9 years of my “Astrid” painting tradition

My new year / winter tradition is to paint a new picture of Astrid, a character of mine who wears big fluffy dresses and has big fluffy hair. She’s pretty fun to paint. Oh, and she has a pet dragon.
Annual Astrid painting: every year I paint the same girl going on new adventures!

This year’s will be #10. It’s pretty cool to think that I’ve managed to continue this tradition for a full decade (it began in 2005). Some years I see big jumps in my artistic growth – the goal, as always, is to set the bar high for the coming year!

See all of the Astrid paintings up close by clicking on the image above. I think my favorite is still 2011’s, where she’s trying to keep her magic moth out of her baby dragon’s mouth.

I’ll start Astrid 2014 pretty soon, so watch this space for all the exciting sketches and thrilling developments. 😉

My art is on Entertainment Weekly’s GOT blog!

OMG! The coolest thing ever happened to me today!!

Check it out, Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd linked my artwork, Dracarys, on his Game of Thrones recap! (With permission, of course).

You can read his great episode recap here (caution, Game of Thones spoilers within!!): http://tvrecaps.ew.com/recap/game-of-thrones-now-his-watch-ended/

(My artwork is on page 7)

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My art is on the front of a Nintendo DS game box!!!

There’s awesome, and then there’s THIS:

Solitaire MahJong Ancient China Adventure was my last project at Webfoot. I drew these characters for use in-game and never really expected to see them again, but here they are: on the FRONT. OF. THE. BOX!

I’ve got art on the back of boxes… but I always assumed the front was reserved for professional box artists – the kind who specialize experts in creating something so compelling it inspires an impulse purchase. I thought maybe someday I might get art on the front of something, but not now – not at 26, with my entire artistic career still ahead of me.

I didn’t get to compose the image, but it’s made of art I drew and colored myself. And that’s just so freaking COOL!!!