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I hope you guys don’t mind food sketches, because a cookbook project means lots of food.

I hope you guys don’t mind food sketches, because a cookbook project means lots of food.

While I didn’t technically win the Tealet tshirt contest, the company liked my design so much and all the votes made such an impression that they decided to produce my tshirt anyway, and they sent me the first place prize of a whole tea collection. Very many thanks to everyone who voted! Now it’s time for a whomping tea party.

Night Climbing
A quick watercolor doodle. I like the colors bleeds, but raison d’être for this piece didn’t actually pan out. I was trying to get salt blooms, and the salt, for some reason, would not bloom. If there are any expert salt painters out there who want to share the blooming salt secret, I am all ears. All I could find in the online tutorials was la, la, la, it’s so easy, just sprinkle salt on the mildly wet paper, can’t go wrong, la, la.

Night Climbing

A quick watercolor doodle. I like the colors bleeds, but raison d’être for this piece didn’t actually pan out. I was trying to get salt blooms, and the salt, for some reason, would not bloom. If there are any expert salt painters out there who want to share the blooming salt secret, I am all ears. All I could find in the online tutorials was la, la, la, it’s so easy, just sprinkle salt on the mildly wet paper, can’t go wrong, la, la.

The Flower Queen’s Daughter

watercolor & digital

The Flower Queen’s Daughter, found in Lang’s Yellow Fairy Book, centers around a fairy princess who, supposedly, is held captive by a dragon. When the rescuing prince arrives, he learns that the dragon is holed up in the mountain for his yearly sleep, but that the Flower Queen’s daughter may be found on the next mountain, attending the nightly balls of the dragon’s mother.

Nonchalantly and between parties, the Flower Queen’s daughter coaches the prince through some impossible tasks and advises him how best to rescue her. She comes and goes freely from the mother dragon’s castle, and it seems she could leave whenever she likes, but she is a Daisy Buchanan of fairy tales, bubbly and careless and never particularly concerned with what is happening. With this in mind, I set the ball in a ’20s nightclub, with the Charleston underway.

There is a certain ambiguity in the story about how dragonish the dragons are — the mother dragon is described as a woman, and the dragons who attend her parties are said to dance. Who knows, maybe they shapeshift back and forth.

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The Flower Queen’s Daughter
Work in progress shot. Getting close.

The Flower Queen’s Daughter

Work in progress shot. Getting close.

I just discovered PAOM, a site that lets you design clothes with your own prints! My inner fashion designer is psyched.

Also, it’s terrible but I have this perverted fascination with photoshop filters, and I’m kind of intrigued with how this one turned out. I used the stamp filter.

Also, it’s terrible but I have this perverted fascination with photoshop filters, and I’m kind of intrigued with how this one turned out. I used the stamp filter.

California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica)
The poppies are blooming like crazy here, and I already had the colors out for this other painting I’m doing, so I just snuck this study in real quick.

California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica)

The poppies are blooming like crazy here, and I already had the colors out for this other painting I’m doing, so I just snuck this study in real quick.

The Flower Queen’s Daughter
Third work in progress shot. Starting to define the figures.

The Flower Queen’s Daughter

Third work in progress shot. Starting to define the figures.

The Flower Queen’s Daughter
another progress shot

The Flower Queen’s Daughter

another progress shot

The Flower Queen’s Daughter
work in progress

The Flower Queen’s Daughter

work in progress

fuckyeahillustrativeart:

Dana Martin
Think Nice Thoughts
Ink, digital, pressed flowers
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Made it onto Fuck Yeah Illustrative Art! Thanks, guys!

fuckyeahillustrativeart:

Dana Martin

Think Nice Thoughts

Ink, digital, pressed flowers

site | blog | inprnt

Made it onto Fuck Yeah Illustrative Art! Thanks, guys!

A rough value study of an upcoming dance piece.

A rough value study of an upcoming dance piece.

drawing for the Flower Queen’s Daughter

drawing for the Flower Queen’s Daughter