A quick little study of my mom’s cat, Sabrina, painted on a piece of scrap Bristol. Pen & ink and watercolor. February 2014.

A quick little study of my mom’s cat, Sabrina, painted on a piece of scrap Bristol. Pen & ink and watercolor. February 2014.

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By Kelsey Hamersley. Watercolor. June 2014.

By Kelsey Hamersley. Watercolor. June 2014.

Daffodils by Kelsey Hamersley. April 2014. Pen & ink.
So often, when I’m drawing from life, I get way too carried away with my ink drawings, trying to fit all of the details and the shadows in. For this drawing, I decided to go with simplicity instead.

Daffodils by Kelsey Hamersley. April 2014. Pen & ink.

So often, when I’m drawing from life, I get way too carried away with my ink drawings, trying to fit all of the details and the shadows in. For this drawing, I decided to go with simplicity instead.

(Source: kelseypaigeart)

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).