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“Orange is the New Black” T-Shirt Designs for Sale on TeePublic!

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I have managed to put a few of my character designs into t-shirt designs, yay! I am slowly converting some of them over, but lately I have managed to get up a few for “Orange is the New Black.”

Thanks for inviting me, Teepublic!

My Teepublic storefront is here:Β https://www.teepublic.com/user/schomiak

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Willow Tree Wedding Illustration

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A few months ago, a friend from the studio asked if I would do a custom illustration for her wedding invitations. They were getting married by a willow tree, so she wanted that incorporated πŸ™‚ It was definitely fun to do, I sort of wanted a Golden Book feeling… and of course it was so great that she was so happy with it. πŸ™‚

Here is the finished illustration:

colour_FINAL_Nov4Here is a close-up of the bride and groom:

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Here is what I did for the actual front of the invite:

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“Christmas in Connecticut” sketch

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This past Christmas, things did not go as planned. [Such is life!] However, I managed one sketch earlier on in December, based on a classic Christmas film “Christmas in Connecticut” [1945].

Next year I hope to do a lot more based on my fav holiday films! πŸ™‚

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Inktober 2014 sketches

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Life has been CRAZY lately with lots of work [most of which I cannot post!], so I wasn’t able to do as many Inktober sketches this year as I would have liked. HOWever, I managed to squeeze out a few, here they are πŸ™‚

A real disguise. [pencil crayon, brush pen]

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A doggy from Gastown. [Colerase, pencil, brush pen]

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Chatting on the skytrain. [Colerase, brush pen]

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Gastown dude. [Marker, brush pen]

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Jammin’ in Gastown. [Colerase, brush pen]

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Our cats, Mowgli [the striped one] about to pounce on Ema [the grey one]. [Marker, brush pen]

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Mowgli & Ema ready for Halloween. [Marker, colerase, brush pen]

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Even Norman Bates got into the Inktober spirit. [Marker, colerase, brush pen]

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Piles o’ pumpkins. [Colerase, brush pen]

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My wife and I taking advantage of a rainy Sunday. [Marker, colerase, brush pen]

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A viking hat in Gastown. [Colerase, brush pen]

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Downton Abbey’s Elizabeth McGovern is holding my sketch!

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A few months back, I decided to do a sketch series based on the much-loved characters from BBC’s “Downton Abbey”. Here is a sampling of a few of them:

imageSoon after I posted the sketch of Robert & Cora Crawley (actors Hugh Bonneville & Elizabeth McGovern – see above in top right), I had someone contact me on Twitter. She said she was family friends with Elizabeth McGovern, who apparently also plays in a band called “Sadie & the Hotheads”. She wanted to know if I would do another sketch of her in the same style – but this time also as her playing in her band. She wanted to give it to her as a birthday gift.

Of course, I did have my doubts that she actually “knew” her – who wouldn’t in this age of social media?? But I did the drawing anyway; it sounded like a fun idea. See below what resulted.

Here is the sketch; I did the roughs in pencil, but cleaned it up digitally so I could email it to her in England to print out and frame.

cora_kirsty_signatureAnd here is a pic from Twitter that shows Elizabeth McGovern up close and personal – happily clutching my sketch! WHAAAAA—-!!

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A cool moment, indeed πŸ™‚ High five, Twitter!

A commission: Steve & Carolyn

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One of my favourites things to do is to do sketches or illustrations for people for special occasions. It is always surprising when people contact me, and what they want drawn – it’s never a dull moment!

This one was fun – a childhood friend contacted me and said that a good friend of her was getting married, and they wanted to give her and her fiance a special gift at the wedding shower. But they also wanted a version of the drawing done like a colouring book, so the kids could colour it! That was a fantastic idea, I thought!

Here is the rough sketch I did of them – colerase blue pencil on animation paper. [I did a bunch of sketches from the pics my friend sent me, but this was the sketch I liked the most.]

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Here is the “colouring book” version of the drawing. I cleaned it up digitally instead of inking it by hand because then it takes a while to get rid of the blue pencil.

sheila_cleanFINALHere is the final coloured illustration – my friend told me she always wears purple, so I made sure to make her dress purple πŸ™‚ I also added some details from an outfit she was wearing in one of the photos I was sent. [See below for engagement photo of Steve & Carolyn to compare to drawing.]

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Congrats Steve & Carolyn! Hope you liked the illustration πŸ™‚

Orange is the New Black. Art. UPDATED.

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UPDATED JULY 6, 2014:

I did a quick sketch of Pennsatucky and decided to tweet it out the actress who plays her TOO well – Taryn Manning – for fun! πŸ™‚ To my complete surprise, she tweeted me back! See below πŸ™‚

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The wifey and I have jumped on board for the new-ish Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black”…. even though a lot of the time our mouths are gaping open and asking “WHAT did they just say???!!!”

Ya can’t deny the characters are amazing, and having completed Season 2…. what a great storyline! I decided to draw all the characters, but I started with Red [see below]. And then I heard of this fanart competition, and decided to create something for that too. [see above] Why not???


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