Are you seeing the colors yet, Ralph?

I’m a huge Stephen King fan. Enormous. I’ve been reading his books for longer than I haven’t, having picked up my first King book, It, when I was in seventh grade.  So I can’t believe I only recently read Insomnia.  The imagery in the book was so evocative and beautiful that I knew well before I was halfway through the book that I had to paint the auras.

Watercolor and acrylic on coldpress watercolor paper.

Massively Work, week… 7? I think.

Can’t believe I’ve been doing this for almost two whole months.

This week’s The Mog Log had me working with making my compositions a bit more busy:

And then A Mild-Mannered Reporter inspired me to look at ancient Doublemint ads:

This was my very favorite piece of Massively work, by far. I loved working with the textures and the line-lessness and the realism. Want to work in this style in a bit more!

Published in: on March 10, 2010 at 8:36 pm  Comments (4)  
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*frowns*

Feeling a bit down in the dumps lately.

I feel like my illustrations have gotten better and better, but I just don’t have the time to promote myself and get more work.  I know I need a portfolio site, but I just don’t have the damned time to get it up and running.

I suppose I’ll find the time over April vacation… which still feels like an eternity away.

Published in: on March 10, 2010 at 8:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Massively, Week 6

Here’s the newest for The Mog Log and A Mild-Mannered Reporter:

I really like this one… experimenting with total line-lessness and stippling for texture. Nice effect that people noticed. Very subdued and thoughtful… I’ll work that in for future subdued and thoughtful pieces. Yeah, like I’ll have any of those.

I just about freaked when people got the Persona 4 reference here. Yeah, All-Out Attack!

Massively, Week 5

Playing with a pretty warm color scheme for The Mog Log:

I always enjoy drawing people oblivious to destruction (from A Mild-Mannered Reporter):

Published in: on February 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Concept Art – Slug Love

I love slugs.  I also think they’re gross.  But adorable.

But gross.

Anyway, for those of you wondering why one of the slugs is blue, it’s because there is actually a blue slug.  It exists only in the Carpathian mountains.

Published in: on February 23, 2010 at 7:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Massively – Week 4

Here’s the latest work I’ve done for Massively!

Trying a bit more of the SRS COMIC BOOK LOOK forA Mild-Mannered Reporter (with the dash of humor I can’t live without):

And the work for The Mog Log. I really, really like this piece. I feel like the colors all just came together, and everything looks smooth and pretty.

Published in: on February 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Fake Logos 1: The Stop Lite Cafe

To practice my hand-lettering, I’m working on a series of fake business logos.  No vectors or fonts, just me, a pencil, brush and a ruler, kickin’ it old school.  The talented Eliot Lefebvre has been kind enough to provide me with copy regarding the prosperous fake business The Stop Life Cafe.

Founded in 1954 by Stanley Lauder, the Stop Lite Cafe was located at the intersection of two major streets in Middletown, CT. The cafe’s primary advertising gimmick was its sign, which cycled through the three colors of the light at regular intervals. Lauder, a veteran of World War 2, proudly advertised that his cafe would allow you to come in, get your food, and be out before the light changed.

Lauder did brisk business until 1963, when the advent of franchise fast-food joints began to impact his sales. Clever at advertising, he changed the cafe’s atmosphere to being one where you could stop and go back to a simpler time. The uniforms were slightly redesigned to look more archaic, and business remained steady even after Lauder passed away in 1979, giving control of the restaurant to his sons. Dwight, his younger son, had no interest in running the restaurant, preferring to run away to San Francisco and attempt a career in art until his death in a car accident in 1983. Ronald Lauder, the older brother, was the primary owner until 1987. Due to mounting financial costs and a steady drop-off in business, he sold the property to a development interest that demolished the old building and put in a small apartment complex.

-Eliot Lefebvre

Published in: on February 15, 2010 at 7:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Thar She Blows

My friend Anne, awesome buddy and mehndi artist extraordinaire, traded me some excellent henna for a book.  She and a friend are re-reading Moby-Dick and are going to pass a journal back and forth as they do so. So, I made her a Moby-Dick book and I am going to join in on the fun. I have never actually read any Melville, except for the time I had to read Billy Budd in high school, probably at gunpoint, and thought it was unintentionally hysterical. I have high hopes for Moby, though. At the very least it will earn me some literary karma, which I desperately need after reading not one but THREE Charlaine Harris books. Also, one time I think I accidentally read a Nora Roberts book. My excuse was that I had a 104.3 degree fever at the time.

Anyway, I think this came out pretty cute for a killer albino sperm whale:

These are the endleaves. My friend Meg convinced me to buy this cute little whale hole punch for the book, because it seemed wholly inappropriate for the theme. I concurred. Also, in this picture, you can see just how bad my dermatitis is.

Remember kiddos, if you like my handmade journals, I take commissions.  Email me at fienemanna@gmail.com and we’ll talk.  Just as a reminder too, I also take commissions for art, fanart, etc. etc.  I will not, however, come to your house and play the ukelele for your amusement.

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 9:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Massively Columns, Week 3

So I’m getting better and better at this. And continuing to have fun, although my writer keeps throwing me curve balls and things that I have no idea how to make an interesting illustration out of. I really like the way this week’s stuff turned out though.

The Mog Log:

A Mild-Mannered Reporter: