Thursday, December 3, 2015

What A Month!

     Holy moley what a month it has been!  Exciting and jam-packed with work!  So lets get to it.

For starters two books came out this month.

First one the AMAZING Going to Disneyland - A Guide for Kids & Kids at Heart by Shannon Willis Laskey.

Where do I begin on how amazing this book is... besides the fact that it is full of little facts and secrets about Disney and Disneyland.  I couldn't put it down.  The design is fun and creative, the facts are intriguing, and the featured artists' work is perfect!  Here is a little list :

Mary Blair (of course)
Chris Buchholz
Sam Carter
Scott Cocking
Rolly Crump (incredible, as per usual)
Lindsay Gibson
Marisa Lerin
Adrian Mentus
Heather Mettra
Kolby Ratigan
W. Jason Weesner
Steve Willis
And YOURS TRULY of course!

Here is a little peek of the book

going to guides going to disneyland a guide for kids and kids at heart

going to disneyland a guide for kids and kids at heart sneak peek

going to disneyland sneak peek

Here are the two pieces I have featured in the book.

First the Neverland 3-D paper/watercolor piece I made

disney peter pan watercolor neverland illustration j shari ewing jennifer ewing

And this Pirates of The Caribbean watercolor I made specially for this book!

pirates of the caribbean captains quarters watercolor painting art jennifer ewing j shari ewing

Rolly Crump even wrote a review for it... I mean c'mon!

"There aren't enough adjectives to describe this incredibly creative book, designed bu a fantastically creative artist.  For starters, it's UNIQUE, IMAGINATIVE, WHIMSICAL, EDUCATIONAL, CHILDLIKE, THOUGHT PROVOKING, INTERESTING, DELIGHTFUL and obviously a labor of love.  It's a wonderful 'memory' book for any and all that visit Disneyland.  What more can I say - I LOVE IT!!!"
----- Rolly Crump, former Imagineer and Disney Legend

     The Second book release this month has been the long awaited Tyler Loves Tape by Arlene Taylor.  I have been working with Arlene on this book for the past year.  It is an adorable story about the fun and adventures of a little octopus names Tyler and his preschool friends.  This adventure is with tape and all the wonderful things they can create.  It is so sweet an innocent, the perfect little book for our little imaginative ones!

Some more sneaky peeks!

Tyler loves tape illustration childrens book j shari ewing

tyler loves tape book illustration animals art jennifer ewing j shari ewing

tyler loves tape childrens book illustration jennifer ewing j shari ewing

tyler loves tape book illustration jennifer ewing j shari ewing

Stay tuned for the next post of the 3-D paper/watercolor pieces I've been working on!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

AAU Auction 2015!

It's official, I have some pieces in The Academy of Arts 20th Annual Faculty + Alumni Fine Art Auction!

Happening Saturday November 14th, 2015
AAU Galleries at The Cannery
2801 Leavenworth St.
San Francisco, CA

They are 7 little pockets sized paintings (approx. 5"x5")
VW Karmann Ghia
VW Bus
Honda  550 Four
Honda cb750
1970 Mini Cooper
and 2 portraits!
Watercolor, Giclee, Ink, Gouache
watercolor motorcycle cafe racer illustration aau art auction

A little sneak peak of my page in the online catalog.  Along with my sad excuse for a bio... writing bios is something I don't think I'll ever enjoy, BLEH!

j. shari ewing art illustration watercolor gouache aau 2015 alumni faculty art auction
For more info click HERE !
Now off to work!  Til next time!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Bonjour Paris!

     Ever since I discovered the movie Funny Face about 5 years ago I've been obsessed.  I go through random spurts of having the soundtrack on repeat in my head (happens without warning), go through about a week's worth of wanting to watch the movie before I actually get around to it, then proceed to have it on repeat in the background all day while I work.

     Yep... a little obsessed.

     Now something new has been added to my weirdo list... an overwhelming desire to draw the characters.  One of the gifts of being able to draw is the joy of having a vision in your head, attempting to translate it onto paper, and FAILING miserably.  Over and over again.

     Luckily for my sanity everything clicked!  Bonjour Audrey!


     For the past 2 years I've been aggressively working on evolving my style into something that feels natural to me and flows whimsically from my fingers.  I'm not quite there yet, but I'm definitely closer!  Now off to struggle with getting the rest of the characters from the movie down.
Wish me luck!

     Also!  Added some new lil funny faces to my Shop!
Feel free to go check them out if you like goofy things, or need something to scare the cat with.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

OoO La La Paper!

     Been busy these past couple weeks with commissions *YEEEE*!   Found out a couple days ago that it's our neighbor's daughters' birthday this weekend and thought I'd make them a little something with their favorite characters.  So commissions on hold for this weekend, let me introduce my little 5x7" summer beauties!

I've never worked with layered paper works this small before so this was definitely a learning experience, which is always a good thing!

work in progress paper art j. shari ewing

They eventually came together... learning experience officially a success!

rapunzel tangled disney paper art illustration watercolor j shari ewing

princess jasmine paper art disney watercolor j shari ewing

princess jasmine rapunzel tangled paper art j shari ewing

Happy Birthday Alexis and Stephanie!  Now back to commissions!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Box Troll Summer

box trolls illustration j shari ewing watercolor ink

     A couple months ago I finally got around to getting Netflix.  I know, doesn't sound like a big deal but I view Netflix as a modern day Pandora's Box.  Seems wonderful until you log in, then all your time disappears and suddenly it's 5 hours later and you have a list of 20+ movies and shows saved to your watch later list... so there goes your personal life, and any productivity you had planned for the next 2 months!

The silver lining to all this is I FINALLY got to see Box Trolls, and I am in love.  Is is such a beautiful movie, from the story to the visuals, beautiful.  So naturally I had to make a little Box Troll tribute!  Laika and all the people involved, you're amazing.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sir Christopher Lee Tribute

 sir christopher lee illustration jennifer ewing j shari ewing art

           A little quick post for the late Sir Christopher Lee.  You have brought joy and inspiration to countless lives and will forever be remembered.  Here's to a beautiful life, CHEERS!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hades Has A Mugshot

Hades has a mugshot and it ain't pretty!  Finished another addition to the villain mugshot series, the Lord of the Underworld.... Hades!

disney villain mugshot illustration j shari ewing jennifer ewing

He is the master of outsourcing crimes, and having fabulous hair.  Hopefully the slammer won't give him split ends.

Stay tuned!  Coming soon I'll be posting a commissioned piece of Neverland I just finished!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Watercolor Cars For Summer!

So this past November my husband and I went down to Anaheim to see the Mecum Auto Auction and I went picture crazy with the cars.  So many beautiful classics!  So I've decided to start painting them... naturally.

cafe racer motorcycle watercolor illustration j shari ewing

volkswagen bus carmengia watercolor illustration j shari ewing

mini cooper illustration j shari ewing jennifer ewing

I'm already having way to much fun with these little pocket size paintings.  More to come!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Villain Mugshots!

Here's a look at a series I've been working on this year... Disney Villain Mugshots!  Inspired by Disney's villains.

It's all fun and games until someone gets arrested.

Celebrities have them... civilians have them... MUGSHOTS.  I don't know what it is about Googling mugshots but it's captivating!

What if our favorite childhood villains had mugshots and they popped up while you were frolicking around the interwebs?  I feel it would look a little something like this...

disney villain queen of hearts mugshot

Once all the Disney villains are done I'll be expanding on to the wide array of villains that movies and  t.v. have to offer! Stay tuned!