A preliminary drawing for the next piece.

A preliminary drawing for the next piece.

Space Ninjas

This is something a bit different for me. I found an art call for illuminated manuscript-type illustrations set in the future, and well, how could I resist?

So I broke out the walnut ink and did this depiction of ninja astronauts fighting off a pacsimanus vortex machine above the surface of the moon. With advances in technology, mankind will manage to carry on warfare even in the extreme conditions of the lunar colonies. NASA will finally streamline those space suits, and simple jet-propulsion wristbands will be invented to aid movement in low gravity.

My entry for the Tiny Pleasures, Tiny Paintings show that’s going to be up at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 on May 9-11. And tiny is right! It’s not often you can ship your art in a letter envelope. This piece, Knots of Wind, is inspired by Finnish legend. The magicians of Finland were known particularly for their power over the wind. There are many stories of them selling knots of wind to sailors, who were told to untie the first knot for a gentle breeze, the second for a steady wind, and the third only if they wanted to find themselves in the midst of a hurricane.
Many thanks to InklingArt for posting about this show, as otherwise I would never have heard of it. See her gorgeous entry here.

My entry for the Tiny Pleasures, Tiny Paintings show that’s going to be up at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 on May 9-11. And tiny is right! It’s not often you can ship your art in a letter envelope. This piece, Knots of Wind, is inspired by Finnish legend. The magicians of Finland were known particularly for their power over the wind. There are many stories of them selling knots of wind to sailors, who were told to untie the first knot for a gentle breeze, the second for a steady wind, and the third only if they wanted to find themselves in the midst of a hurricane.

Many thanks to InklingArt for posting about this show, as otherwise I would never have heard of it. See her gorgeous entry here.

Marshall Point Lighthouse, Maine
By now it’s obvious that I totally bombed Toerning’s Easy and Hard Challenge, which ended on Monday. All I’m going to say is that there were a lot of deadlines and gardening involved (art directors and the spring rains wait for no one). They were all good challenges, though, so I’m continuing them in my own time. This one is for ‘Open Space / Enclosed Space.’

Marshall Point Lighthouse, Maine

By now it’s obvious that I totally bombed Toerning’s Easy and Hard Challenge, which ended on Monday. All I’m going to say is that there were a lot of deadlines and gardening involved (art directors and the spring rains wait for no one). They were all good challenges, though, so I’m continuing them in my own time. This one is for ‘Open Space / Enclosed Space.’

Teacup icons!

Hand-drawn with digital texture

The Green Tea print is available here and the others will be out soon.

danamartinillustration:

Goldrush

watercolor and watercolor pencil

Up to now, I’ve only used watercolor pencils for sketching, as their chalky texture is rather at odds with a lot of what I’m trying to achieve in my finished pieces. But it turns out they are great for glinting up fish scales!

Prints available at INPRNT: http://www.inprnt.com/gallery/danamartin/goldrush/

& society6: http://society6.com/DanaMartin/Goldrush-Lls#1=45

I think I’m the last one to find out about this, but apparently I made the Tumblr radar early this morning! As usual, I slept through the whole thing, but many, many thanks to the tumblr staff and hello there, all you brilliant new followers!

(via froaderick-fronkensteen)

tumblropenarts:

Artist Name: Dana Martin
Tumblr: http://danamartinillustration.tumblr.com/
Moon Jellies
watercolor & ink

Made it onto Tumblr Open Arts!

tumblropenarts:

Artist Name: Dana Martin

Tumblr: http://danamartinillustration.tumblr.com/

Moon Jellies

watercolor & ink

Made it onto Tumblr Open Arts!

eatsleepdraw:

Dana Martin
Goldrush
watercolor & watercolor pencil

Wow, made it onto EatSleepDraw! Thanks so much guys!

eatsleepdraw:

Dana Martin

Goldrush

watercolor & watercolor pencil

Wow, made it onto EatSleepDraw! Thanks so much guys!

Easy and Hard Challenge
Little Kid / Old Person
Just sketches. Going the easy route today.

Easy and Hard Challenge

Little Kid / Old Person

Just sketches. Going the easy route today.

Easy and Hard Challenge
Industrial/Pastoral
Bo and the Wolf

Easy and Hard Challenge

Industrial/Pastoral

Bo and the Wolf

Easy and Hard Challenge
Suit/Dress
Easy, messy, and a bit late, as I was never around a scanner yesterday. More 1920s fashion.

Easy and Hard Challenge

Suit/Dress

Easy, messy, and a bit late, as I was never around a scanner yesterday. More 1920s fashion.

