PaperDragon Art

Fine Art & Illustration

Paintintgs, Drawings, Illustrations and Concept Art in acrylic, oil, watercolor and digital images.

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Art with a purpose.

Creative Action Network
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Besides paintings on canvas and paper, I have been creating images in Illustrator or painting them in Photoahop. Many of those are available at Redbubble Fantasy Art

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Endangered Species

Art of endangered species are available at Redbubble Ginkodragon Art

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Variety

Purchase a variety of my art with subjects at Society 6!

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You Decide

Customizable

Commisioned art on request. Tell me what you are looking for, concept art, personal or custom illustration.

Making Art

Working in a 2D format, my compositions that focuses on color and texture are created in oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings and digital art.

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Paintings

Original paintings of large and smaller sized are avilable for purchase.

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Digital Illustrations

Vector images and illustrations.

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Custom and Concept Art

2D custom and concept art.

Have You Seen My Art?

This is a portfolio of my art work. It is grouped into three catagories of my most recent work, but the older work is not included here. If you are interested in purchasing these or any older art, contact me.

project 1

Ginkgo Leaves with Water Dragon

Series Ginkgo Leaves
Date June 2020
Medium Acrylic painting on canvas
Size 16"x20"

This painting is part of a series of ginkgo leaf paintings inspired by the gingko leaves that had turned bright yellow in the fall and have blown with the wind into the water. The dragons that I had dominated my paintings in the past are still there and textured, but in this painting, the color is subdued, with only a piece of it showing under the leaves, as if the creature was quietly sliping through the water.

project 2

Community Gardens

Illustrator Community Gardens
Date December 2019
Medium Illustrator Vector image

This was a design to promote the Green New Deal for Creative Action Network.

project 3

Christmas Character for NeoPets

ClientNeoPets
DateNovember 2003
MediaFlash
Linkhttp://www.neopets.com

These drawings were concept character designs for a Christmas campaign at NeoPets.

project 4

Ginkgo Leaves with Water Dragon 2

Series Ginkgo Leaves
Date June 2020
Medium Acrylic painting on canvas
Size 16" x 20"

This painting is part of a series of ginkgo leaf paintings.

project 5

Get Out the Vote

Vote Campaign Creative Action Network
Date September 2016
Medium Adobe Photoshop drawing

This quick illustration for Creative Action Nertwork was a poster to encourage people to get out to vote!

project 6

Concept character

Concept character drawingGame Group
Date July 2013
Medium Pencil Drawing

This was one of several drawings that I did for a group of friends that I was working with to develop a game.

project 7

Ginkgo Leaves with Water Dragon 3

Series Ginkgo Leaves
Date June 2020
Medium Acrylic painting on canvas
Size 16" x 20"

This painting is part of a series of ginkgo leaf paintings.

project 8

Far From The Madding Crowd

Creative Action Network Book Cover
Date September 2017
DrawingmAdobe Photoshop

This was a book cover design in a literacy campaign to read more books through Creative Action Network. This was one of my Favorite books, so I choose to illustrate it.

project 9

Animated Concept Character

Game Design Concept Caracter
Date 2017
Media Flash Animation

This was one of several characters that a group of friends had considered using to develop a game. This was a test example of what this character could look like if it was destroyed.

project 10

Ginkgo Leaves in the Wind

Series Ginkgo Leaves
Date 2020
Medium Acrylic painting on canvas
Size 16" x 20"

This painting is part of a series of gingko leaf paintings.

project 11

Jack Rabbit Joy

Endangered Species Illustration Jump For Joy Jackrabbit
Date May 2020
Medium Vector Image

This is the Whitesided Jackrabbit, native to the Southwestern U.S. Due to farming and a reduction to their habitat, they are limited to Southern New Mexico aan parts of Mexico.I illustrated a family of jackrabbits playing among some of the native wildflowers in the area.

project 12

Color for Characterr Design

Concept Game character Design
Date July 2017
Medium Vector Image

This character design lineup was to show the variation of costume and color for game characters.

project 13

Ginkgo Leaves in Frozen Water

Series Ginkgo Leaves
Date June 2020
Medium Acrylic painting on canvas
Size 16" x 20"

I got an ispiration for this piece This painting is part of a series of ginkgo leaf paintings.

