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Downton Abbey {Character Redesign}

In celebration of the U.S. airing of Downton Abbey Season 3, I'm excited to share my Character Redesign for Ten Paces and Draw!

Here we have Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham. I am in love with the fashion of this time period, so I decided to draw a fabulously fancy hat for her.

Do you watch Downton Abbey? I'll admit I was a bit skeptical at first, but after hearing all the hype, we decided to check it out. And I was hooked! Unfortunately, we don't get Public Television at our house, so we have to watch it online. And we haven't seen the first episode yet - so no spoilers!

Be sure to head on over to Ten Paces and Draw to see the other Downton Redesigns.

Jessie {Character Redesign}

Hello and happy Monday!

For my American readers, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had a great holiday, complete with family, turkey and lots of driving. And now onto the final push before Christmas. Are you ready?

I wanted to quick share with you an illustration I did for Ten Paces and Draw a couple months ago:

The assignment was a Pixar character redesign, so I decided to go with one of Stella's favorite non-Princess Disney characters - Jessie from Toy Story! 

This one was a lot of fun. Once again, I was experimenting with textures and the line work, yet with a limited palette. I foresee a print for the kiddo's bedroom in the near future...

You can see Jessie, along with many other awesome Pixar redesigns here!

Have a great week!

Jurassic Park

Good Morning!

Today I'm excited to share my first illustration for Ten Paces and Draw. Ten Paces is a collaborative website that brings artists together for different illustration challenges each week. I finally got the opportunity to participate in one of the Character Redesign challenges.

This week's theme was Jurassic Park. Since I haven't seen it in years, I decided to check it out from the library for a little refresher. What a nice way to spend my Saturday afternoon!

Our challenge was to illustrate one of the main characters or one of the dinosaurs. I decided to go with the main character, Dr. Alan Grant in one of the more tender moments of the movie - when he was 'singing' to the brachiosaurus from up in the tree.

I'm still playing around with textures to bring in some depth and interest to my flat color blocking. It's fun, but it's still feeling really unnatural. I just have to find the right balance. That's why challenges like this are good for me - it gives me a reason to experiment!

Head on over to Ten Paces and Draw to see the other Jurassic Park submissions. It's pretty cool seeing everyone's different interpretations and styles!

Have a great week,