Day 6 of Thirty Day Challenge
Something you’ve never drawn before
Red pandas
Why am I just now getting to these little clowns? They’re pure cuteness. Sketch inspired by this gif:  http://illcallyoufromparis.tumblr.com/post/65935448731/captainpaps-get-the-fuq-at-me-ahhhhh-shiyat#notes

Day 6 of Thirty Day Challenge

Something you’ve never drawn before

Red pandas

Why am I just now getting to these little clowns? They’re pure cuteness. Sketch inspired by this gif:  http://illcallyoufromparis.tumblr.com/post/65935448731/captainpaps-get-the-fuq-at-me-ahhhhh-shiyat#notes

Easy and Hard Challenge
70 / 30 Rule  
Leela (Toerning) kindly provided a link to Sean Gordon Murphy’s excellent explanation of the rule (and amazing brushwork demo). Watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oO2J2ponho . The explanation starts about 5:35.
But to summarize, the 70/30 rule is about the ratio of light to dark in a composition. Use mostly dark and the eye will be drawn to the light spots, use mostly light and the eye will go to the dark spots; just don’t use equal parts light and dark because then the eye will bounce between them and get massively confused.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everybody!

Easy and Hard Challenge

70 / 30 Rule 

Leela (Toerning) kindly provided a link to Sean Gordon Murphy’s excellent explanation of the rule (and amazing brushwork demo). Watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oO2J2ponho . The explanation starts about 5:35.

But to summarize, the 70/30 rule is about the ratio of light to dark in a composition. Use mostly dark and the eye will be drawn to the light spots, use mostly light and the eye will go to the dark spots; just don’t use equal parts light and dark because then the eye will bounce between them and get massively confused.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everybody!

Easy and Hard Challenge
Saturated Palette/Muted Palette
One thing I’ve really enjoyed about the Easy and Hard Challenge series is that the choices make me reflect on what is difficult for me as an artist. I tend to use saturated palettes, so my first thought was that I’d go with muted as the more difficult choice. But I don’t really find muted palettes that difficult - as long as the value structure is good, muted colors will get along. I finally had to get one of my color palette books out, and I realized that the palette I find most difficult (and routinely avoid) is a saturated triad. There’s just so much color fighting for attention! Analogous or complimentary palettes are far easier for me to balance. But triad it was. In the hopes of avoiding eye-searing chaos, I kept the composition simple and used soft color transitions, the result being these very tie-dye moon jellies.

Easy and Hard Challenge

Saturated Palette/Muted Palette

One thing I’ve really enjoyed about the Easy and Hard Challenge series is that the choices make me reflect on what is difficult for me as an artist. I tend to use saturated palettes, so my first thought was that I’d go with muted as the more difficult choice. But I don’t really find muted palettes that difficult - as long as the value structure is good, muted colors will get along. I finally had to get one of my color palette books out, and I realized that the palette I find most difficult (and routinely avoid) is a saturated triad. There’s just so much color fighting for attention! Analogous or complimentary palettes are far easier for me to balance. But triad it was. In the hopes of avoiding eye-searing chaos, I kept the composition simple and used soft color transitions, the result being these very tie-dye moon jellies.

Day 5 of Thirty Day Challenge
Your favorite outfit
Achhhhhh, the favorite outfit challenge assumes you know what your favorite outfit is. But The Favorite Outfit is in constant flux! I mean, my two favorite sweaters are looking pretty mangled, I spilled ink on my best scarf, and the little blue rhinestones keep falling out of my dragonfly hairclip. In the end, I settled for an outfit that could actually be worn in public. This is the awesome black-and-mostly-white coat I bought one day when I was feeling super extravagant. A white coat is like a white elephant: rare, wonderful and exceptionally useless, because unless you live in an airlock, stuff will get on the coat and the white will show it like mad. I think I’ve worked up the nerve to wear this coat outside exactly twice, which is why it’s still presentable.
Shown here with my favorite accessory, a travel mug of tea.

Day 5 of Thirty Day Challenge

Your favorite outfit

Achhhhhh, the favorite outfit challenge assumes you know what your favorite outfit is. But The Favorite Outfit is in constant flux! I mean, my two favorite sweaters are looking pretty mangled, I spilled ink on my best scarf, and the little blue rhinestones keep falling out of my dragonfly hairclip. In the end, I settled for an outfit that could actually be worn in public. This is the awesome black-and-mostly-white coat I bought one day when I was feeling super extravagant. A white coat is like a white elephant: rare, wonderful and exceptionally useless, because unless you live in an airlock, stuff will get on the coat and the white will show it like mad. I think I’ve worked up the nerve to wear this coat outside exactly twice, which is why it’s still presentable.

Shown here with my favorite accessory, a travel mug of tea.