15 Illustrations: Finding Nemo with Friends

I am working with Inktense pencils, Micron ink pens, and Canson Illustration 11×14″ 150lb art pad to create 15 illustrations (that is how many pieces of paper are in the art pad) of my current family life and inspirations.

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This work is narrative in content and uses color in a monochromatic way accentuating one part of each drawing. These fun and quirky illustrations are a reflection of the current joy and activities I have been experiencing.

“Finding Nemo with Friends” features some of our friends from Arkansas (and Romania). Our friend Nana and her three kids were so amazing to help me navigate the land of having a kid. We were invited over – an open invitation – for whenever we wanted. Nana’s husband put together a “Finding Nemo” fishtank and E loved watching the fish. I used Inktense pencil Iris Blue for the color and used it on the water in the fish tank, the sky in the Romania painting, and placed a wave pattern on the rug.


Some of my favorite things about this drawing are Nana’s daughter reading to E,


Nana’s son playing cars,


Nana’s dog (and Ein’s friend Jack) watching W play with his cars,


Nana’s oldest daughter reading a good book,


the fireplace,

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the painting of Romania that Nana commissioned for Livada orphan sponsorship,


the awesome “Finding Nemo” fish tank,


the fun wallpaper pattern,


and the waves in the carpet, which I put to not only use the color in an interesting way, but to show that our short time together (before we moved to Springfield) was in some ways metaphorically like the “Finding Nemo” dentist fish tank scene.


Inspirations for this drawing:

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A Studio Day

My studio day was spent working on the Romania paintings. I approached my studio space and knew I needed a fresh space to work in. I rearranged my studio, moving everything around to make a new space for myself.

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With my fresh space, I put on my audio track, and set up my paintings. My goal for the day was to cover the 13 charcoal sketched canvas in paint. I placed all of the canvas around the room in a line.

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I approached my easel and worked on mixing my color palette (oil paint).

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When covered in paint, the canvas was moved on top of the drafting table and flat file cabinet. The uncovered canvas would all get to move one space forward in their little line.

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I was covered in paint and pretty tired by the end, but it was a job well done!

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