In The Shallows: From Sketch to Print

For about the last week or so I've been harboring some weird artist's block:  I've had lots of ideas and urges to create, but every time I started to work I'd just end up hating whatever I was working end and discarding it.  I think I'm pretty lucky though because this doesn't happen to me very often, but wow, when it does happen, it just feels like crap.  

So I've been spending a lot of time working on patterns, because it's the only creative thing that is really clicking for me right now.  But I've also been forcing myself to sketch a lot.  Pages and page.  Everyday.  In hopes that it would help me snap out of whatever illustrating slump I've been in.  

And voila!  It worked:

Mermaid sketch 

I just loved this little sketch and initially intended to paint her up in acrylics, but decide to stay in my comfort zone for this one, digital.  

Here's what she looked like once I got the main colors blocked out:


But I decided to flip the orientation to horizontal for this one and move the elements around just a bit.  And here's what the final print looks like:

In The Shallows 

She is currently available in my Etsy shop as a small 5 x 7 prints, but this illustration is also available as an 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 by request.

What do you think?

Oh and more on this later, but by popular request, I have reopened the Digital Sweets shop on a trial basis.  I'll be relisting some of the old favorite printable stationery items, but I will also now be offering digital clipart for use in scrapbooking, cardmarking, etc.  And maybe a few digital scrapbooking papers as well, in addition to the exclusive digital papers that I design for MFT Stamps.  For now, Digital Sweets still looks pretty bear, but over the next few weeks, new clipart sets will be popping up over there!