goshogolly said: Is your dream job an illustrator? Do you have any projects your working on?

Being an illustrator is definitely my dream job! :D I’ve just always loved books and art, and I have this mental image of the way things should look, so I would love to be able to share that with the world.

I sort of have projects I’m working on right now. :) My biggest project for the last few years has been creating illustrations for the fairy tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon, so I’m making slow but steady progress on that. I have a few illustrations I’d like to touch up soon, and I just had an idea for a fantasy painting. I’ve already got a color scheme and style for that; I just need to make a final sketch for it and start painting! I’m not really actively working on those at the moment, but they’re in the works.

Woodcut self portrait by Kelsey Hamersley, spring 2014.
An assignment for my Printmaking class, hand printed on mulberry paper.

Woodcut self portrait by Kelsey Hamersley, spring 2014.

An assignment for my Printmaking class, hand printed on mulberry paper.

By Kelsey Hamersley. Graphite. 2014.

Some of my work from my Portrait Drawing & Painting class I took for Spring Semester 2014. We started off drawing with graphite pencils, then moved on to charcoal, before painting in oils. You can see more details, one of the charcoal drawings, and the oil paintings on my Facebook album.

By Kelsey Hamersley. Jack and the Beanstalk-inspired cup art.

By Kelsey Hamersley. Jack and the Beanstalk-inspired cup art.

Sleep is for the weak! The overexaggerated under eye shadows aren’t as obvious as I had planned, but hopefully it gets the point across.Yeah…my brain has yet to learn that staying up past 3 on a Saturday night is a bad idea. And a nap is not happening. Ergo…bring on the coffee!

Sleep is for the weak! 
The overexaggerated under eye shadows aren’t as obvious as I had planned, but hopefully it gets the point across.
Yeah…my brain has yet to learn that staying up past 3 on a Saturday night is a bad idea. And a nap is not happening. Ergo…bring on the coffee!

By Kelsey Hamersley. Sketch dump of gesture drawings from spring 2014, drawn in pen & ink.

Drawing my grandpa, my mom, my grandparents’ cat, and a lady who posed for my Portrait Drawing & Painting class for Spring Semester. The class was starting a little late, so I decided to kill time by drawing her before moving on to the oil paints. I loved doing the portrait class, but at the point I was really starting to miss drawing full-body shots—especially when there was a model there sitting still for me!

The first drawing of my grandpa I have posted is from April, and the second from March. He has congestive heart failure and has really been going downhill fast these last few months. A few weeks ago the doctor gave him weeks to live. He’s an amazing man of God and I’m enjoying the time we have left to spend with him!

Reduction linocut by Kelsey Hamersley. March 2014.
This was my first linocut (besides a couple of small practice pieces).

Reduction linocut by Kelsey Hamersley. March 2014.

This was my first linocut (besides a couple of small practice pieces).

By Kelsey Hamersley. Pen, digital inking, and digital color in Photoshop (drawn with a mouse). July 2014.
You can see an older version which used the same pen drawing (but without the digital inking) here.

By Kelsey Hamersley. Pen, digital inking, and digital color in Photoshop (drawn with a mouse). July 2014.

You can see an older version which used the same pen drawing (but without the digital inking) here.

