New Manga Style Character “Midnight”

Midnight

Midnight

Occasionally a name for a character will just come to me as I am working on a piece.  This was one of those times.  I thought Midnight was the perfect name for my new character.  She reminds me of the night  and celebrates the color blue.  Many times the name of a character or title of a piece of art is a challenging process for me.  Sometimes I have two names I really like and can’t decide between the two.  I do favor one word titles.   My husband titles some of my pieces and always just nails it… like he read my mind when I didn’t know what I was thinking.  HA!

What is your creative process for naming or titling your art?

Halloween Manga – Zombies

This last weekend I taught a Manga Zombie workshop at the Pasadena Library Teen Center.  I had a group of fun and talented teens!  Here are a few demo’s I sketched for the class.

I had a lot of fun with this class, it was pretty funny listening to my gruesome drawing instructions.  A big change from my usual Manga subject matter of sweet fairies and tree ladies.   Hmm… not sure if I am up to inking them.  We had a lot of laughs throughout the workshop. 🙂  Happy Halloween!  Janell

My Daughter’s Senior Portrait

Portrait of girl in space

My daughter loves math, science and astronomy.  This is her senior year in high school.  I had this idea in my head of how I wanted to photograph her and then add some digital “space” to her portrait.  I finally got the chance to take her portraits in February.  It was a very fun photo shoot with makeup by Carolyn Simon.  I just love how it turned out!  I can’t believe she will be graduating in just a few months.  –Janell