Thursday, October 5, 2017

Inktober 2017 - Part 1

Hey everyone!

I hope you all are having an awesome October so far! This is always my favorite time of year for so many reasons - - It's no longer 1,000 degrees outside, the leaves start changing color, everything tastes super cozy and warm... and Inktober of course!

For Inktober this year, I decided to bring back our old friends Skelly and Spider! It's been a good 3 years since I last did anything with them, so I thought it would be fun to bring them back again! I will be posting my Inktober photos here every other week, so stay tuned! Here are the first 5 days of Inktober:

Day 1: Our old friend Skelly awakes from his slumber.

 Day 2: Skelly finds Spider.

 Day 3: Skelly & Spider do some ironing.

 Day 4: Skelly & Spider play poker with friends.

Day 5: Spider gives Skelly a makeover.

That's it for today! I will post again soon to show you guys some more Inktober shenanigans!

Ashley xoxo


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Stranger Things Fan Art & Chalk the Block Update

Hey everyone!

So sad to say that my boyfriend and I will not be participating in Chalk the Block this year after all. The event was postponed to this weekend due to a rainstorm last week. Our schedules are just too full this weekend to be able to move anything around at this point. Good news though - we will still be completing our mural piece, but just on paper instead of asphalt. Here is a sneak peek of what we have been working on:

 I will definitely post more updates on my blog once we get some good progress made on the final piece!

In other news, I am going to be participating in a Stranger Things-themed art show on Halloween this year. (Are you all so excited for the second season of Stranger Things?!) Some of you may remember the Eleven piece I did last year...

 ...but for this show, I wanted to create something new!
So I'm currently working on a new piece! Here is the progress so far:

 I won't give away the secret super fun part about this piece quite yet, so keep an eye out for the finished piece on my blog! (& other social media, of course!)

That is everything I have to share with you guys today! I am currently working on some larger projects and trying to get those finished up, so you may notice a lack of artwork. Hopefully I will be able to show you all the stuff I've been working on super soon and just dump it all in one epic blog post!

Thank you! Have a lovely week!

Ashley xoxo

Thursday, September 7, 2017

I feel like napping.

Hey everyone! I'm sleepy!

I just have a quick little post for today. I have been super busy with some new freelancing jobs, so I haven't been creating as many personal projects. Once the project is completed though, I will definitely share it with you all here!

Some fun news - My boyfriend Charles and I are participating in Chalk the Block this year! We took last year off but decided that it might be fun to try it again. This is the piece that we did two years ago of Wednesday Addams:

  We have a new piece in the works that we are super excited about! Now we just have to pray that we don't get rained on.

I did this piece last week sometime with some Copic markers. I wanted to try to have it be more muted and earth toned than normal, and it turned out just how I hoped. I always seem to have trouble getting markers to not be super vibrant and fake looking when I do portraits of people, so I was really happy with the results of this doodle.

And finally, here is a cute little doodle of my dog. I love all of the facial expressions he makes and the way his body is shaped - - - its so comical! So I started making silly sketches of him. This one was definitely my favorite!

As always, thank you guys for your continued support! I appreciate you all so much!

Ashley xoxo

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tnees Tpees, Craft Lake City, & More Doodles!

Hey everyone!

I have some fun fabric designs to share with you guys. Tnee's Tpees ( asked me to do some watercolor fabric designs for her company.  The fabrics are going to be used for children's teepees and for blankets as well! I'm really excited about this opportunity and can't wait to get my hands on one of the blankets (They look super cozy)!

 Here are the swatches of each individual design! There also are some promotional photos of the printed designs for you guys to check out. It's always super fun to see my work printed!




I also just finished up Craft Lake City's DIY festival this weekend! It was my first time having a booth there and it was SO FUN! I made some little iron-on patches to sell there as well. They were such a hit, I'm going to be making some more to sell online!

Finally, here are a few lil doodles:

(it's a tiny Triceratops in trifocals... get it??) 

Thank you all for your continued support! You guys keep me going, for real.

Ashley xoxo

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Under the Sea - Process Post

Hey everyone!
I recently finished up a super fun commission and wanted to show you guys some of the process in creating it! Last time I did a progress post, there was a really positive response, so I thought I would try again and see how it goes! If you are having trouble viewing the details of some of the images, just click on them and it should magnify the image for you a little bit!

The pieces were created for a nursery for the client's baby girl. The only prompt they gave me was that there would be an "under the sea" theme. I presented a few different options to them in the initial sketches, but they decided this was their favorite option:

Messy, right?
Then I tightened up the idea in this sketch: 

Here are each of the individual sketches up close:

(Sidenote: If you take a closer look at the previous boat, you will see it looks a little different! We ended up changing the idea of the boat to look more sailor-esque by adding a life preserver!)


 Once the client was happy with how everything looked, I did some mock-ups for color palettes. They had a specific color they wanted to paint the nursery (seafoam green/teal), so I tried to keep that in mind while selecting a color palette! Here are all of the options I gave them:

 They decided on this one as the final color palette:
(one of my favorites!)

With everything good to go, I primed the canvas with gesso and then started sketching out the creatures:

Then I applied a thin, watery layer of acrylic to the canvas:

I wanted the water to look a little imperfect and streaky from the very beginning so that I wouldn't have to pile on a bunch of paint for the water. Also, I usually like to build up acrylic with the details and keep the background thin and more transparent - I think it adds a nice sense of depth and completion in the final product!

Here's some more progress...:


I was still experimenting during this stage, but decided that I wanted to do dry brushing on the objects and creatures and then add a dark outline with a Prismacolor pencil. When everything was completed, I sprayed the canvases with a sealant so that the Prismacolor pencil wouldn't smear!

...and of course, that's where the progress shots stop. I started focusing on completing the pieces in time and totally spaced taking photos! Oh well though - at least it got done, right?

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 Here are some detail shots of the piece:






 Overall, I'm super pleased with the outcome! Children's book-type illustration is always my favorite.
If you are interested in commissions, please email

Thank you all for your continued support!

Ashley xoxo