Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Here's something I made earlier in December to give the shelves in my room a bit of holiday spirit.  I'll probably end up keeping it longer than Christmas, 'cause who doesn't want a miniature forest in their room right?

I'm looking forward to spending a lazy Christmas at home with my family.  I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!  

Monday, December 9, 2013

Medieval Boy

Just a quick sketch of a medieval page boy looking sulky.  I guess he doesn't like Mondays either.  ;)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Ancient Stone

Years passed, and the stone lay forgotten in the depths of the woods.  The Ancients were long gone from these lands, and with them the stone's meaning.  Now only the afternoon sunlight read the writing on its sides.

A quick painting I finished yesterday for some brush and lighting practice.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Just a little something for Halloween.  Have a magical night!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Shy Gryphon and Other Sketches

A fairy girl trying to make friends with a shy gryphon. 

What a busy week it's been!  Long shifts at work and not enough time for painting.  I did manage to sketch a bit though.  Both of these I posted on Instagram, but I thought I'd take new photos of them in (slightly) better lighting and repost here.

Some sketchbook oddities.  A vulture creature, snobby noblewoman, and a little fairy guy.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Buffoon's Back!

Buffoon Playing a Lute Frans Hals

And he's playing a song for you in three different colors.  Which one's your favorite?  I'm still a fan of the colors from the original painting (top left).

Working on the third variation made me realize that the lightest values in the first one aren't as bright as the original painting.  It's cool how repainting the same image can do that.  I'll be popping the whites a bit more when I continue painting him.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Watercolor Pencil Sketch

Just a little something from my sketchbook.  After rummaging through my art supplies I decided to use my watercolor pencils today.  Working with them reminds me of those paint with water coloring books from when I was a kid.  Anyone else remember those?  Do they still make them?

Friday, August 23, 2013

"Buffoon" Color Comp

Veronica Kosowski Illustration

Woah, where has the time gone since my last post?  Sorry for not updating in so long, life's been getting in the way again.  I promise to get back to a more regular schedule of blogging from here on out!

I bet you're wondering where our friend the Buffoon wandered off to.  Here he is again, coming to life in color!  Lots of work still to do, but I'm enjoying every step of the way.  

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Miss Raven


Had a small piece of shellac-coated paper lying around my art supplies that I decided to cut down to ACEO size and doodle on.  This one's a Victorian girl I've named Miss Raven.  She's taking a walk with her pet through the gardens of her parent's mansion.  She's lonely, and the winter brambles only remind her of that, but she's hoping to find something (or someone) outdoors to lighten her mood.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Peasant Girl Sketch

This free-spirited peasant girl is constantly running into the hills above the village to find new adventures.  Her favorite chore is watching the sheep, since she gets to be outdoors and daydream.  She often leaves household chores unattended to the great displeasure of her mother, who can be heard calling her daughter's name in exasperation throughout the day.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Revised Value Study for Buffoon Playing a Lute

Here's the buffoon again, this time with more of a cheeky grin.  Now it's on to color!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Magic Box: Buffoon Playing a Lute

This week I started my "Fancy Animal" homework for the Magic Box course.  I couldn't resist choosing "Buffoon Playing a Lute" by Frans Hals for my portrait repaint.  The expression on this man's face is priceless! 

Here's the original painting:

His mischievous expression reminded me of cats when they're up to no good, so I chose to reinvent him as a cat.  

Here's some of my sketchbook studies:

And below's my cat buffoon!  I'm going to redraw his face a bit before I start painting in color.  I want to bring in the grin from the original, and maybe perk one of his ears up to give him more of that roguish air.  Can't wait to share him again once he picks up some color!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Griffin Sketch

Griffin drawing

This past week was a tough one.  My asthma flared up with a vengeance which left me downhearted and very, very tired.  I've basically just been sitting on my couch in a medicated stupor watching Disney movies and reading books.

I'm happy to say my breathing's finally returning to normal now.  I'm slowly getting back to my usual energetic self but I'm about a week behind in everything.  I had meant to have the Mask Maker finished by now and lots of other sparkling, glorious things but alas!  That's not what my lungs had planned.  

While I catch up, here's a griffin from my sketchbook.  Griffins are a part of a world I'm thinking up, so you'll be seeing more of them around here in the coming months.