I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Award! Thanks goes to Hannah D. of The Damsel in the Dress, who nominated me. :D She’s also a fellow pinner. :)
Here are the rules for the Sunshine Award:
Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog
Answer the list of questions
Nominate other bloggers and inform them of their nomination
Create questions for your nominees
Also, use the Sunshine Award picture on your blog.
The questions I received were:
1- who/what is your personal artistic inspiration?I’m inspired a lot by artists who illustrate(d) fairy tales, especially Arthur Rackham, Charles Robinson, and Kay Nielsen. Stained glass windows have actually inspired several of my drawings, as well as paper theaters and/or those books (I don’t know what to call them) where, as you turn the pages, different illustrations layer on top of one another. I love trying to get the effect of those different “steps” in space, kind of mixing 3-D and 2-D. (My Enchanted Wreath illustration probably provides the best example of those two elements, the stained glass and the layered space.) Of course, fairy tales have inspired me since I was a little kid!
2-which is more fun, and are you better at- drawing or painting?Hmm…I would say painting is more fun (once you get used to it), and I’m better at drawing. You can accomplish some things a lot faster with paint, and it’s also easier to play around with it. But I have more experience with drawing, so it comes more naturally to me. Plus the linework I’m so drawn to is more easily produced with a pen than a brush.
3-What aspect do you struggle/stress over with most in art?I can think of a lot of answers to that! A big struggle for me is being too much of a perfectionist and not knowing when to stop adding things to a drawing/painting (although perfectionism helps me stay motivated to keep doing better, so it’s both my best friend and my worst enemy). I also struggle with a fear of making mistakes, so I don’t add as much as a drawing/painting needs, and the art can look washed out as a result—or I don’t start the drawing in the first place! (Oh, yeah, and I’m a terrible procrastinator.)
4-what do you love, other than making lovely art?:)Lots of things. :) Books/reading, Pinterest, singing, music, and God are my top favorites. Oh, and Kdramas!
5- If you could have a chance to illustrate any book ever, what book would it be?My first choice would probably be Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I already have a pretty vivid idea of how it should look, I love the story and the characters, and I’ve read it a bunch of times. The Secret Gardenby Frances Hodgson Burnett would be my second choice (for the same reasons), but I love the Tasha Tudor illustrations for it that already exist, and those have really sculpted the way I imagine the story, so I don’t feel like I would have as much to say in illustrating that one.
That’s all of the questions! I’m supposed to nominate other blogs, but my mind is totally blanking right now (both in terms of nominees and questions), so I’m going to figure out my nominees and then return and add them to this post, along with my questions for them.
(Did I mention that I’m a terrible procrastinator?)

I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Award! Thanks goes to Hannah D. of The Damsel in the Dress, who nominated me. :D She’s also a fellow pinner. :)

Here are the rules for the Sunshine Award:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog
  2. Answer the list of questions
  3. Nominate other bloggers and inform them of their nomination
  4. Create questions for your nominees

Also, use the Sunshine Award picture on your blog.

The questions I received were:

1- who/what is your personal artistic inspiration?
I’m inspired a lot by artists who illustrate(d) fairy tales, especially Arthur Rackham, Charles Robinson, and Kay Nielsen. Stained glass windows have actually inspired several of my drawings, as well as paper theaters and/or those books (I don’t know what to call them) where, as you turn the pages, different illustrations layer on top of one another. I love trying to get the effect of those different “steps” in space, kind of mixing 3-D and 2-D. (My Enchanted Wreath illustration probably provides the best example of those two elements, the stained glass and the layered space.) Of course, fairy tales have inspired me since I was a little kid!

2-which is more fun, and are you better at- drawing or painting?
Hmm…I would say painting is more fun (once you get used to it), and I’m better at drawing. You can accomplish some things a lot faster with paint, and it’s also easier to play around with it. But I have more experience with drawing, so it comes more naturally to me. Plus the linework I’m so drawn to is more easily produced with a pen than a brush.

3-What aspect do you struggle/stress over with most in art?
I can think of a lot of answers to that! A big struggle for me is being too much of a perfectionist and not knowing when to stop adding things to a drawing/painting (although perfectionism helps me stay motivated to keep doing better, so it’s both my best friend and my worst enemy). I also struggle with a fear of making mistakes, so I don’t add as much as a drawing/painting needs, and the art can look washed out as a result—or I don’t start the drawing in the first place! (Oh, yeah, and I’m a terrible procrastinator.)

4-what do you love, other than making lovely art?:)
Lots of things. :) Books/reading, Pinterest, singing, music, and God are my top favorites. Oh, and Kdramas!

5- If you could have a chance to illustrate any book ever, what book would it be?
My first choice would probably be Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I already have a pretty vivid idea of how it should look, I love the story and the characters, and I’ve read it a bunch of times. The Secret Gardenby Frances Hodgson Burnett would be my second choice (for the same reasons), but I love the Tasha Tudor illustrations for it that already exist, and those have really sculpted the way I imagine the story, so I don’t feel like I would have as much to say in illustrating that one.

That’s all of the questions! I’m supposed to nominate other blogs, but my mind is totally blanking right now (both in terms of nominees and questions), so I’m going to figure out my nominees and then return and add them to this post, along with my questions for them.

(Did I mention that I’m a terrible procrastinator?)

By Kelsey Hamersley. March 2014. Pen & ink.
Sketching my grandparents.

By Kelsey Hamersley. March 2014. Pen & ink.

Sketching my grandparents.