Painted Lyrics

Desktop Calendar {February}

Here in Wisconsin it is just after 11pm on Februrary 1, which means I'm getting this February desktop calendar in just in the nick of time. Whew!

This one was inspired by The Black Keys' song, "Howlin' For You".

Howlin' For You by The Black Keys on Grooveshark

I thought it was somewhat appropriate for February, being the month of Love and all!

Plus, it gave me an excuse to draw a different animal and environment.

You can click on the above image and save it to your computer, or you can also find it here.

Happy Februrary!

Painted Lyrics {Brunettes}

Okay, so I'm realizing that painting with gouache is MUCH harder than I thought. 

When I was in college and painting with watercolor, I always disliked it because of the transparency and overlapping brushstrokes. Sometimes there were really pretty effects that were created, but I didn't know how to control them. And the lack of opacity meant so much PLANNING - if you wanted white, you better get that figured out before you paint over it and lose that white space forever. In retrospect, I probably didn't give it enough of a chance, since I gave it up as soon as the watercolor section was over and we moved onto another medium.

Anyways, now that I am attempting this gouache thing, I'm finding a lot of the same issues cropping up. It's slightly more opaque, but all of those overlapping issues are still happening. Ugh! This is why I usually color my illustrations digitally, so I can get a nice flat wash of color. Maybe I'm mixing in too much water?

I should probably stop whining - this is why I'm practicing, right? 

This painting is inspired by the song "If You Were Alien" by Brunettes.

If You Were Alien (Album) by Brunettes on Grooveshark

It's such a cute song! It was fun imagining Stephen and I as aliens. And now that I'm finished and looking at it, Stephen's alien outfit reminds me of the Whos in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Little the antennae! Hehe. It makes me laugh.

Oh - and if you get a chance, you should check out this video compilation of the Etsy Plush Team in 2011 - are we a fabulous bunch or what?

Have a great weekend,

Painted Lyrics {Zero 7}


A couple years ago I picked up a nice set of gouache paints to give me another option for coloring my illustrations. I practiced with a few paintings, but I haven't touched them since. Since I've been spending so much of my time graphic-designing, I have really been itching do do something more with my hands. So I decided to break out the paints again. 

I'm assigning myself a mini project: since I listen to music every day while working, I thought I would use it as my inspiration for some mini paintings to hone my gouache skills. 

Today's inspiration is from the song "In the Waiting Line" by Zero 7. Here's the song in case you aren't familiar:

In the Waiting Line by Zero 7 on Grooveshark

I don't want to spend a lot of time on these, since I have plenty of other things to do. I'm going to try to limit myself to 2 or 3 colors to keep it simple. And I don't think I'll do these every day, just when the lyrical inspiration hits. 

Have a wonderful day!