October 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
September 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
While I was sitting here tonight listening to Clam Casino’s “Numb” for the bazillionth time this week, I thought “Hey you, I wonder if everyone else is as weird as you…obsessive with songs to the point of madness. What DO people listen to for their artistic inspiration?” I know for me without music there’s absolutely nothing going on inside my brain artistically and I stare at the paper blankly. And for some reason my soul likes the darker, droning type of stuff to really get into the mood. Something etherial with a beat, other worldly, something that makes me feel like I could close my eyes and fly out into the night sky and into a dream, and kick butt while doing it…you know, silly romantic stuff like that. Ha.
Thought maybe you all would like a small playlist of my favorites. My husband is really into post rock, which I love, but can’t focus on anything while listening to it. I’d love to hear what you’re listening to, too. That melody or music that just GETS you. Ya know?
Clams Casino – “Numb”
[fan-made video contains some disturbing images, but some really awesome ones from The Fountain as well]
White Lies – “Death” (Chase & Status Remix Re-edit)
[Turn it up for a good drop at minute 1:10]
Birthday Massacre – “Leaving Tonight”
[Long-time favorite band. Get to see them this November! Yay]
The Engine Room – “A Perfect Lie”
[Like “Numb”, this is another great drone song. Listen to it over and over and over and over…. The song kicks into high gear at 2:06. Gotta turn this one all the way up too]
Monoral – “Kiri”
[From the anime Ergo Proxy. Can you believe this is a Japanese band? Yeah, me either]
August 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
Wow…can I say I’m a little tired? This has been one of the most productive and rewarding months of my life!
If you read my blog you know I’ve been getting ready for Dragon Con (which starts in FOUR days!). I am stoked. The artwork is all labeled and wired for hanging, the prints are all printed and tucked into their plastic covers, new business cards are made and hand cut (custom size), a new website is up and running (and can I say WOW it looks amazing! Thanks themeforest.com), a new Etsy store is up with new product…and I’ll stop here. This is what I want to focus on!
I’m branching out into plushies, stationery, and accessories alongside the paintings and prints. While uploading content to the store tonight, a plushy sale was already made. How exciting! I’ve noticed the cute stuff has been getting a lot of attention from personal friends and acquaintances, so I will have to start incorporating my cute little monster creatures back into the mix alongside the kawaii stuff already in there. The little vampire balls with wings etc are coming soon!
Here are a few of the new plushies!
And here are a few of the new paintings digitally retouched for prints!
As well as some older requested prints!
And more! I will do my best to add new product every week, so it’s very important to follow my blog!
ETSY STORE www.etsy.com/shop/FairRabbit
If you’re in the Atlanta area this weekend come by Artist Alley at Dragon Con. Get some prints at a reduced price and check out the original artwork up close and personal!
So excited for all the new things! Thanks for the encouragement through the years and staying with me. It has meant the world.
Fair Rabbit <3
May 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
Hey guys! :)
I’m going to take you through my new process, showing you what tools I use and how I utilize them. Remember this is the first time using the liquid acrylic so the end result is a bit bolder looking than some of my earlier stuff.
Ok let’s get started.
Get your studio clean and comfortable. You’re going to need space.
Gather your tools.
Here is my Epson GT-20000 Document Scanner. It has a scannable area of 11.7 x 17 inches. I found mine refurbished on Amazon for around $1,000. Best investment in my studio hands down. Look around for really good deals, and if you’re going to be working on small pieces you can get a smaller scanner which will save you a LOT of money.
I got the black stand at OfficeMax for $7. I think it was meant for laptops, but, it works.
And there you can see my supply of wood plaques. You can find these sizes at Hobby Lobby for pretty cheap. Most of them are in the $2-4 price range.
If you’re going to be working at night, I recommend getting a lamp that imitates sunlight. I got my OttLite at Michaels. Original price was about $100 but they always have 40%-off-one-item coupons. There’s also smaller versions which come with a smaller price tag.
This is an Artograph art projector. I found mine at Michaels and again used a 40% off coupon to help in the costs. This version didn’t come with a stand that could point it towards the ground, so I made my own using foam board, an x-acto, and tape. You’ll see it later in the tutorial.