project 14

1000 Lucky Cranes

Endangered Species Lucky Cranes
Date January 2020
Medium Vector Illustration

When our mother was ill, my sister folded 1000 paper cranes for her. For hundreds of years, the Japanese crane, Asian crane, or the red-crowned crane, Grus japonensis, is a symbol of longevity and immortality. According to mythology they live to be 1000 years old! The truth is that these cranes are extremely in dangered of becoming extinct. There are less than 2000 birds living in the wild, including 950 individuals that perrmanently live in Japan. These birds do not migrate, but the rest of the population that live in China and Korea do migrate.

project 15

Klip Character

Character Design Sony Game
Date July 2017
Medium Vector Illustration

This concept character design was done for a Sony game. Included are its attributes and character description.

project 16

Ginkgo Leaves in Frozen Water 2

Series Ginkgo Leaves
Date June 2020
Medium Acrylic painting on canvas
Size 16" x 20"

This painting is part of a series of ginkgo leaf paintings.

project 17

Sunflower Fairy

Fantasy Print Illustration
Date July 2020
Medium Adobe Photoshop Illustration

My son had been at me for years to draw more fantasy images. I have always loved to paint fantasy pictures that tell a story with faries, trolls and dragons I loved drawing them because I could be as inventive as I wanted. I loved fairies because they can fly, are associated with all things nature and express such different parsonalities! They are the fantasy embodiment of us!
I choose to draw this sunflower fairy because sunflowers seem to embody joy and they are represent summer and having fun!

project 18

Ice Wolves

Character Design Game Development
Date July 2018
Medium Watercolor
Size 16" x 24"

This concept character and environment design was done for a game that a group of friend were trying to develop. These were Ice Wolves that had fur made out of shards of ice and were translucent. They hunt in packs and were chasing the group of travelers riding on the beast that is about to cross the lake ahead of them. There is a sword in the ice that could have powers to speak to the wolves.

project 19

Dandelion and Sow Thistile

Series Weeds
Date June 2020
Medium Acrylic painting on canvas
Size 16" x 20"

In the spring, while pulling weeds in the garden, I noticed that the dandelion and the sow thistle looked very much alike, but grew very differently. I tried to show the difference in this painting. This painting is part of a series of common weed paintings.

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Pony Express

See America Poster Creative Action Network
Date July 2017
Medium Adobe Photoshop Illustration

This was a poster design for Creative Action Network's campaign to bring awareness of the national parks and monuments The route that the Pony Express ran is now a national monument. Sacramento, CA was the last stop for the Pony Express riders in 1860. The riders were young, no older than 18, and face dangerous conditions on their sprint, that ran 10 days or less, from St. Joseph, MO to California. It lasted only 18 months.

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Commission Painting

Red Barn Commissioned Art
Date July 2017
Medium Watercolor
Size 18"x24"

This painting was created for the family, in memory of the owner of J & J Wines who had suddenly passed.

project 22

Clover

Series Weeds
Date June 2020
Medium Acrylic painting on canvas
Size 16" x 20"

In the spring, while pulling weeds in the garden, I noticed that the pattern of the pulled weeds as they lay on the adjacent concrete pathway reminded me of lace. I had to paint them! This painting is part of a series of common weed paintings.

project 23

Koi and Ginkgo

Printed merchandize Redbubble
Date July 2020
Medium Adobe Photoshop Illustration

During a visit to a beautiful Buddist temple in Hawaii, i got to watch koi fish in the pond near by. Swimming with the koi were smaller golden colored fish. The differences in size and color provided the perfect foil for the dark water and the golden ginkgo leaves.

project 24

Moss Dragon Character

Moss Dragon Character Design
Date July 2018
Medium Watercolor
Size 16"x22"

This was a character design for an animation series.

project 25

Sticky Weed

Series Weeds
Date June 2020
Medium Acrylic painting on canvas
Size 16" x 20"

This weed is called sticky weed or "bed straw" because it was used as a filler for mattresses. All parts of the plant have tiny barbs to make it stick on clothing, fur or it's self. I had to paint them! This painting is part of a series of common weed paintings.

project 26

Lesser Prairie Chicken

Endangered Species Series Redbubble
Date July 2020
Medium Adobe Photoshop Illustration

The Lesser Prairie Chicken is a member of the grouse family, birds that breed and feed on insects and seeds that they find on the ground. It is a medium to large bird, striped white and brown, slightly smaller and paler than its near relative the greater prairie chicken. Because of their loss of habitat due to farming, gas drilling and the increased air and ground temperatures. Their range has declined to only 17 % of it's original habitat!

project 27

Commission Painting

Gypsy Dancer Commissioned Art
Date July 2018
Medium Watercolor
Size 18"x24"

This painting was commissioned to portray a gypsy dancing with her exotic clothes.

