28 September 2009

White Lines...filled with Color

The latest piece on wood is finished. The design was freehanded on unfinished wood. The areas outside the main shape were stained. The areas within the shape were filled with color and texture and ideas. Finally, a smattering of white linework was overlaid on the stained areas.
The piece measures about 14x17 and is 1/2" thick. My fingers needed a stretch after i completed this one. But i'll be back at it tomorrow.

27 September 2009

Halloween in My Sights

In the spirit of Halloween, an illustrated mask to color and wear. I will be designing a few of these and listing them in my shop. Add ribbons to tie and match it to your favorite dress for a masquerade party or glue it to a stick for a touch of masquerade kitsch while you're handing out candy to the neighborhood kids.

24 September 2009

Free ARt Download Time!

Hey gang, here's a 5x7 in bright, full color. My "Slouchy Bag" original illustration in ink that i colored in Spectracolor markers and Prismacolor pencils. Just click the image to open it full size in your browser, then drag it onto your desktop so you have a file to print : )
If you enjoy these downloads, please let me know in the comments section. And if you really love them, please be so kind as to read the next post below and consider joining us for this worthwhile event to benefit children.
Thanks bunches!

Paying it Forward

It was a great movie and a great concept; Pay It Forward.
When i watch things like that, they affect me in the way they were likely intended. They motivate me to want to DO something. Make a sacrifice. Do a good deed. Volunteer. Be selfless.
I was watching an episode of Extreme Home Makeover about 5 months ago or so and the couple/family getting the house were incredible, as most of them are. They were perpetual foster parents, taking in dozens of children as the need presented itself over years and years, eventually adopting some themselves.
They did all this, gave all this, even though it meant there was not a nickel left at the end of the day!? Now, let me tell you, i cry easily. But i was absolutely bawling. i felt like such a brat, not appreciating all that i have. And when i really think about it, i have so much.
Right then and there, i fired off an email to my friend, Jamie, who owns an awesome coffee shop/live music venue in Ardmore, PA. They feature local musicians and visual artists. i told him i wanted to do an art show one month where i donated a part of my proceeds to charity. he was onboard.
i had a very specific charity in mind. In fact, the TLLCCF was where i first met Jamie about 12 years ago. The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation has been part of my life since 1997. They are locally based but now reach all 50 states in their mission "to improve the quality of programs that care for and educate children from birth through age 5, and enlist and enlighten others to do the same." They give teacher awards and center & program grants. They really care about kids. I love the members. And causes for kids are dear to my heart.
SO, here's where i need my friends and neighbors and their friends and neighbors. PLEASE COME!!! Spread the word. Share this blog. I thank you in advance for the effort.

Click on the graphic above to see (or print) the full-size flyer for the event.
Here are the basics:
What: month-long art showing of my work - both originals & more affordable prints for sale
Where: Milkboy Coffee, Ardmore, PA
When: all of November 2009 with a special First Friday opening starting at 6pm on November 6 - featuring a musical performance for kids w/local talent, Miss Scherling, who will lead "Pajama Jam" w/ milk n cookies. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas. Music starts at 7pm
Details: a portion of proceeds from all sales of my work during November will be donated to the TLLCCF. Sales from my online store (www.stephaniecorfee.etsy.com) are also included

i've been blessed in my life. If you're reading this, you probably have been too. Help me pay it forward?

Princess from the Past

Oh my. i just came across this colored pencil sketch on my computer. i can't even remember when i drew it, but it must've been over 7-8 years ago. It's so strange to look back at work and see how much i've changed in style, taste, medium choices, etc. i still do a fair amount of illustrating now, but i think my style has changed a lot and my attention to detail has grown a lot. Thanks little princess. i will file you away so i can look at you again in another 10 years.

18 September 2009

Trace Your Hand Day

i helped my son trace his hand and decorate it with markers and glitter the other day, so i made one too. Mine took longer to decorate. i finished it today and thought it would be a fun post. Nice to get back to some basics, right?

15 September 2009

Cut Paper + Wood

So here we have a photo of a recently finished artwork on wood. I've added some shots that show all the detail and better color my camera didn't capture. The flowers are drawn in gel pen, colored pencil and glitter gel pens on kraft paper. The rest of the piece is a combo of Spectracolor markers, pigment ink pens and acrylics on untreated 3/4" wood. The untreated wood just drinks up the paintss and markers in such an unpredictable way. I love that! The piece measures 17.5" x 15.5".

i think i'll actually list this original in my etsy shop. i almost never list originals, but my house isn't big enough to hold the number of pieces i aim to complete in the next few months, so there you go. : )