You’ll need a printer. A cheap-0 one is fine. Just don’t get this one (Epson xp-600). Seriously, it’s a piece of crap. It will cost more than your rent in ink…hence it’s going to meet the trash very soon.
You’ll need very fine grit sandpaper to sand the bumps out of your wood plaques. I use #320 size which makes the wood super soft and smooth to the touch.
Get a sealer for your work for when it’s finished. I use polyurethane since I’m working with wood. I found it at the Home Depot near their paint section. Use a foam brush to apply it. It’s easier than worrying about hairs falling out of a brush and getting stuck in the painting.
You’ll also need a cup for water, any paint brushes you’re comfortable with, paper towels, a pencil sharpener, a graphite pencil, erasers, and a sketchbook.
Here are the color pencils. I only use Prismacolor brand because they can retain a great sharp point, are super smooth, and have a lot of pigment. Make sure to get a good pencil sharpener or the lead will tend to break a lot. I actually ended up throwing the sharpener away that’s in the previous image because it did just that. Also, don’t worry about having a lot of colors. Pick a few that you like to start out with because these can get expensive and the pencils are just an accent for the paint. The paint will be your main attraction.
And lastly, you will need some paint. I picked these up at Michael’s craft store as well. They are Americana Acrylic Paint and they come in a TON of colors. They’ll only set you back about $1.30 each so it’s easy to get a good amount on your first trip to the store. There are a few other brands for around the same price, but I haven’t tried them.
Make a sketch.
Scan it in.
Get it lookin’ good…and all set up and stuff.
Take it into Photoshop to darken the lines. This will make it far easier to see when it’s being projected onto your wood. If you don’t own Photoshop you can use a free online version at https://pixlr.com/editor/
Print different sizes of your image for the projector. The projector can make the image only so big or small before it blurs. I’ve noticed around the 3 inch size works best for my wood plaques (that’s the smallest one on the sheet above). Also, don’t worry about the green color. Black works best, my (piece ‘o crap) printer was just acting up.
A hole is cut out of the top, just big enough for the lense of the projector to fit through.
Turn off the lights and cover any windows. Place the projector through the stand’s hole and turn it on. Position your wood plaque (or whatever surface you’re using) under it and move it so the image sits where you want it to.
Sketch the projection on to your surface. Be very careful you don’t bump your desk or the projector stand. You don’t want the image moving around.
When using liquid acrylic use water VERY SPARINGLY. Really the only part I added a lot of water for was the “ghosting” fade in the eye color. It’s very easy to create gradients by having similar colors next to each other on your palette and dabbing a little into each other. You don’t really have to mix them. Just dab a bit more of the more dominant color onto your brush as you go.
Add color pencil.
I didn’t realize I didn’t have any tans or light fleshy colors so I had to use gray for the shadows. It ended up giving the face a very cold temperature. It wasn’t what I was originally going for but I think it made for an interesting juxtaposition with the warmer colors of the rose and lips and really made them pop. You can also start adding highlights and outlines to your edges.
And to finish it off I added a light pink overall to the face to lighten the weight of the gray. Some details were added into the irises and I gave the inside edges of her eyes some color and definition to help it look more realistic. Some pink was also added to highlight the horns to help tie it into the rest of the piece. And voila, it’s done!
I hope this was helpful. I always enjoy seeing the process other artists have and what they use to make their artwork, so I thought it’d be neat to make another one of these. If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comment area below. Thanks!
If you want to see my oil paint tutorial, click here:
May 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
The boyfriend and I have been pretty chill as of late. The last few months have been lots of television watching and internet article reading. Also finished a 1,500 page book, so that was nice. ;)
I have been wanting a way to be even more lazy in the tub (where I spend a good 25% of my time lol). So I went to Michael’s Crafts and picked up a finger painting tray ($3) and a foam slab ($7) and used it to make an awesome floaty desk for my Mac Air. Yeaaaaahhhh. Writing from the tub as we speak. *maximum relaxation mode achieved*
But anyway, so the boyfriend is getting back into sculpting and painting miniatures for Warhammer and that in turn is getting me back into the painting mood. I’m about to enter a geeky video game/comic based art contest on FB which I think will fit my style nicely. I’m pretty fired up!