project 28

Bouganvilla

Series Botanical
Date July 2020
Medium Watercolor
Size 11" x 15"

My husband gave me a big, beautiful hanging pot if pink bouganvilla. The blooms were so tightly packed together that hardly any of the green leaves were showing. All of that pink was actually modified leaves that surround the actual little white flower. I had to paint them!

project 29

San Juan Bautista Mission

Travel Series Digital Painting
Date July 2017
Medium Adobe Photoshop

While traveling, my mother and I would often visit this mission where her friend was a nun who lived there. While they talked, I would walk around outside to take photos. The string of missions that were built along the coast of California provided a stop for travelers on the El Camino Real, The Royal Road. This view is from that road, now broken up by modern roads and new residences. A piece still exsists on the back side of this mission.

project 30

Logo

Carol's Logo Commissioned Art
Date July 2019
Medium Adobe Illustrator

This was a logo to identify the lace work pieces being sold on Etsy.

project 31

Purple Iris

Series Botanical
Date July 2018
Medium Watercolor
Size 12" x 16"

I have always been facinated with irises amd at one time I had 700 varieties of irises. This was one of them It is a medium bearded iris with an unusual dark beard.

project 32

Paso Robles Sunset

Digital Painting Travels
Date 2018
Medium Adobe Photoshop

My sister and her husband live in a house that is set on a hillside with a clear view of the hills accross the valley. We would often be amazed when the sun set and stand out side to take pictures or paint images of the sky on fire!

project 33

Aisha Armor

Asset Design NeoPets
Date 2002
Medium Flash

While working at NeoPets, I had designed and illustrated many character assets. This was one for a new campaign called, "Battledome".

project 34

Terristial Orchid

Botanical Series Terrestial Orchid
Date July 2017
Medium Watercolor
Size 12" x 16"

Someone left bags of rhizomes outside the church on a bench that said, "free!". I took one of the bags and planted the rhizomes. They turned out to be beautiful, hardy ground orchids, bletilla striata, that are native to China, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and myanmar. I had to do a watercolor painting of one of the plants in bloom!

project 35

Trains

Travel Series Digital Painting
Date July 2017
Medium Adobe Photoshop

While traveling, my mother and I visited this old train yard and train museum.You can take a ride in the open coaches of a steam engine and visit the museum to learn about the trains in the 1800's. I painted this painting from memory and some photos that I had taken. I distinctly remembered this scene as my mom walked along the wooden train platform ahead of me.

project 36

Caravan

Commission Design Print Image
Date July 2020
Medium Vector Illustration

This illustration was created to celebrate the home comming of a family member. All the supporting family members are depicted here escorting the them in a gyspy caravan.

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Botanical Series

Botanical SeriesSilk Floss Flower
DateJuly 2018
MediumWatercolor
Linkhttp://examplecomp.com

I got a tree from the Arcadia Arbruitum and planted it in our front yard. It grew into a beautiful tree with these large, pink flowers, but the trunk was studded with thorny spikes! Ine day I tripped and stumbled against the thorns, scratching myself. I found out then that I was allergic to it!

project 38

Sleigh Ride

Travel Series Digital Painting
Date 2017
Medium Adobe Photoshop

I have never lived in Park City Utah, but a friend of mine does. As winter enclosed that area with snow, I imagined her and her husband enjoying a sleigh ride in the snow!

project 39

Big Cloud

Series Paso Robles
Date July 2018
Medium Oil painting on canvas
Exhibit Paso Robles, CA

This is a painting of a house and it's outbuildings just outside of the town of Paso Robles, CA

project 40

Tigers

Series Endangered Species
Date July 2020
Medium Adobe Illustrator

The tiger is the largest cat in the world as one species, Panthera tigris, but there are 9 subspecies that live across Asia, from Russia to Indochina. Of the 9 subspecies, 3 are extinct and of the remaining 6 species, 3 are managed by zoos. In 2016, there were only 2,500 mature, breeding individuals. Tigers are critically endangered.

project 41

Distant Hills

Series Paso Robles
Date July 2018
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Exhibit Paso Robles

Fall is my favorite time of the year in Paso. I took many photos of the vineyards in the fall, but i noticed that in several of the photos, the clouds were broken up like cottage cheese. That indicates cool air which is consistant with the shortened days and the leaves turning a vivid red, so I had to include those clouds with the row of vines.

