Friday, April 29, 2011

Koi Dreams

I've been trying to develop a story around a little girl with an imagination. (Vague, I know.) I'm not sure if anything's going to come out of that yet, but here's a painting based on the idea.

Koi Dreams

Pencil (Initial sketch), Photoshop CS4


I'm also working on a book dummy of Hans Christian Andersen's Princess and the Pea for class and here are some characters from that project! These are some nice princesses the prince meets early on. In my version of the story though, he likes them! Unfortunately they fail the pea test :( and he marries a chubby, snotty princess at the end. I'll have to thank my friend Pétur for giving me some great ideas in varying them up while I was designing these. They would've looked totally boring otherwise.

Princesses! (work in progress)

Haven't been sketching as much as I'd like to in the past month, but here are some that managed to come out looking quite alright.

Some quick gestures (pen and markers)

Randomly random randomness

And... more school work stuff!

Oil studies

First Venture (digital)

Valentine's Day mailer (reworked)

Children's Book Illustration class is such a joy to be part of! My classmates surprise my every week with their creativity and Angela's such wonderful and dedicated teacher. She has helped me a great deal with some of the pieces here. If you go to the Academy and are interested in children's books at all, I highly (highly, highly x10) recommend her class.

I hope all's well with everyone!


  1. Omg, Natalie! How have you been!

  2. Lovely posts Ciaee :) The princesses are soooo cute! X3

  3. super good to see you post up actual illustrations stuff again. Keep it up, woman. Man proud.

  4. Such a great body of work!!!! I like them a lot, the sketches specially!

  5. It's great to see that you are around and doing well :) I really like all the pieces you posted and I hope that you'll be more active and show us more art!

    Also I haven't forgotten that I owe you a print,and I feel bad that I didn't send it to you yet :( I think at this point I'll have to include something extra!

  6. Jamie: Thanks! I'm happy that you like them. :D

    Em: Woman cry happy tear.

    Paulina: Thanks so much Paulina! Your recent stuff's real cool too!

    Ania: Heyyyyy, it's been so long! What are you up to these days? I'm really sorry that I haven't been in touch, but I hope you're doing good yourself.

    Awww, I don't want you to feel bad about the print! You don't owe me anything, really. If I do receive something from you one day, I'll take it as a pleasant pleasant surprise. :D

  7. your princess turn out really good Ciaee~

  8. I love all of your work so much, especially the valentine's card and "Koi Dreams." I taped the postcard you gave me on the wall near my desk!

  9. Hey Kelley, it was great meeting you that day! My postcard feels happy to be on your wall. :D

  10. Those oils are really great! Would love to see more of your work :)

  11. Sorry I forgot to post earlier, things have been rather hectic for me. You asked what I've been up to. I guess the main thing is that I had a baby, who as you can imagine takes up most of my time :) Furthermore I'll be moving to San Francisco at the beginning of next year. At this rate I may end up giving you prints in person!