The Stuff I Like to Do in My Free Time.
This is a blog filled with drawings, paintings, illustrations, sculptures, photography, quotes, tutorials, (and so much more!) that inspire me as an artist. You'll find a true myriad of posts that have all enkindled and excited my creative stream. You'll also see bits and pieces of what I'm working on these days!
Go ahead, peruse, enjoy.
The Stuff I Like to Do in My Free Time.
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pond-dipping:

chrisriddellblog:

Sunday.

Children’s book authors (and illustrators!) get the power of flight?
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xelawho:

Mab Graves
A lifelong fairytale enthusiast, Graves has always loved Alice in Wonderland and Grimms’ Fairy Tales, recalling with a laugh that she and her sisters would put on plays for their parents even before Graves could read. “My older sister, who could read, would whisper my lines to me,” she says. Her favorite stories include Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood,Rapunzel, and George MacDonald’s The Light Princess, all of which she developed a deeper appreciation for as an adult.
"Fairy tales are a universal language," Graves says. "I love them and I love painting from literary inspiration. Everyone has a different experience when they read a book — they’re in a different place, time in their life, a different emotional state. Whether they’re young or old or escaping, they all have an emotional connection to fairy tales and stories. I love getting to share that with people and put images to a story we all know. I love getting to see people’s reactions.”
-Truly Mably Deeply
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beeslikehoney:

by meghanshimek http://ift.tt/1rZP7u8
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secondlina:

The Valor Anthology Kickstarter is 12 days away from completion and it’s doing GREAT!
I wanted to share you with you guys some of the concept art we used in the Kickstarter’s video. Said concept art is by Justin Lanjil, Annie Stoll, Laura Neubert, Michelle “Misha” Krivanek, Morgan Beem, Megan Kearney and Nicole Chartrand.
Concept art above are for the following stories : an adaptation of the Reindeer maiden, an original tale about a girl and a gargoyle, an adaptation of godfather Death, an adaptation of the Lindworm, an adaptation of East of the Sun, West of the moon, an original fairy tale about masks and an adaptation of the wild swans.
If you love fairy tales and Badass ladies, be sure to check the Kickstarter out!
secondlina:

The Valor Anthology Kickstarter is 12 days away from completion and it’s doing GREAT!
I wanted to share you with you guys some of the concept art we used in the Kickstarter’s video. Said concept art is by Justin Lanjil, Annie Stoll, Laura Neubert, Michelle “Misha” Krivanek, Morgan Beem, Megan Kearney and Nicole Chartrand.
Concept art above are for the following stories : an adaptation of the Reindeer maiden, an original tale about a girl and a gargoyle, an adaptation of godfather Death, an adaptation of the Lindworm, an adaptation of East of the Sun, West of the moon, an original fairy tale about masks and an adaptation of the wild swans.
If you love fairy tales and Badass ladies, be sure to check the Kickstarter out!
secondlina:

The Valor Anthology Kickstarter is 12 days away from completion and it’s doing GREAT!
I wanted to share you with you guys some of the concept art we used in the Kickstarter’s video. Said concept art is by Justin Lanjil, Annie Stoll, Laura Neubert, Michelle “Misha” Krivanek, Morgan Beem, Megan Kearney and Nicole Chartrand.
Concept art above are for the following stories : an adaptation of the Reindeer maiden, an original tale about a girl and a gargoyle, an adaptation of godfather Death, an adaptation of the Lindworm, an adaptation of East of the Sun, West of the moon, an original fairy tale about masks and an adaptation of the wild swans.
If you love fairy tales and Badass ladies, be sure to check the Kickstarter out!
secondlina:

The Valor Anthology Kickstarter is 12 days away from completion and it’s doing GREAT!
I wanted to share you with you guys some of the concept art we used in the Kickstarter’s video. Said concept art is by Justin Lanjil, Annie Stoll, Laura Neubert, Michelle “Misha” Krivanek, Morgan Beem, Megan Kearney and Nicole Chartrand.
Concept art above are for the following stories : an adaptation of the Reindeer maiden, an original tale about a girl and a gargoyle, an adaptation of godfather Death, an adaptation of the Lindworm, an adaptation of East of the Sun, West of the moon, an original fairy tale about masks and an adaptation of the wild swans.
If you love fairy tales and Badass ladies, be sure to check the Kickstarter out!
secondlina:

