Day 4's Inktober drawing is a familiar friendly face - the Iron Giant, after seeing the signature edition in theaters this weekend.
My fourth Drawlloween is a vampire, or vampiress, as it were, with a few body parts still in transition from human to bat.
Day 3's Inktober drawing is based on a story I was told about a wolf and a fox becoming friends.
My third Drawlloween is a goblin, part Victorian, part Harry Potter, indicative of my growing excitement about visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this month.
Day 2's Inktober drawing is celebrating my First Friday show this evening at the Regal Downtown West Cinema.
My second Drawlloween is a devil, inspired by Dave Grohl's fantastic portrayal in Tenacious D's "Tribute."
Hope to see my Knoxville fans at my First Friday show tonight, where I'll be showcasing my latest pieces! They are also for purchase as prints, etc. on my Society6 page.
My first Inktober drawing is inspired by a friend's post on Facebook - she stepped outside to see a black cat sitting in her driveway, and she knew it was the first day of fall.
My first Drawlloween is a g-g-g-g-ghost! I do so love toned paper and white colored pencils, as I was initially stumped on how to capture a ghost on white paper.
So, artists around the country do a couple of special events during the month of October - Inktober, where you create an ink drawing every day in October, and Drawlloween, where you create a different spooky image each day of the month. I've always wanted to participate, so this month, I'm going for broke and doing both! Be sure to check out the other awesome artists participating by searching #inktober or #drawlloween, and be sure to check in daily here, and on my Facebook page, for my own submissions! As they'll be coinciding with both my First Friday show and my honeymoon, I'm in for a very full month, but I hope to rise to the challenge and make art every day.
This summer, I'm offering a one-on-one class series called SummerArt, where I come to you and we create art together! These images are from my first four classes, where we created a series of natural silhouette paintings with spray paint and cut paper.
My Storenvy is updated with new limited edition prints of some of my most popular work. All prints are now $6, and domestic shipping is free, no matter how many you order! Be sure to stop by HERE to check out the selection.
After working on "Foxing Around" I was still in a fox mood, so I tried my hand at the current nail-string art trend circulating Pinterest. The result was a fun 30-minute craft that I'm going to show you step-by-step how to do. You will need:
- a wooden board, pine or similar, at least 1/2" thick
- paint and a paintbrush
- nails, at least 3/4" long, and a hammer
- embroidery floss
- tracing or computer paper
1. Paint the board with whatever color you'd like. I chose a magenta purple to accentuate the orange string later. Make sure the paint is dry before you proceed.
2. On your thin paper, draw an outline of what you'd like to create. Make sure it is a recognizable silhouette, so your final product will be easily identified.
3. Lay the paper down on the board, and using one of your nails, make holes along the outline, just hard enough so that they are visible when you pull the paper away. I ended up putting the holes too close together, but doing it this way means that you can put the final nails at any sport, and the string above will cover up any extra holes.
4. Remove the paper, and begin hammering in your nails. I chose a round head golden nail 3/4" long, and hammered on top of an exacto board in case a nail made it all the way through the board. I left about 1/4" of nail above board, to make eventually weaving easy, but it's up to your discretion.
5. Once your outline of nails is complete, tie one end of your embroidery floss to a nail, and begin looping around the outline. I did this to make sure there was an intact outline in case my later weaving didn't hit every nail. I went two forward, and one back, to ensure a solid line.
6. Once the outline is finished, begin going back and forth within the interior. Hit smaller, detailed areas first so you don't end up forgetting them. I chose to have lots of different sized openings in my piece and random lines, but you can choose to be more geometric and organized. Again, it's up to your discretion and the silhouette you're creating.
7. Tie off the end where you started, so your two end can then be tied together for more security, and you are finished!
This was just my first one, but there are all sorts of creative nail-string projects out there, I'm sure I'll find another that inspires me later on. Thanks for following along, and again be sure sure to check out my Storenvy page for $6 prints.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by, or had a booth at, SCAD's inaugural Illustration Expo, it was a great success! I would like to send a shout-out to E. Shaver, Bookseller, who stopped by my stand to purchase 50 of my "Reading is Sexy" tote bags, which will be sold for $10 at their location in Savannah, GA. If you're in the area, stop by to pick one up, and in turn, support local bookstores AND local artists!
It may not be the most topical to have a "Frozen" reference, but after the seemingly endless month of icy snow and bone-chilling winds, I think we all need a little fun. So let's roll right into March with a bang!
This week is Knoxville's 3rd annual Fashion Week, where I will be modeling in a bunch of different events, including the grand finale on Saturday night! I'm super excited to be showcasing work from local designers, and even more excited to be on the inside track at a fashion week, which I believe will be akin to being backstage at a dance performance, but with crazier hair and more high heels. Pics will be posted on the Modeling page.
My next painting in the mermaid series, "Arcesso", was inspired by my trip to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies during my honeymoon, and getting to pet the stingrays, who act just like dogs when you show them a tasty squid. I would definitely have one for my next pet! You can see the entire painting on my Facebook page, or by clicking the picture above.
My next Wine and Canvas class is going to be a DATE NIGHT! Bring a friend, or special someone, to Blue Coast Grill, Wednesday March 18 from 6-9 PM, where you'll each paint your own canvas. Then, you'll be able to put the two together to make one large complete painting! Register for "On Top of Ol' Smoky" today by clicking here or the picture above.
I've started photography sessions with Black Cat and Birdie, a local handmade shop selling bags, totes and other fabric goods, all original and adorable. You'll soon see these photographs and their amazing subjects on their Etsy page, where you can also place a custom-order for a special gift.
Keep on the lookout for fast-approaching conventions, new paintings, and, as always, you can Contact Me with questions or commissions.
Lots coming at you to kick off February! First off: I got married last week. YAY! It's been a long time coming, and I'm super excited for this new period in my life. Don't worry: even with my name change, I'll still be Elizabeth Kidder: Illustrator to all you guys. I spent the past few months creating signage and styling my wedding and reception with my graphic designer and now-husband Aaron Hinds and hand-lettering whiz Paige Firnberg. Check out their work by following the links above, and stop on by the Wedding Design page to see all our work together. Feel free to pass along our services to any bride-to-be's!
I have a fun Valentine's week Wine and Canvas class coming up Monday, February 9 at Einstein Bros. Bagels in Farragut from 6-9 PM. Sign up today with a special someone for a fun night of brushes and bagels!
Finally, my next First Friday show is February 6, 2015!
Be sure to follow my Facebook page for more information, daily updates, and sneak peaks at new artwork and doorbuster deals! And be sure to stop by Armada Bar for great drinks, new art and lots of fun!
I'm Elizabeth Kidder, freelance illustrator currently located in Knoxville, TN. Please enjoy the site and Contact Me with any job inquiries or questions.