project 42

Valentine Cat-web

Series Endangered Species
Date 2020
Medium Adobe Illustrator

I wanted to draw an image of the pallet wild cat from Mongolia. The kittens are so cute and they are protected in Asia where they occur. But these endangered cats are still hunted for their fur in Mongolia. They live at high elevations and do not do well in captivity and their numbers are dwindling because of the hunting and to encroaching human inhabitants as well. it is heartbreaking to know that these little cats with big personalities could be lost to us. I love Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 43 and decided to put it together with the drawing of a pallas kitten and some images of lace to illustrate a deep expression of love. Sonnet 43: "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace. I love thee to the level of every day's Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as men strive for right. I love thee purely, as they turn from praise. I love thee with the passion put to use..."

project 43

Mission Wall

Series Paso Robles
Date 2018
Medium Watercolor
Size 12" x 16"

This is part of the Paso Robles series, but this mission is located in the nearby town of San Miguel, CA. I painted this on site, sitting at the front of the mission where they have a low wall and giant agave cactus planted.

project 44

Fern Canyon

Travel Series Digital Illustration
Date 2018
Medium Adobe Illustrator

Fern Canyon in Prarie Creek Redwoods State Park is my absolutly favorite spot on earth! We used to go camping at Praire Creek every summer, where we would hike down to Gold Bluffs Beach where the elk lounge in the sand dunes, munching grass. The Fern Canyon was at the end of the road, but continued the trail back up to the camp grounds. This canyon was also used for a scene in Jurassic Park. I painted this scene from memory in Adobe Photoshop.

project 45

Vineyard

SeriesPaso Robles
Date2018
MediumOil Paint on Canvas
Size16" x 20"

Much of what I loved about views of the vineyards around Paso Robles, CA was the skies. They were wide open the view to the distant areas. The sky displayed the promise of the weather that is so intricatly tied to farming and the success of a good harvest. Every view of the sky tells the weather condition, wind, rain, cold, or no cloud could mean unrelenting heat.

project 46

Surprised Boy

Series Social Cause Creative Action Network
Date 2018
Medium Adobe Illustrator

Surprised boy with fish wallpaper. All of my designs for CAN were created with Illustrator. For this design, I used photos of the neighbor kids that I took liberties to alter for the design and character. Proceeds support DreamCorps, a social justice accelerator founded by Van Jones that advances economic, environmental, and criminal justice solutions.

project 46

Winter Vineyard

Series Paso Robles
Date July 2018
Medium Watercolor
Size 16" x 20"

This is part of the Paso Robles series, painted from many photos that I had taken during the winter time when the vines were bare.

project 48

Spring

Series Paso Robles
Date July 2018
Medium Oil Painting on Canvas
Size 16" x 20"

This is part of the Paso Robles series,showing the vineyards in the spring. The new growth of grass and vine really are that bright, vibrant green.

project 49

Blue Hill

Series Paso Robles
Date 2018
Medium Oil Painting on Canvas
Size 16" x 20"

The view across one of the valleys in Paso Robles would often reveal the open sky. At sunset, it was painted ablaze with color as the clouds settled in from the coast in the evening. Everything else would be clocked in the darkness of the on coming evening.

project 50

Fire Dragon

Dragon Series Redbubble
Date 2020
Medium Adobe Photoshop Illustration

Forest fires can be devastating for humans affected by it, but there are several species of plants that depend upon fire. Forest fires also clears out underbrush, sick and dying vegetation and opens up the forest to allow light for new healthy growth.

project 51

Wind Dragon

Dragon Series Redbubble
Date 2020
Medium Adobe Photoshop Illustration

In Chinese mythology, the dragon is associated with water, the air and clouds that control the water and weather that affects crops and the production of food. This powerful dragon also controls the wind, so it is lucky to have!

project 52

Sky Dragon

Dragon Series Redbubble
Date 2020
Medium Adobe Photoshop Illustration

Dragons have dominion over water and sky. This dragon in the sky is about to unleash rain on to the earth to quench the parched land.

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    Ginkgo Leaves with Water Dragon

    Ginkgo Leaf Series

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    Community Gardens

    Green New Deal

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    Elves

    Character Design

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    Ginkgo Leaves with Water Dragon 2

    Ginkgo Leaf Series

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    Get Out the Vote

    CAN Vote Campaign

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    Concept Character

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    Ginkgo Leaves with Water Dragon 3

    Ginkgo Leaves Series

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    Far From The Madding Crowd

    Book Cover

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    Character Design

    Animated Game Character

  • project 10

    Ginkgo Leaves in the Wind

    Ginkgo Leaf Series

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    Jack Rabbit Joy

    Endangered Species Series

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    Character Design

    Game Character Design variation

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    Ginkgo Leaves in Frozen Water

    Ginkgo Leaf Series

  • project 14

    1000 Lucky Cranes

    Endangered Species Series

  • project 15

    Character Design

    Klip Caracter for Sony game

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    Ginkgo Leaves in Frozen Water 2

    Ginkgo Leaf Series

  • project 17

    Fantasy Illustration

    Sunflower Fairy

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    Character/Environment Design

    Character and environment design for game.

