Monday, October 15, 2012


It's mid October--and what's after Halloween? Thanksgiving. And what's after Thanksgiving???Christmas!!!!

Yeah, yeah I know it's way too early for Christmas stuff, my digital painting class we are illustrating the Christmas Carol which we are going to compile and put on ibooks for free! So anyone who wants a free ibook of the Christmas Carol with super awesome illustrations can have it--for FREE! Anyway, we have to do the work early so there's time for it to go through the whole process of being published. I'm not 100% sure how it works but I think it might not be ready until next Christmas...oh well, that gives you something to look forward to for an entire year. So...yes, you are welcome for making your dreams come true.

The scene I illustrated for the Christmas Carol is of the third Spirit.

The Last of The Spirits
The Phantom slowly, gravely, silently approached. When it came, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery.

It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one outstretched hand. But for this it would have been difficult to detach its figure from the night, and separate it from the darkness by which it was surrounded.

He felt that it was tall and stately when it came beside him, and that its mysterious presence filled him with a solemn dread. He knew no more, for the Spirit neither spoke nor moved.

"I am in the presence of the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come?' said Scrooge.

The Spirit answered not, but pointed onward with its hand.

'You are about to show me shadows of the things that have not happened, but will happen in the time before us,' Scrooge pursued. 'Is that so, Spirit?'

The upper portion of the garment was contracted for an instant in its folds, as if the Spirit had inclined its head. That was the only answer he received.

--Charles Dickens

So...drum roll please.....

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Gallery of Terror

Uvu is doing a gallery of terror show on the 5th floor of the library. This piece is done in photoshop.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


This is the first assignment from my digital painting class. We had to choose a villian and illustrate them in Photoshop, Illustrator, or Corel Painter. Since I've never really painted much with any, I chose photoshop. My villian is Andrea Yates. She is a mother who drowned her 5 children in the bathtub. It's a tragic story so if you're too kind hearted don't read on. Otherwise....
Andrea suffered from post pardum depression (depression after having a baby). She tried to commit suicide a ton! and finally was told by her doctor to quit having children. Andrea and her husband new this preacher that told them to live in a bus for awhile (which would not help the depression). I don't know what religion they were a part of, but she got pretty intense about it. Family and friends had said it was scary how tightly she'd clung to each of the preachers words.  Her husband convinced her to have their 5th child which pushed her over the edge. The doctors instructed the husband not to leave Andrea alone with the kids. She was unstable and it was unsafe, but her husband believed that a person in depression just needed a kick in the pants to get out of it. So he started leaving her alone an hour a day. He'd leave an hour before her mom (or his mom...i can't remember) came over to watch her. It was then, one day, that Andrea drowned her five children. She was taught by her preacher that a 'bad mother who's going to hell will bear bad children who will go to hell". Personally, I think Andrea was a victim to her psychosis, but it doesn't change what was done. After she drowned her children she tucked them all into bed.

This painting is done from the point of the view of the bed as Andrea brings in the last child from the bathroom.