Thursday, July 24, 2014


In preparation for Comicon, I have created a postcard and t-shirt design. I will show a picture of the t-shirt later here is the postcard design with the process. Fun, fun! If you are planning to go to Comicon this weekend in San Diego, say hi! I am looking forward to some great workshops, panels (Walking Dead, Bob's Burgers, Community, Nerdist, Mythbusters are among some favs) seeing friends, and meeting other artists. I am also preparing for a personal project just for fun, just to well, you know, draw cats! Hence, the message on the postcard about it. I started posting people as cats on reddit here are some cat pictures from that and other cats: If you have any ideas of famous people, key figures in history, or people you know please send requests of anyone you want to be catified. Anyway, cheers to an exciting weekend!!!!

Final Postcard Design 4x6"

Direct Scan (loses some color in this process)
Inked Sketch
Initial Brainstorm sketches

Monday, July 14, 2014

Dance of Hope

"Dance of Hope" 6"x6" Ink and Watercolor Sketch
 The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, our Literary Ladies book club choice this month has inspired me to do a small sketch tonight. The book is about how flowers hold different meanings so I painted daffodils today, the flower of "hope" in my search for an art teaching job for next school year. I have been interviewing at different schools as I wait to hear back I am crossing my fingers, and so are my daffodils! Though I have not yet found a replacement printer/scanner I was not able to clearly scan, though I like the old look the photo provides. May these daffodils also give you luck for your future prospects this year!

Edit: I got the job! Hooray!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Amy's Baby Shower

I painted this today for my friend Amy's baby shower, she is expecting her 2nd child soon! I forgot to get a photo of the piece with the frame on it, so I may add another photo to show that as well.

"For Finn" ~5x3" Acrylic on Canvas
sketch w/frame

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Daddy Bird Day!

Happy Dad's Day everywhere! Here is a painting inspired from one of the photos my dad took, his admiration of the beauty in nature reflected in his nature photography. Growing up, he always helped me to admire the splendor of the world around us, which I am thankful for!

Photo ©2014 Gary Soodak

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Plein Air Painting

Uh oh, I may be addicted! Lately, I have enjoyed painting out in the wild aka "en plein air". Here are some photos from some recent adventures:

Starting with thumbnails sketches
mixing colors and toning the canvas
oil painting "in progress" Back Bay

watercolor Balboa Island

Dog Park watercolor sketch 

sketch on canvas, San Juan Capistrano


9x12 ,Oil ,San Juan Capistrano train Station SOLD

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

This is a scene taken from last week's juant in Laguna Beach when my mom visited me and my sister from the other side of the state. It is important to appreciate your mom more than one day a year, so Happy Mother's Day to moms all over the world, all year 'round!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Trés Acrylics

Here are three quick acrylics I have made for gifts in the last week! What fun painting in different media! I also liked experimenting with a more painterly quality. Almost done with my animation class, so I will post those soon. Will soon prepare for the next art adventure: Oil Plein air painting, any tips? Comment below.

Miss Giraffe 5x5 acrylic on canvas

Dandy Hedgehog 6x6 acrylic on board

Cat and Squirrel Garden  5x5 acrylic on canvas