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    Dandelion and Sow Thistile

    Weeds Series

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    Pony Express

    See Amerrica Poster

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    Red Barn

    Commissioned Art

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    Clover

    Weeds Series

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    Koi and Gingko

    Print Image

  • project 24

    Moss Dragon

    Character Design

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    Sticky Weed

    Weeds Series

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    Lesser Prairie Chicken

    Endangered Species Series

  • project 27

    Gypsy Dancer

    Commissioned Art

  • project 28

    Bouganvilla

    Botanical Series

  • project 29

    Mission

    Travel Series

  • project 30

    Logo

    Commissioned Art

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    Puple Iris

    Botanical Series

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    Paso Robles Sunset

    Travel Series

  • project 33

    Aisha Armor

    Game Assets

  • project 34

    Botanical Series

    Terrestial Orchid

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    Trains

    Travel Series

  • project 36

    Gyspy Caravan

    Commissioned Art

  • project 37

    Botanical Series

    Silk Floss Flower

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    Sleigh Ride

    Travel Series

  • project 39

    Big Cloud

    Paso Robles Series

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    Tigers

    Endangered Species Series

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    Distant Hills

    Paso Robles Series

  • project 42

    Valentine Cat

    Endangered Species

  • project 43

    Mission Wall

    Paso Robles Series

  • project 44

    Fern Canyon

    Travel Series

  • project 45

    Vineyard

    Paso Robles Series

  • project 46

    Boy Surprised

    CAN Social Campaign

  • project 47

    Winter Vineyard

    Paso Robles Series

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    Spring

    Paso Robles Series

  • project 49

    Blue Hill

    Paso Robles Series

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    Fire Dragon

    Dragon Series

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    Wind Dragon

    Dragon Series

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    Sky Dragon

    Dragon Series

Who Who Am I?

I have been an artist as long as I can remember and have a love and fascination with all things nature and fantasy. I love animals and I am very concerned with the extinction rate of the plant and animal species, so I started to draw as many of them as I could. I wanted to make the images available at an affordable price, on a variety of goods on Redbubble to get people to know and care about species extinction.
I had also drawn several designs for Creative Action Network because of their call to artist to make a social statement.
I have also been having fun in creating my own creature creations, especially dragons because of their undulating shape and surface texture and their connection to nature in Asian mythology.
Now I have my own shop where you can purchas copies of the originals.
I took zoology, comparative and anatomy and biology classes to learn about animal physiology and behavior to better understand how real animals evolved into their shapes.
I have a Masters degree in art and over the years, numerous awards and exhibits.

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Original Art

Artist

Painting and drawing images that I can get passionate about, the connection between nature and us as humans!.

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Illustrations

Illustrator

Digital illustrations for commercial applications, like this dvd cover or book covers, logos, printable art and personal custom art.

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Concept Art

Concept Art

Concept character and environment design.

Freelance

I am available for freelance and commission work. What can I do for you?

Skills

  • Fine art

  • Digital art as vector or pixel paintings

  • Logo and Graphic Art

  • Concept art

Hire Me!

I would love to work with you to create that you love, a painting, logo, illustration for print, images for the web, characters for a game or the environment in which they exists! I'm pretty good at creating images, on paper, canvas and 2D digital, but I can't do everything! But I might be able to create just what you need!

"I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart."
Vincent van Gogh

Seeking Art

What Client Say?

These are some testimonials from people who are very happy with what I have done for them!

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Label Design

Flying Olive

"I wanted a label for our olive oil that would incorporate our love of aviation and our dear dalmatian. Lyla captured this charm and pure joy by creating our "flying olive" logo. You can't help but smile when you look at her artwork. She has so many amazing pieces along with informational facts. Love her style."

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Illustrations

Print Design

"We really loved the skull and rose design we put on our t-shirts! It was exactly the gothic/macabre look we were hoping for."

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Commissioned Art

Canvas Print

"The painting is spectacular, beautiful and intuitive... Not enough words to say how much I love it!"

"Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends."
Walt Disney

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