The Valor Anthology Kickstarter is 12 days away from completion and it’s doing GREAT!
I wanted to share you with you guys some of the concept art we used in the Kickstarter’s video. Said concept art is by Justin Lanjil, Annie Stoll, Laura Neubert, Michelle “Misha” Krivanek, Morgan Beem, Megan Kearney and Nicole Chartrand.
Concept art above are for the following stories : an adaptation of the Reindeer maiden, an original tale about a girl and a gargoyle, an adaptation of godfather Death, an adaptation of the Lindworm, an adaptation of East of the Sun, West of the moon, an original fairy tale about masks and an adaptation of the wild swans.
If you love fairy tales and Badass ladies, be sure to check the Kickstarter out!
secondlina:

The Valor Anthology Kickstarter is 12 days away from completion and it’s doing GREAT!
I wanted to share you with you guys some of the concept art we used in the Kickstarter’s video. Said concept art is by Justin Lanjil, Annie Stoll, Laura Neubert, Michelle “Misha” Krivanek, Morgan Beem, Megan Kearney and Nicole Chartrand.
Concept art above are for the following stories : an adaptation of the Reindeer maiden, an original tale about a girl and a gargoyle, an adaptation of godfather Death, an adaptation of the Lindworm, an adaptation of East of the Sun, West of the moon, an original fairy tale about masks and an adaptation of the wild swans.
If you love fairy tales and Badass ladies, be sure to check the Kickstarter out!
secondlina:

The Valor Anthology Kickstarter is 12 days away from completion and it’s doing GREAT!
I wanted to share you with you guys some of the concept art we used in the Kickstarter’s video. Said concept art is by Justin Lanjil, Annie Stoll, Laura Neubert, Michelle “Misha” Krivanek, Morgan Beem, Megan Kearney and Nicole Chartrand.
Concept art above are for the following stories : an adaptation of the Reindeer maiden, an original tale about a girl and a gargoyle, an adaptation of godfather Death, an adaptation of the Lindworm, an adaptation of East of the Sun, West of the moon, an original fairy tale about masks and an adaptation of the wild swans.
If you love fairy tales and Badass ladies, be sure to check the Kickstarter out!
secondlina:

The Valor Anthology Kickstarter is 12 days away from completion and it’s doing GREAT!
I wanted to share you with you guys some of the concept art we used in the Kickstarter’s video. Said concept art is by Justin Lanjil, Annie Stoll, Laura Neubert, Michelle “Misha” Krivanek, Morgan Beem, Megan Kearney and Nicole Chartrand.
Concept art above are for the following stories : an adaptation of the Reindeer maiden, an original tale about a girl and a gargoyle, an adaptation of godfather Death, an adaptation of the Lindworm, an adaptation of East of the Sun, West of the moon, an original fairy tale about masks and an adaptation of the wild swans.
If you love fairy tales and Badass ladies, be sure to check the Kickstarter out!
secondlina:

The Valor Anthology Kickstarter is 12 days away from completion and it’s doing GREAT!
I wanted to share you with you guys some of the concept art we used in the Kickstarter’s video. Said concept art is by Justin Lanjil, Annie Stoll, Laura Neubert, Michelle “Misha” Krivanek, Morgan Beem, Megan Kearney and Nicole Chartrand.
Concept art above are for the following stories : an adaptation of the Reindeer maiden, an original tale about a girl and a gargoyle, an adaptation of godfather Death, an adaptation of the Lindworm, an adaptation of East of the Sun, West of the moon, an original fairy tale about masks and an adaptation of the wild swans.
If you love fairy tales and Badass ladies, be sure to check the Kickstarter out!
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heathceramics:

Our latest Making & Gathering newsletter features Julia Turner Jewelry, our studio neighbor right here in our Heath creative campus. Click through the slideshow to get a closer look at her creative genius in action and see her collection here. 
heathceramics:

