Saturday, June 10, 2017

Doodle Drop

Hey everyone!

First off, I added some new prints to my online shop - check em out HERE!

So I've been doing a lot of sketching lately and thought it would be fun to do a quick little post of some of the most recent drawings I've doodled up! Enjoy!

Have a great weekend! 


Ashley xoxox

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Shadow Box Progress/Mother's Day Commissions

Hey everyone!

It's been a minute! These last few weeks have been super crazy for me, so I'm glad I was able to find some down time to post on my blog! 

I have been trying to document my progress on my artwork a lot more lately. It's been (sort of) successful, so I thought I would share some of my progress shots for some shadow boxes I finished up these past few weeks! The first one is a custom shadow box similar to "The Stuntman" shadow box I did for my Life in a Box show last October.

First, I started out with some concept sketches - 

 Once the client was happy with the character design and layout of the shadow box, I started moving forward with painting the individual pieces for the shadow box. I use Arches watercolor paper and sketch out the characters and objects, then I do some light acrylic washes over the top and build up the layers from there. Once I get the pieces to their completed state, then I cut the pieces out using some itty-bitty scissors. 

I didn't do such a great job taking photos of this step, but you get the basic idea!


  I used string and some transparent gold vellum to make the string lights look a little more exciting! I also used string for the stars. 

Once all of the pieces are cut out, I use a long rectangle of watercolor paper to mount to the back of the piece so that it gives it a "pop-up" effect when I layer them in the box!

Here is the final product! -

In the future, I will try to take more detailed progress shots so it's a little easier to follow what I am doing!

 I had another personalized shadow box commission for Mother's Day - it was a Star Wars-themed shadow box and it was WAY too much fun to paint!

Here were some of the concept sketches and character designs - 



 Starting to arrange everything on the watercolor paper at this stage! I measure out the size of the box and the pieces inside of it appropriately before painting anything so I can make sure I won't have any issues with fitting the pieces in the box when it's all done!

Here is a better look at what the pieces look like in the in-between stage before they are mounted in the shadow box -  

...And finally - the finished product! We added a little chuck of Tauntaun meat last minute. 😆



Here's another fun Mother's Day commission I got to do! I sketched it out on Mixed Media paper first with a Prismacolor Col-Erase pencil and then filled in the colors with Copic markers and a black Prismacolor pencil for the outlines. Highlights were done with a gel pen!

I just wanted to take a moment before wrapping up this blog post to show you all the wonderful and amazing photography by Tenette Espinoza (click HERE to check out more of her gorgeous work!) She took some awesome photos of me drawing and playing piano in my house the other day and I am in love with them. I'm not super great at posing for photographs, but she always makes me feel super cute and comfortable. I highly recommend her for any photography needs you have!



 Thank you all so much for your continued support! Love you all! Have a nice Memorial Day weekend!


xoxo Ashley

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Flash Sale!

Hey everyone!
I'm currently having a flash sale on all of my prints in my online store! I want to make room for some new prints, so I'm trying to get some of my old ones out of the way! Everything in my store is currently 20-40% off. The sale runs until April 4th at 5pm MST, so stop by and grab a print or two if you want! Here's a link to my store:

I've been working on quite a few commissions this week and I'm hoping to have some more to show you guys soon! This custom Harry Potter commission was way fun to illustrate!  I created it with Copic and Prismacolor markers on some mixed media paper by Strathmore. I love using the mixed media paper mostly because it's extremely durable. I love layering markers and pencils and pens and stuff, so I find it really holds up well with my process!

 I also have been obsessed with watching The Great British Baking Show lately! (Anyone else with me??) Baking is one of my favorite things to do in my spare time, so it's fun to watch a friendly competition about it. I pick up a lot of techniques from it (and get really hungry, too!) They always say to watch out for "soggy bottoms" with their pies and tarts on the show and it always makes me giggle.

Finally, I started working on a custom shadow box these past couple weeks and wanted to share a bit of the beginning stages with you guys! I'm thinking of documenting the whole process so that I can make a blog post about it from start to finish when it's done!

As always, thank you guys for your continued support! If you have any questions or would like to inquire about a commission, please feel free to email me at

Thank you all!

Ashley xoxo

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Laundry is Dumb + Other Stuff

 Hey everyone!
Here are some of the things I have been working on these past couple weeks. I'm currently catching up on a bunch of commissions, so I will be able to show those to you guys once everything is finalized!

I basically just scribbled this hair. It ended up being the therapy I needed. haha

 Laundry is literally the worst thing in the entire world. Well, okay, it is to me! I always put it off until the last second, so there is always an enormous pile to deal with!

 This sketch was actually done a while ago, but I was looking through some sketch books and found it. I remember when I drew it, I wasn't super stoked on how it looked. But a year later, I found it and actually think it's pretty fun!

I was messing around with different style choices in my sketchbook yesterday and posted it on Instagram. Someone pointed out that it looks a lot like Mel Milton's work (check his stuff out HERE). I was definitely flattered!

 I started working on this little wood piece yesterday as well! I carved it out of some balsa wood (I think?), primed it, and then started to paint on it with gouache. It's looking a lot like Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service, but I'm hoping to have it look a little less like her by the time I'm done with it! Maybe a little more on the creepy side? I guess we will see!

 I sketched this out on International Women's Day and then put it in Photoshop to clean up a bit.

That's everything for this week! Thanks for the support, as always! :)


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Doodle Drop!

Hey everyone!
So I have a bazillion sketches and doodles to show you guys! I have been drawing a lot lately, but haven't been feeling very inspired. Seems strange, I know, but I just feel like I need to get out of my comfort zone or something! I have been doing a lot of photo shoots lately for head models, so I am hoping to get some head renderings done soon to change it up a bit!
 Character design of my good friend, Marie. She's a babe, so it was easy to make the drawing look good.

 The start of a painting of a girl with a planet for a head... just normal stuff here.

Here is the same painting with some more done to it. I am hoping to have it finished sometime this week or next!

 More space stuff. See what I mean about needing to change it up?? Maybe it's not a big deal. Space is pretty awesome.

Sketch #1...
 ... and sketch #2! 

I started this piece thinking it would be beautiful, but it ended up being way creepier than expected. It is both a blessing and a curse.

 Happy Chinese New Year! - Done in Photoshop

...and it was Valentine's Day, too! Personally, I think the holiday is pure silly, goopiness, but I wanted to try to make valentine card that I wouldn't mind giving to someone!

Submission for Women Who Draw - check it out! It's a great site with an awesome mission!
And finally - I was asked to create another flyer for Kilby Court in Salt Lake City. I had space on the mind (big surprise) and I wanted to test out some fun, hand-drawn, retro typography! I'm pretty happy with the results! 

Thank you all so much for your continued support!