Thursday, November 8, 2012

Resolution Tee + the Blue Rose

Lately I have been working with the founder of Resolution Tee, submitting designs for various tee shirts. As of November 1st, they are open! I am happy to announce that 7 of my paintings are available as t-shirt designs there. I will be creating new designs for shirts as well, both in my ink style and my doodle style. I am working on 2 new designs, so be on the lookout! There may be canvas prints available at some point too.

In other news, I have completed the cover design for the upcoming murder mystery novel "The Blue Rose" by Gloria Alden, which is the first in a series: "A Catherine Jewell Mystery". This has been a great project for me- I enjoyed the practice of the skills needed to make this kind of look and feel. I still have a lot to learn, but overall I am extremely happy with the final design and excited for the final product. 

The book is not released yet, so consider this your sneak peek! I was lucky to get to read some of the book before anyone else. It's great so far! Intriguing and well written - I just cant wait to get the book so I can read it all! The book will be available via print and Amazon, more info coming soon. I will be sure to let the world know the release date as soon as I know it.

As Always, Love to the World,

Friday, October 19, 2012

fritchie's Busting Out!

That's right: it's time! Time for me to make my mark on the world. In the time since I have graduated from the Art Institute of Washington, I have participated in a couple art shows but have been mainly working my job as a Visual Designer at K12. I was fortunate to cross paths with K12 at my portfolio show, and have been working with them ever since. I have been blessed with the opportunity to showcase my different skills. I've illustrated online kids books and create interactive learning assets for students in elementary, middle, and high school. I have started to learn code here and there, and to top it off I am the lead designer for the generation 2 Algebra course and the only designer working on the Algebra game.

As the lead designer, I get to create assets, animate short videos/cartoons, and design everything associated with the game. I made decisions about the visual styles and experimented with new ideas to incorporate into the course. I re-skinned an old review game for the new course and worked with two other designers to implement new templates for production. 

Even with all the work at K12, I have been slowly but surely getting myself ready for big things. Piece by piece I have been collecting all I want and need for my art studio. With being in a new house, my studio is currently in boxes. When my drop canvases come in next week, they will be the final piece of the puzzle and all I will have to do it put it all together! I want the drop canvases on the floor and one wall, so its hard to get my desk and shelves where I want them until the drop canvases get here. I have taken a "before" photo of the studio, I will also take an "after" shot to show the difference. 

I have also been working on a book cover for Gloria Alden's "The Blue Rose". Its a murder mystery, and the first of a series. The cover is almost complete, and I will be able to show that off soon.

I'm not done yet! I have been contacted by quite a few people in various parts of Europe for gallery work and shows. So far, I have had to temporarily decline- until I get my studio set up and I am able to create new works, I dont want to show. At the moment, I only have older paintings available and I feel that would be an out-dated representation of who I am as an artist. They're still my style, and of course they are still mine...but I will be even happier when its all new work that will be shown in a gallery. I will keep updated.

Still not done! I've started working with the owner/president of Resolution Tee. I am a designer on board for their Nov 1st public opening! Designs and paintings by me will be available for sale through Resolution Tee. For the opening, there will be between 5-10 designs available. More designs will get released with time, and new designs will be added as well! This is my first step into merchandise, and I am very excited to keep it going and expand. Resolution Tee on Facebook

Last bit of news, I will now be online very often. I am working on getting my art dresses (which I am going to be using in photo shoots of myself and my art) and a professional photo shoot planned. I am still on the search for a digital video editor, someone who wants to film me painting and doing different things then cut and edit it together (contact me if you know anyone interested!)

I will be updating the public with news, pics, paintings, and interesting art world finds. Please let your friends know about me! I always look forward to meeting new people so if you ever see me around, dont be shy!

Love to all!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Baby Canvases III: The Brats are Back Again!

December marked the 3rd year of Baby Canvases Art Show at the Soundry in Vienna, VA. This is my second year participating, and i was excited to see the new space the soundry has for viewing. All the paintings are 2" x 3" in size and all were marked for sale. So far some are sold and others are not, I will keep updated on which will be available after the viewings are over.

The turnout was amazing! I loved the crowd of people cooing over little artworks scattered all over. There were so many different art styles that there was something there for everyone to like. I purchased a few pieces by other artists because I couldn't resist!

You can visit The Soundry here:
The Soundry

You can see the individual paintings at my dA page here:
Individual Paintings

Here are some photos I took while I was at the show:

Monday, March 21, 2011

Loving Life

Here is a quick digital painting for all to enjoy. I call it "Royal Flush"

I have been settling in to my new job as a Visual Designer at K12! I am also working with Lola's Laboratory, which is a kids camp for the arts.

If you are wondering what exactly K12 is, just visit their website!
Same with Lola's Lab!

So far I have gotten to make Flash illustrations for middle school science, 1st grade reader book covers, and I am working on a 2nd grade level childrens book about birds! I love that my work is being used to help children learn, it is very fulfilling!

I apologize for not posting in so long, once again. I really to want to get in the habit of posting every couple days. I think of something interesting to say but dont write it down...then I forget. Guess its time to change that habit!

Love to the world <3

Monday, February 14, 2011

What Inspires Me

I found a very neat thing called an Influence Map. It's for artists to show and really think about what has inspired them throughout their life. I want to share mine with all of you to better get to know me as an artist. Enjoy! If you want to make one yourself, I posted the link at the bottom.

Tinkerbell- she was the first character I was obsessed with drawing. I learned to draw by doodling tinkerbell and Sailor Moon over and over again.