Our latest Making & Gathering newsletter features Julia Turner Jewelry, our studio neighbor right here in our Heath creative campus. Click through the slideshow to get a closer look at her creative genius in action and see her collection here. 
heathceramics:

Our latest Making & Gathering newsletter features Julia Turner Jewelry, our studio neighbor right here in our Heath creative campus. Click through the slideshow to get a closer look at her creative genius in action and see her collection here. 
heathceramics:

Our latest Making & Gathering newsletter features Julia Turner Jewelry, our studio neighbor right here in our Heath creative campus. Click through the slideshow to get a closer look at her creative genius in action and see her collection here. 
heathceramics:

Our latest Making & Gathering newsletter features Julia Turner Jewelry, our studio neighbor right here in our Heath creative campus. Click through the slideshow to get a closer look at her creative genius in action and see her collection here. 
heathceramics:

Our latest Making & Gathering newsletter features Julia Turner Jewelry, our studio neighbor right here in our Heath creative campus. Click through the slideshow to get a closer look at her creative genius in action and see her collection here. 
heathceramics:

Our latest Making & Gathering newsletter features Julia Turner Jewelry, our studio neighbor right here in our Heath creative campus. Click through the slideshow to get a closer look at her creative genius in action and see her collection here. 
Shamsee: A Fistful of Lunars
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nicholaskole:

It is agreed, between John Loren and I: Today’s Dawngate Chronicles page may be our greatest achievement so far :Dhttp://dawngatechronicles.com/prologue/57/RENZO HAS ARRIVED!Which means it is time to announce the SECOND EVER DAWNGATE FANART CONTEST! The Reddit is here, and I have pasted it’s text thusly:
Ladies and gentlemen! As you may have noticed, today’s Dawngate Chronicles page is one of uncommon magnificence. This is no doubt due to the gracious presence of Nishi’An’s greatest Virtuoso: RENZO. It is only improved by the revelation of his Incredible Chest.
I, Nicholas Kole, have been granted the gargantuan and humbling privilege of drawing RENZO HIMSELF for this page and pages to come. But it is a task too big for one artist alone: IT MUST BE SHARED. RENZOS BODY IS A WONDERLAND TOO GREAT AND TERRIBLE IN IT’S PERFECTION FOR ONE ARTIST ALONE. SO it is with great pomp and circumstance that I announce today the beginning of the SECOND DAWNGATE FANART CONTEST!
Here are the rules, as handed down from the Great Sculptor himself:
1) The theme is: RENZO AND HIS MASTERPIECE. Interpret as you see fit. No limit on style, format or anything. But it must contain Maximum Renzoness. Renzo-osity. Renzarity. Bonus points awarded for hilarity.
2) Submissions should be posted and collected on this Reddit thread or tweeted to me @FromHappyRock
3) The contest will close in 2 WEEKS on Friday, August 29th at Midnight EST. At which point entries will be collated, a winner will be chosen, and non-winners will be hugged ever-so-gently and told it’s alright. I’ll post all the entries together in a glorious collage here and on tumblr!
4) The Dawngate Chronicles art team loves Renzo, and we love you (our hearts somehow have room for BOTH, though they strain to the point of bursting). John Loren and I have decided we will draw a Shaper of the winner’s choosing. For this task we will switch roles: John will draw, I will color, and we will make it AS SILLY AS POSSIBLE. Brace yourselves.
Have fun! Make Art! Wooooooo! COME RENZO WITH US. YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID.
nicholaskole:

