Napoleon Dynamite: 10 Years

Ten years ago today, June 11th, one of the greatest movies ever came out – Napoleon Dynamite! I remember watching it for the first time with my family (I was 8 years old! What!). We were all laughing so hard we had tears streaming down our faces and I do believe someone was dramatic enough to fall off the sofa…
This movie has been a wealth of references and quotes and lots of jokes for me and family, and I think it will always be a favorite of mine.
Here’s to you, Napoleon! 20140610-173029-63029994.jpg20140610-173029-63029142.jpg


Silhouette Selfie

A quickly snapped side profile selfie turned into a self portrait illustration turned into a silhouette. I love how a little non important action can spark an idea that can turn into a piece of art.20140603-141408-51248127.jpg


The Captain

First he was just an old man in space. Not exciting at all, right?

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Just kidding, that’s pretty exciting. I love space stuff and I spent a half hour of my life a while back watching Ana Victoria Calderon’s youtube tutorial on how to paint galaxy background. (She is the BEST at space scenes!) This was my attempt at it, and it’s not that great, I know, but it was my first try, okay?!?!?Anyways, I wanted to transfer this to a less textured watercolor paper and try again (ugh I bought paper with too much tooth again! I need to pay more attention when I pick up supplies.) So I used the amazing magical combination of tracing paper and my lightboard!


I got my lightboard for Christmas and I LOVE it! I makes illustration so much easier! I love that I can replicate a drawing so easily, and try out features before I apply them. Like the hand in the next picture. I didn’t know if wanted it there, so I drew the hand on a separate piece of paper and fitted it where I wanted, then drew it in with ink on the picture. It’s so great! I also love that I no longer have to erase pencil drafts anymore and compromise the paper!


Here’s the finished product!