I was flipping through my sketchbook the other day and came across these sketches I did for a recent custom nesting doll set I did for an Etsy customer. I was so excited for this commission because she wanted owls, and especially wanted the largest doll to be a barn owl. I love barn owls. They're both hauntingly beautiful and kind of eerie, with a very otherworldly visage. So almost right away I sat down and started sketching some birds of prey, as seen below with links to the nesting doll set I now have in my Etsy shop!
I'm really excited to be working on a totally new nesting doll project! I've always wanted to combine the traditional style of the Russian nesting doll with the Mexican Dia de los Muertos holiday. They both actually share a strong red and yellow color scheme, with emphasis on florals and decorative details. I thought it would be a fun experiment to see how the two would collide. Here is a sketch I did that outlines my ideas. Currently painting them right now, and I can't wait to share them! I always like to see how I make little changes in the final process that differ from what I originally thought looked good in the sketches. Visit my Etsy shop to see current dolls I have for sale :)
Here is a commission I just completed for Heather (shoutout to her dogs, Clyde and Harry!) This soulful looking guy is named Gus and I had a blast doing his portrait. Gotta love those ears! I honestly don't see enough Basset Hounds in Philadelphia. They will always remind me of my favorite Disney movie growing up: The Fox and the Hound.