It is agreed, between John Loren and I: Today’s Dawngate Chronicles page may be our greatest achievement so far :Dhttp://dawngatechronicles.com/prologue/57/RENZO HAS ARRIVED!Which means it is time to announce the SECOND EVER DAWNGATE FANART CONTEST! The Reddit is here, and I have pasted it’s text thusly:
Ladies and gentlemen! As you may have noticed, today’s Dawngate Chronicles page is one of uncommon magnificence. This is no doubt due to the gracious presence of Nishi’An’s greatest Virtuoso: RENZO. It is only improved by the revelation of his Incredible Chest.
I, Nicholas Kole, have been granted the gargantuan and humbling privilege of drawing RENZO HIMSELF for this page and pages to come. But it is a task too big for one artist alone: IT MUST BE SHARED. RENZOS BODY IS A WONDERLAND TOO GREAT AND TERRIBLE IN IT’S PERFECTION FOR ONE ARTIST ALONE. SO it is with great pomp and circumstance that I announce today the beginning of the SECOND DAWNGATE FANART CONTEST!
Here are the rules, as handed down from the Great Sculptor himself:
1) The theme is: RENZO AND HIS MASTERPIECE. Interpret as you see fit. No limit on style, format or anything. But it must contain Maximum Renzoness. Renzo-osity. Renzarity. Bonus points awarded for hilarity.
2) Submissions should be posted and collected on this Reddit thread or tweeted to me @FromHappyRock
3) The contest will close in 2 WEEKS on Friday, August 29th at Midnight EST. At which point entries will be collated, a winner will be chosen, and non-winners will be hugged ever-so-gently and told it’s alright. I’ll post all the entries together in a glorious collage here and on tumblr!
4) The Dawngate Chronicles art team loves Renzo, and we love you (our hearts somehow have room for BOTH, though they strain to the point of bursting). John Loren and I have decided we will draw a Shaper of the winner’s choosing. For this task we will switch roles: John will draw, I will color, and we will make it AS SILLY AS POSSIBLE. Brace yourselves.
Have fun! Make Art! Wooooooo! COME RENZO WITH US. YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID.
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alliebirdseed:

mess and sketch! I hope we get to use this, but I like the comparison of the two anyway.
This has been a week of drawing piles of characters. Stay tuned for flowers and cookies!
alliebirdseed:

mess and sketch! I hope we get to use this, but I like the comparison of the two anyway.
This has been a week of drawing piles of characters. Stay tuned for flowers and cookies!
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itscolossal:

Meticulous Cut Paper Illustrations by Maude White
itscolossal:

Meticulous Cut Paper Illustrations by Maude White
itscolossal:

Meticulous Cut Paper Illustrations by Maude White
itscolossal:

Meticulous Cut Paper Illustrations by Maude White
itscolossal:

Meticulous Cut Paper Illustrations by Maude White
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claireonacloud:

My first book, ONCE UPON A CLOUD with Dial Press at Penguin is finally finished! Its up for preorder -here- and will be in stores in Spring 2015. These are some of the pages of characters little Celeste meets in the story. 
claireonacloud:

My first book, ONCE UPON A CLOUD with Dial Press at Penguin is finally finished! Its up for preorder -here- and will be in stores in Spring 2015. These are some of the pages of characters little Celeste meets in the story. 
claireonacloud:

My first book, ONCE UPON A CLOUD with Dial Press at Penguin is finally finished! Its up for preorder -here- and will be in stores in Spring 2015. These are some of the pages of characters little Celeste meets in the story. 
claireonacloud:

My first book, ONCE UPON A CLOUD with Dial Press at Penguin is finally finished! Its up for preorder -here- and will be in stores in Spring 2015. These are some of the pages of characters little Celeste meets in the story. 
claireonacloud:

My first book, ONCE UPON A CLOUD with Dial Press at Penguin is finally finished! Its up for preorder -here- and will be in stores in Spring 2015. These are some of the pages of characters little Celeste meets in the story. 
claireonacloud:

My first book, ONCE UPON A CLOUD with Dial Press at Penguin is finally finished! Its up for preorder -here- and will be in stores in Spring 2015. These are some of the pages of characters little Celeste meets in the story. 
claireonacloud:

My first book, ONCE UPON A CLOUD with Dial Press at Penguin is finally finished! Its up for preorder -here- and will be in stores in Spring 2015. These are some of the pages of characters little Celeste meets in the story. 
claireonacloud:

My first book, ONCE UPON A CLOUD with Dial Press at Penguin is finally finished! Its up for preorder -here- and will be in stores in Spring 2015. These are some of the pages of characters little Celeste meets in the story. 
claireonacloud:

My first book, ONCE UPON A CLOUD with Dial Press at Penguin is finally finished! Its up for preorder -here- and will be in stores in Spring 2015. These are some of the pages of characters little Celeste meets in the story.