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flaunt your fangirl – pixel & print commission

December 3, 2014 by Sharon | 0 comments

A few months ago I was commission by Lauren of doodlebug design (the most adorable hand-carved stamps ever) to create some characters for Pixel & Print, the 3D-printing company that she runs with her husband Daniel.

Lauren designs the jewelry part of of the brand, which features pop-culture inspired earrings. She wanted illustrations that would reflect and appeal to the fangirls toward whom their products were geared. She specifically wanted girls in costumes (cosplay), and we discussed the characters that she had in mind. Once that was settled, I pretty much had free reign in what to create. So it was a lot of fun coming up with these images.

Everything was drawn out in pencil and then inked traditionally with Sakura Pigma Micron Pens and India ink. Then I scanned in the finished drawing and colored it digitally using Adobe Photoshop.

digital illustration of girl cosplaying as leia organa

digital illustration of girl cosplaying as a star trek officer

digital illustration of girl cosplaying as batgirl

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art dump: lbd + oc’s

February 25, 2013 by Sharon | 2 Comments

It’s really sad that I’ve waited this long long to make my first post of the 2013. Better late than never in this case.

If you’ve been following my Facebook page, you may already be aware of the events I am about to recount. I have become a fan of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. So much so, that I decided to do yet another piece of fan art. I posted it on my tumblr.

Because I like to make myself suffer, I decided to color it. It eventually found its way to being reblogged by Ashley Clements (Lizzie Bennet) and production designer Katie Moest, tweeted by Geek & Sundry, and finally reblogged by Hank Green, producer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I actually thanks Ashley for the love and she tweeted me back. So. Life Achievement Level unlocked.

While I really, truly, absolutely love doing fan art, I am also reminded that I have my own original characters and story that I’d like to get out in some form. So last night I decided to sketch out two of the leads and go ahead and color them, too.

View the pictures →

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art: decent enough {darcy + lizzie}

December 7, 2012 by Sharon | 0 comments

I first heard of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (LBD) about a month ago after I began to see posts about it in my tumblr feed. I was finally drawn to watching it after seeing a particularly sweet gif of Jane Bennet (Lizzie’s older sister) interacting with her boyfriend, Bing Lee.This piece refers to the scene that Lizzie describes where she and Darcy are having the most awkward dance at the wedding. Now, the term “smoking hot” a term that I use rarely, but in reference to Bing Lee’s appearance, it more than justly applies.

But it turns out that apart from the smoking hot guy(s), LBD is a very brilliant web series. In a mere three days, I was I caught up with the 60 episodes that had been posted at the time. Granted, each ep is between 3:30 to 6 minutes long, but there’s so much that happens.

Did I mention that it’s a modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice (which I still have not seen because I’m lame)? And all the characters have twitter accounts, so it’s a truly immersive and interactive viewing experience.

mini print / notecard sale

October 3, 2012 by Sharon | 0 comments

After weeks of teasing, I’m finally ready to offer my mini prints. Yay! I first sold these during the Dog Days of Summer show to benefit Alexander’s Place.


Details: Each pack will include 4 images of your choice printed on acid and lignon free white card stock. Dimensions of the card are 4.0” x 5.5” with a white border for easy framing. The title of the work is printed on the back with handwritten signature above it. Envelopes are included unless you request otherwise.

If you request something that doesn’t quite fit the dimensions of the card, I will most likely crop the image. I can email you a preview of what the print will look like before sending it to you.

Price: $10.00 USD Free shipping.

Payments: I accept payments through PayPal to sharon@artgyrl.com. Please specify in the comments which prints you want and where to ship them (if the shipping address is different from the one associated with your PayPal account). I must receive your payment before shipping your order.

Other stuff: If you have any other questions, please leave a comment. If you can’t decide on 4 prints, I you can just let me know which ones you absolutely want, and I will make your pack a “surprise pack.” :)

art: allie mae

September 12, 2012 by Sharon | 2 Comments

Had this song stuck in my head for a while now. Been thinking about drawing something for it for just as long.

I really like how the hand-drawn lettering turned out. It was an experiment, based on the type of stuff you usually see in tattoo designs as well as those elaborately drawn on chalkboards.

Listen to the song “Allie Mae” by El Cantador HERE.

EDIT: I submitted this for this week’s Illustration Friday theme: imagination.