Sunday, March 6, 2011

A Change of Pace

Lately I have been setting the paintbrushes aside in order to undertake another project - a shoujo manga (Japanese romance comic) for teenage girls. I began this manga when I was in eighth grade and continued it during high school. Once I entered college, I set it aside to focus on my studies. I am just now picking it back up.

I've been especially motivated to draw this again because of all of the filth that is contained in manga for girls today. A quick trip to the bookstore will tell you just how few wholesome mangas there are. Sometimes I think that we shouldn't wait until God calls us to do something but should just fill a need when we see one.

You can read the comic at its main website ( or through TokyoPop ( You can also "like" Send Me an Angel's page on Facebook and receive news and updates (!/pages/Send-Me-an-Angel-Manga).

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Spanglish Eclectic Cow

A few weeks ago I had the delight of creating a super eclectic mixed media painting. The nicest woman requested this painting for her little girl who has a fondness for cows and kitties. This was such a fun change of pace for me from the more neutral, minimalistic art styles that are popular right now. It's always so refreshing to be challenged as an artist. Plus, I just adore bright colors. A cow + kitty + paper mache + bright colors + mixed media goodness... Here's the end result!
And I was thrilled when the client sent me a picture of her daughter with the painting. Isn't this the cutest thing you've ever seen? The little one even had the idea to add one of her hair bows to the cow. ADORABLE!!

Ever since, I've been really inspired to experiment with more textures and colors... Interested to see what I'll come up with. Hands down, this has been the best commission ever. :)