Van Gogh- I have "Starry Night Over the Rhone" hanging in my bedroom and have had it there growing up. It has always inspired me in a way that is hard to describe.

Precious Moments- I used to fill up coloring books of these cute creatures. My great grandmother got me the birthyears set from infant to twelve that I still own and hold dear to my heart.

Sailor Moon- Like many girls, me and some old girlfriends would get together and watch the show almost every day. I loved the girls so i practiced my drawing skills sketching them.

Disney Classics- Growing up I watched a ton of cartoons, and I loved Disney. I know a lot about the company's history and find it interesting, too! So it's not just the characters, just Disney as a whole. Disney pre-2000.

Devita Stipek Writer-I discovered her work while on the cruise ship Carnival Valor. Her murals were on the walls everywhere. Georgeous landscapes using bright colors and broad brush strokes. I find it very appealing to the mind and the eye.

Lisa Frank- The colors attracted me, of course. I liked to collect Lsa Frank stuff as a little girl. Perhaps that is one reason I love extensive (but properly done) use of color.

Tex Avery- I love Red Hot Riding Hood, and Droopy Dog was such a little player! As a kid, I liked the cartoons of retold fairy tales.

Alphonse Mucha- Art Nouveau at its best. I learned a lot about anatomy, detail and texture from just looking at his work.

Garette Johnson- I met Garette a couple years ago at Gigacon. She is a professional fashion illustrator living in New York and I was just a student at the time. I have watched her painting demos at Gigacon and they are both inspirational and full of helpful knowledge for me. I learned a lot from her and I love her work. She is a very cool woman who is passionate at what she does, and I have a lot of respect for that.

Francesca Lia Block- A writer but an artist in her own mind. My absolute favorite author! I won most all of her books. I like her use of imagery and the way she writes is so different from anyone else! From her website: "Author Francesca Lia Block is renowned for her groundbreaking novels and stories—postmodern, magic-realist tales that transport readers through the harsh, gritty landscapes of contemporary life to transcendent realms of the senses where love is always our saving grace."

Anneli Olander- She is my favorite living artist. I respect her ambition and talent. I like the way the she paints, thinks, and lives her life.

Fafi- She inspires me because she is young, ambitious, and succussful. I want to be more like her, but still be me....fritchie! She is a french graffiti artist and I just love the fact her work is painted on on all sorts of things and places.

Michael Turner- He was the first comic artist that I truly loved the way he drew. The faces, especially. Not only that, it wasn't the normal superhero comics all the boys read. It was something different, Aspen Comics gave me something more.

Edwin Georgi- Probably my favorite painter of all time. He uses his brush much like Van Gogh did but his color use was brighter. He was a less-depressed person and his women seem flawless like goddesses

Ralph Bakshi- I love that he wasnt afraid to push boundaries and create the first x-rated cartoon. I also like the character "Holli Would"

Gil Elvgren- the greatest american pin up artist. I love pin up girls, and I think just as many girls like them as boys do. His anatomy is spot on and I love the innocent sexy look.

Not Shown:
fashion- As a woman and an artist i can never get enough of fashion. Fashion magazines can be the best reference and inspiration sometimes. I like both vintage and up-to-date magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Harper's Bazaar

art nouveau- "An artist should work on everything from architecture to furniture design so that art would become a part of everyday life. By making beauty and harmony a part of everyday life, artists make people's lives better." I believe this 100%.

vintage/antiques- I love old things, they have a story of their own. Vintage can be very classy and intriguing.

You can find the blank Influence map here.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!

Although 2010 was a wonderful year for me, I am greatly looking forward to what is in store for me this year. I have a job interview later this week with the company k12 as a visual designer. k12 is an online school, you can learn all about them at their site:
This is a great opportunity with a prestigious company, so I am very appreciative of such good luck in the new year!

With love to the world,

As for a something for you to enjoy, here is one of my favorite drawings from a little over a year ago. She's just a sketchbook girl I decided to color.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Booth Pics from Grad Show

How was everyone's holidays? Hopefully they went well, as did mine. I wanted to share a picture of my booth back from the show on Dec 15th, 2010.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Graduation Portfolio Show

The AIW Portfolio Show was on December 15, 2010. I now have my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts & Animation!

My website is up and functioning, just give it sufficient time to load on your computer

I have four paintings for sale at the Soundry for the Cartoon Cult Show. I will have more info and photos once the show has finished.

Also, Happy Holidays to everyone! I made this quick digital painting for all to enjoy. I call it "Winter Calm". Total time- 25 minutes.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Doodle Dump!

I am proud to announce that I am now a graduating senior at the Art Institute of Washington! I will be graduating on December 15, so I have been busy getting together all that I need. On the day of my graduation, there will be a portfolio show for all the graduating students where we have a chance to showcase our work. I am working on a booth with an art nouveau 1920ish theme. The main effort is building a wall, adding wallpaper, and adding the wood paneling/moulding. I will share pictures once the wall is built!

I would share some of my portfolio work, but I think it is best to wait to show all my fine work on my real website. It is a requirement i have one by graduation so it wont be long before I have a gorgeous gallery for all to enjoy.

I will be nice and share some of my favorite doodles from the couple weeks.

Peace to All,

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Painting Away!

So I just wanted to update to let everyone know I'm still out here, painting! I've got new glasses, too (see profile!) I knew they were perfect for me when i seen the tiger print on the inside of them, they're adorable.

I have uploaded new work to my place at deviantart:

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I will be going back to school next week to scan all the new stuff! Au revoir, darlings.