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Exploring with Ink & Watercolor

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I've had a little more free time lately to experiment with some of my favorite supplies! Last night, I created a few colorful, abstract studies. I built up layers of washes using  Acrylics, Watercolor, &  India Ink. Each act a little different of the paper. I may create a blog soon going more into detail with what you can achieve with each! 

My Favorite Supplies: 
Golden High Flow Acrylics
Dr. Martin Bombay India Ink
White Goauche (or watered-down acyrlic) 
Sumi Ink Brushes
Toothbrushes (for splatter!) 
Windsor Newton Watercolor Pan Set

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I painted these on Precut 5X7 Watercolor Paper..that way they're all set to be framed! & I also enjoy working on a smaller size to experiment..that way I can work on three pieces at once and not get bored while allowing the others to dry.

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I also experimented with adding some gel bead texture..that gave an interesting texture.  

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You can also achieve interesting effects when splattering Rubbing Alcohol (Isopropyl 91%) on the wet paint!  After (patiently...) allowing the pieces to dry, I sometimes splatter white paint and add details with iridescent colors for a cosmic look. 

The Frogs of Tatnall Square Park

Last winter, I was asked to be take part in a book project titled "The Frogs of Tatnall Square Park"  written by John Carter.  I was selected as one of several local artists to create an illustration with the goal of raising money for our park! I chose to illustrate verse 12:

"Morgan was pleased with the things that she witnessed Children laughed and played on the playground equipment There was even a train called the Tom Thumb It didn't last very long but filled the park with fun"

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new year, new goals, new art

I started this sketch blog about a year and a half ago after quitting my job and hoping to possibly find some kind of career in the ART universe. At first I didn't know where to begin. I felt confused and afraid people would not take me seriously, but I knew I had to get over that.  So, I became very dedicated in sketching every day and sharing it here. I met fellow illustrators, writers, travelers & art enthusiasts...learned from them and became inspired again! I took some time but eventually, I began freelancing full-time and obtaining more and more art and illustration jobs. It was hard-work but so, so rewarding! & I've been lucky enough to work with people all over the world!

Unfortunately...keeping busy has caused me to neglect this blog. & I want to change that! Being active on this blog was a big influence on me starting up my art career.

So! Here are my 2015 Art Goals: 

1. Blog often! Share my art, projects, post tutorials, & write more!

2. Create a series of illustrations that I can use in both an art show AND produce prints to sell online.

3. Begin selling small original artwork online along with art prints.

4. TRAVEL...somewhere anywhere!! & sketch the places I see.

5. Become more involved in my local art community. Teach more classes, meet new people, share my art!

Well that's about it for now. I have posted lots of my latest art here on my portfolio website. But I will be posting more here soon.

Thanks again to everyone who has supported and inspired me.

-Casie T

The Guardians: Explore

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Earlier this year I had the opportunity to create an illustration for a board game called

The Guardians: Explore!

It's being kickstarted right now! Once it's funded, I will be able to create more artwork for it! Here is the link: http://kck.st/1xua3yK

My process is below:

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A few details:

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Dream Tree

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"Dream Tree" an illustration I created for the GCSU Alumni Art Show! I've always enjoyed drawing trees so thought it would be nice to create an colorful and imaginative version of my favorite tree on campus. I will also be selling this illustration as a Giclée Print soon! Feel free to contact me if you're interested :)

Also! I have a new portfolio website! Please check it out!