Friday, October 24, 2008

Ok, so this is the piece I've been promising for ages.



Ashley, who was my family dog of (almost!) 16 years, passed away in August and this is my tribute to her. Take it as you will - perhaps she is gently being whisked away into the sky... or is she just arriving to the place she most wants to be?

Coincidentally, a signed 10 x 20 print of this will be auctioned at the Purr-casso Art Auction in Berkeley on Nov 9th to raise money for shelter animals. Ashley would have wanted it that way <3

I apologize for the lack of updates lately. I've sort of hit a rut and a fork in the road with my artwork and I feel that what I'm creating just doesn't communicate how I see myself now, if that makes any sense. I've been feeling an urge for change and exploration for some time now, so who knows what the next update will be like to this blog. All I know is that it's time for some new direction and ideas... that don't involve shiny sparkly things with big eyes. Let's face it - you can only draw stuff geared towards 3 year olds for so long before you snap. ;)

Oops - forgot to mention, this was done in Illustrator and Photoshop!

16 comments:

damon said...

very nice

EZG said...

Hrm. I really dig the look of this. I've done my fair share of illustrator stuff, but it always comes out sort of flat looking. I really like the texture you've achieved here (and I'm assuming this is illustrator artwork because I love jumping to conclusions.)

Becky said...

Sorry for your loss, I know how special pets are. Did you do this in illustrator? It looks a lot like paper cut out, so if you did this with illustrator it looks awesome!

Steph said...

Thank you, guys! This was indeed done in Illustrator with the texturing in Photoshop.

Sarah Forrester said...

This is gorgeous, Steph! A really wonderful tribute, I can feel the love you put into it. I love the lighting!

BARBARA said...

To m this illustration conveys that Ashley has found her way back to the time when she was young and full of life, and you were young and the light of her life. In death, she has found her way home.

Mom

Eric Poulton said...

Wow Steph, this is a really nice piece. It's beautiful and it hits very close to home for me.

I'm really excited to see what new direction you're thinking of exploring.

*daisy said...

beautiful piece- lovely colors and very touching. I love making art about my pets (past and present!)

Hope to see more stuff from you sooner rather than later!

Caro said...

oh wow i love this one!

caseyleonard said...

awww my doggy died in august too :(
nice drawring

Gerald said...

That's so nice of you to create that illustration for the auction. It's a great looking piece. Love the lighting.

Debbie Meyer said...

Wow! This is gorgeous! I'm bummed that I won't be at the auction cuz there's nothing better than beautiful artwork with doggies! My fave! :) (Sorry for the loss of Ashley.)

You do amazing work, Steph!

Fabián Fucci said...

Beautiful use of textures.

Alina Chau said...

beautiful!

"TORI CAT" said...

I love this picture!!
Its so nice and a great tribute to your fury friend.
I lost my dog not so long ago, so i know just how you feel.
Its the most heart breaking thing in the world!! ;(
YOu can see a little piece i made in memory my bundle of fluff on my blog! I miss him so much. He was my bestest friend in the whole word.
Sorry for your loss.
Big hugs.x

Thomas F. Dougherty said...

Beautiful image, very touching.