dependent mainly on what media you choose for the finished product to be in. At the moment the options are digital, traditional on paper using artist-grade markers and colored pencils, and traditional on canvas using oil paints.
 Digital: Starts at $50, full color including background, at 8.5"X 11" and goes up based on size
 Traditional Oil Paint on Canvas: Starts at $120, full color including background, at 18"X 24" and goes up based on size. Please note that I DO NOT include frames. The client must have the piece framed themselves.

Shipping depends on the piece. Clients in the Tulsa area receive free shipping on all purchases excluding paintings!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Some Printmaking

I will be honest and say that Printmaking is very near to the bottom of artistic mediums that I enjoy, but since I have the technical knowledge and have done some successful pieces, I felt it best to show some of them from this last semester. I'll describe them each below.
"Subliminal" - stone lithography

"Tell Me I'm Pretty", Multi-matrix with Polyester Lithography and Copper Plate Intaglio

"Come On, Get Happy", Copper Plate Intaglio

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Character Rotation - Bit

Character rotations are a fascinating part of the design process, especially when one of the views requires leaving out the character's arm. They're also challenging, but in an enjoyable.

This is a character I created quite a while ago, and though it's not apparent here she's half alien and half human. She goes by "Bit" and works as a mechanic. If this was in color she'd have purple skin and poppy red hair.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Caricatures: Set 1

These were done on my own time to experiment with a different style. They are, respectively, a self-portrait, my aunt's lovably goofy Persian, and a toddler who was screaming in the grocery store.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Portrait - William

This is an assignment from Intermediate Painting in 2012 of my friends' son William. I did it as a Christmas gift and also to practice with portraits.

Environment Design - Futuristic Living Quarters

This was not an assignment but something I did independently to try and expand my capabilities. I'm in the process of writing a futuristic science fiction novel and decided to design the tight living space of one of the main characters. The top two are basic, showing what an empty unit looks like. The bottom is her unit with her personal touch.

The photo in the window is another drawing of mine, and the pattern on the panel under the bed came from here.

Britney Spears Political Cartoon

This was an assignment for Illustration I. Political cartoons aren't exactly my idea of a good time, but they're do-able. This was back in (I believe) 2006 or 2007 when Britney was the talk of the tabloids. I suppose it's more "entertainment" than "politics", but I'm not touching the latter with a ten-foot pole.

Watership Down Painting

For my Advanced Painting class (which finishes this semester) I wanted to take a more illustrative approach and try for some pieces that either blatantly or subtly hinted at works of fiction.

One of my favorite books is "Watership Down" by Richard Adams. I used a photo of the actual Downs for a loose reference for the background, and then added what could easily be the main character, Hazel, as the subject. I feel that the background is just real enough to get the point across, but also imagined enough to look like something for a children's book.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Story Board

My favorite assignment from Illustration II was the story board. I felt like I was born to do this and the instructor could tell.

We were given a list of (rather corny) jokes to choose from and then selected one to present in story board form. The one I chose was about a doctor who met with a heart transplant patient.

The doctor gave him a list of options that consisted of a young athlete, a middle-aged office employee, and a lawyer. The patient chose the lawyer's heart. The operation was a success and when the doctor asked why he'd chosen the lawyer, the patient answered that he wanted the heart that had been used the least.

Sci-Fi Anthology Cover

This was another Illustration II assignment that I really enjoyed. We took a reference image and from that created an illustration that could be the cover of a Science Fiction anthology. This was done with graphite, copied onto special paper, and then painted in using watercolors.

Costume Designs

Sometimes I dabble in things that I haven't taken a class for. I'm fascinated by costume design and so decided to try a few of my own. I drew a basic female form, and then digitally added the clothing, patterns, and colors. The top one is my favorite. I used illustrator to create the pattern on the dress.

Captain Ralph - Character Expression Sheet

Back in 2007 I took Illustration II. One of our assignments was a character head turn and expression sheet. I absolutely loved it. Captain Ralph here was abducted by a time-travelling restaurant manager who wanted an authentic mascot for his sea food chain.

Welcome to My Profile Blog!

Greetings! My name is Elizabeth and I am a student at the University of Idaho who is very close to earner her Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in painting. I will be finishing my degree online and in the meantime I plan to find work in the industry I love - animation!

While I don't consider myself an animator, my passion is the creation and design of the characters and the creation of their story. I have confidence in my ability to design lovable characters and to draw out the story boards that start the process of giving them life.

I have been watching cartoons and been influence to draw by them since I was very young. I continue drawing and watching to this day and I will never outgrow them. Cartoons have a special universality that no other art form can claim.

Some of my favorite cartoon shows and animated films are:

  • Lilo and Stitch
  • Beauty and the Beast (gotta love Glen Keane!)
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Tangled
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Cinderella
  • Ed, Edd, n' Eddy
  • Classic Mickey mouse shorts
  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • Mighty Ducks; the Animated Series
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
  • Samurai Jack
  • Disney's Bonkers

I live in the inland Northwest of the United States, which will always be "home" to me. I would, however, be more than willing to work long-distance and pay occasional visits to my employer if they happen to not be in the immediate area.

I am open for freelance commissions and permanent positions. Thanks for looking at my porftolio and I hope you like what you see!