Friday, July 19, 2013

More Rocks

Finished some more rocks!  Despite the weeks going by way faster than they should, things are getting done.

This last detail shows the gold accents I painted on some of them.

Friday, July 12, 2013



She speaks to the moon
A wish made from stars.
Her dream of lost love, 
Adrift close and far.

A quick acrylic ACEO I painted this week.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Magpie Character Sketch

Meet Magpie.  She's a character in a long-term personal project I'm just beginning (hint: what has pages, panels, and speech bubbles?).  The whole project is in it's preliminary concept and planning phase.  I see lots of late-night dates with my sketchbook and story notebook in the near future.  ;)

Monday, July 1, 2013


Had these sketches floating around Instagram for a while and thought it was about time I posted them on here as well (with some significantly better lighting than on Instagram).  They're both done in good old ballpoint pen, one of my favorite sketching materials.  

The first one's some characters I drew in the early hours of Art Mart, and the one below is a little illustration of two young fairy folk that I'm hoping to turn into a digital painting at some point.

And just for fun, here's my bowl of rocks waiting to be turned into paintings:

Friday, June 28, 2013


Mermaid on tiny canvas

Happy Friday everyone!  As I mentioned last time, I finished the two remaining tiny canvases.  The first mermaid is quietly sitting on a rock in the sea and waiting for ships to pass by, dreaming of handsome sailors.  The second one is a more playful mermaid, though she's also daydreaming.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Painted Rocks

Last week was a productive one.  I finished some more little canvases, started a new painting, and even had time to rummage around the Ikea scrap shelves for new pieces of wood.  I'll be sharing more about these things later this week.

In the meantime, here's another result of last week's painting frenzy: a menagerie of animals on beach rocks that I brought with me to Art Mart.  Introducing a new product can be hit-or-miss sometimes, but I'm glad to say these stole the show last weekend!

I'll be making more of them soon.  I'd love your help; what animals would you like to see me paint?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Mask Maker Color Comps

Mask Maker color comps illustration

So here as promised are my four color comps for the Mask Maker piece.  I already feel like I've learned so much from just the first lessons of my class, it's crazy!

Initially I was planning to finish this painting in the direction of Comp 3, with the red and gold palette.  Comps 1 and 2 are growing on me more now though, so I'm having a bit of trouble deciding which would be best for the painting.  I'd love some advice.  If anyone has a clear favorite (or even some more color options to try) I'd love to hear about it.  

I've included the bigger versions below so you can get a good feel of how the colors in each look without the others next to them.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Magic Box Painting Course, and the Mask Maker Drawing

mask maker pencil sketch

Remember back in April when I mentioned one of my recent goals was to get better at digital painting? In the interest of doing just that, I've signed up for Chris Oatley's Magic Box digital painting course.

Chris is a super-dedicated, generous, and amazing teacher, and the community of students at the Oatley Academy is one of the best.  The course doesn't have a defined start date, the monthly lessons begin whenever you sign up, so you can go at your own pace to fit your schedule.  I'm a couple weeks into the course (it runs for 18 months), and can't recommend it enough.  If you're looking to improve in digital painting definitely check it out.

I know this course is going to keep me on my toes.  I'm totally excited.

I'm in the middle of my first homework assignment now, which is where this underdrawing comes from.  The main character of this illustration is a mask maker; in this scene he temporarily stops his work to look pensively out the window of his shop.  I've started painting him, and can't wait to play with different color choices for the scene in some color comps.  I'll be sharing those with you soon!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Pictures From the Road

New Mexico sky.

Last weekend I got back from my cross-country road trip with my family.  It took us four days to drive through North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Arizona back to California.  Aside from stopping in Arkansas a few hours earlier than we thought we would, due to a tornado watch in Oklahoma and Texas, we had sunny skies and a safe drive back.  Looks like we got back in the nick of time before the storms picked up again.

I'm happy to be back home, but I'll miss the fun of waking up in a new place every day full of excitement for the unknown and unexpected.  I guess I'm more of a nomad than I thought I was.  ;)

Here's some of the places I saw while on the road:  

Wall of trees rising up to the sky in the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee.

Rest stop in the Smoky Mountains.

I never knew Arkansas was so green.

Arizona desert.

Clambering about on rocks in Arizona with the family.  
I'm the person farthest to the right.  :)