Will upload the finished piece hopefully in the next week or so.
December 5, 2011 § 3 Comments
I’ve really gotten into thrifting lately. After the Toy Division show a few days ago I went to Goodwill to look for stuff to paint on. To my absolute astonishment, I came across this beauty.It’s a child-sized Barbie grand piano! That WORKS. Sure the legs were broken off and there was no stool with it, but it was only $10. Used, these things go for over $250 on ebay. Sheesh. Talk about a great deal.
I also found seven super cute purses. They’re priced at $4.95 each but three were half off for only $2.50 today. These will make super cute, wearable art (I’ll paint something simple on them and sell for under $100).If you go craft supply shopping, USE COUPONS. I found an Aaron’s Brothers art store and the first thing I see when I walk in is a huge display of packaged canvases. I got a 10-pack of 8″x10″ canvases, using a 50% off one item coupon, WITH tax, for only $13 something. O_OIf you shop smart, you can find tons of cool stuff for your art supplies. If you dig through crap long enough, you’re bound to find some crazy awesome stuff of your own.
November 21, 2011 § 9 Comments
Over a year ago I was studying to be a tattoo artist. I mopped the floors, scrubbed ink out of tubes, sanitized needles, traced artwork, set up stations, and studied the machines and techniques constantly. And before they let me start learning the trade, they let me go. They said I was too quiet and shy to work there, even though my drawing skills were far superior to even their best artist. I felt used. Betrayed. That was two months of non-paid work time wasted (that I had to scrounge for because I had another job in order to live at the same time and lived an hour away). They took on a girl after me who did work equivalent to what I was doing in 10th grade. *forehead slap* And because she was loud and had a nasty mouth, they began teaching her the good stuff after only working there for two weeks. It really disheartened me.
I even found another “master” in the Atlanta area who was willing to teach me, which I found out was because he thought I was cute. Boy was this guy a piece of work. After meeting with him he said the art of tattooing was more than physical. It was emotional, spiritual, it was everything. He said if I became his intern, I WOULD end up falling in love with him. It was inevitable, nothing I could do, because I would be spending so much time with him. I would learn life, dancing, the art of speaking. Holy shiz. I high-tailed it out of there.
I was frustrated beyond belief and done with the whole tattooing dream. These people were crazy. But like every thing else in my life, looking back, it was for the best. I struggled for six months to make ends meet, working at Papa Johns as a delivery girl and making only $800 a month after gas, and then at a t-shirt screen printing shop as an illustrator. I found out later he had been paying me under the table…shaaaaddyyyyy. He had given me my check one Friday and said he was letting me go because he wasn’t doing enough business and couldn’t afford to pay me. No fore-warning. Nothing. No wonder other employees had up-and-quit or constantly complained about this guy being an a-hole.
So I became super depressed and terrified. This economy was awful, and I couldn’t find another job that paid enough to pay my $1k a month student loan bills, as well as apartment and other living expenses. My dad was threatening to bring me home to Virginia, which I did NOT want to do. I had a life here, friends, a cool city to hang out in, and Virginia was all government jobs, traffic, and crappy concerts. Not the life I wanted.
I spent the entire month applying for jobs. Even Kroger wouldn’t hire me. I sent in something like over 400 applications and felt exhausted and thought I was failing at life. Then I took a chance and looked on craigslist, which I thought by now was just a bunch of scams. But it couldn’t hurt. There was a small ad for a part-time illustration job for a toy company in my city. I spent the night putting together a small digital portfolio and sent them a link to my paintings as well. I figured they’d get a ton of apps because it was a cool sounding art job. Nope. They called me the next morning to set up an interview. I went in, and later that day they called back and hired me! A month into the job, the owner I guess liked my work enough that he hired me full time. :D
And that’s why I always look at things happening for a reason. Struggling through all that bad stuff led me to a path that gave me everything I ever wanted and needed. I stayed in Atlanta with my best friends, got a (cool) well-paying job, a nice condo, and met the love of my life all in less than a year.
Have you ever struggled with something that eventually led to something wonderful happening?