Weird Heroes Series
There's an odd satisfaction that comes along with creating character art -- possibly because there are endless ways to redesign our favorite characters in how we choose to interpret them, highlighting what we love most about them, and offering a new perspective of a familiar icon.
I believe the reason people find such a strong connection to these iconic characters is because of the many ways we can all relate to the dichotomy of always wanting to be the best we can be, while also learning to do the best we can to manage the darker side of ourselves.
Taking full advantage of the vivid color contrasts and strong outlines that are prominent aesthetics in the hero/comic/gamer world, I ✨might✨ have had a little too much fun "chibi*-fying" some of these characters!
*(chibi: "small/mini" in Japanese)
I saw an incredibly talented spray paint artist on YouTube one night when I was having trouble falling asleep and was so fascinated by the process that I HAD to try it because it looked like so much fun to create!
Turns out, it IS a lot of fun, and although it is a bit tricky to learn at first, it is much simpler than it looks to create beautiful imagery!
I must've watched hours of outer space related artwork and I loved how it looked so much that I created this piece after being so inspired by all the creativity I saw online.
This medium definitely requires a lot more tools than traditional painting, but I would absolutely recommend trying it at least once if you don't mind a little bit of a mess (and you have proper ventilation!) - the results are unpredictable at times, but that's what makes this medium so fun!
Musician: Jeff Kaale
Dancing in the Rain
Inspired by the freedom I was given to pursue my dream, this painting represents the beauty of finally being able to step out of the fear to express yourself freely.
Love truly is an amazing gift that we are all capable of giving to others, and this painting is my declaration of eternal gratitude to the person that held my hand through all of my trials to be where I am today.
Woman of Color
This is a recreation of a painting I taught for a Sip & Paint party in my first year as a paint instructor.
Starting out as a sketch artist/cartoonist, I stayed away from paint growing up because I didn't believe I was very good at it, but I eventually took the job as a paint instructor because I was tired of being intimidated by a medium I never gave an honest shot at learning.
To my surprise, once I learned a few basic techniques, when I applied my experience from all my years of doodling and sketching, painting came a lot more naturally than I thought it would!
This was my first "figure" painting and it was the first time I was able to "break through" that invisible wall I had built up in my head that I thought I couldn't climb over.
It was the start of many to follow, but I have this painting to thank for allowing me to overcome my fears as a paint instructor, as I was able to teach this painting successfully to other novices, who loved their results!!
Sailor Moon Series
Anime, comic books, and cartoons are art styles that have always captured my attention because of their use of bright colors and expressive features.
As a little girl, I was obsessed with Sailor Moon because I loved the idea that beauty comes from courage and the will to protect people through fighting for justice (and I absolutely LIVED for those transformation scenes!!).
When I started teaching paint lessons, my husband encouraged me to take my hobby and put it onto a canvas by painting in an anime style. It was a fun idea and a unique twist to the many creative art styles out there, so I gave it a try, and this series was born!
It was the birth of something magical, and ever since I took my first step onto this wonderfully unexpected path, this series has become very sentimental and special to me.