Friday, February 23, 2018

Oh, Hi! : An Ink Sketch

Oh, hi!
Created this little card to send & surprise a friend :) A happy, waving grizzly bear.

Original:  Ink (via brush pen) on vellum with pencil underdrawing. Below:  Print on creme yardstick paper.

Bye for now!

Monday, January 8, 2018

2017 Year of Art!

Happy New Year!

How is 2017 over?! Looking back, I have had so many new and wonderful art experiences this past year! My artwork has traveled to bazaars in Oregon, out to sea on the Tara expedition, installed in Oregon State University, and has been published in a scientific journal! See all below!

*Pictured Left:  Instagram "Best Nine of 2017"

Scientific Illustration:  Marine Host Microbiome Alpha Diversity Measures
Scientific Illustration:  Marine Host Microbiome Alpha Diversity Measures
This illustration was published in Frontiers in Marine Science academic journal, as "Box Figure 1" in the article "Responses of Coral-Associated Bacterial Communities to Local and Global Stressors". You can click on the link above to read the full article! This article was written in part by the Vega Thurber Laboratory, with whom I collaborated on projects such as this as their Resident Artist.

"Marine Host Microbiome Alpha Diversity Measures" compares and contrasts the diversity of microbes found in different marine organism's microbiomes. The figure compares the richness of organisms to one another in a community, and calls the viewer to question their assumptions about coral microbiome richness.

"Coral County" Educational Comic Trio:

This interactive educational comic is part of a science outreach effort, in collaboration with the Vega Thurber Laboratory in microbiology at Oregon State University!

Click here to read stories of the adventurous & troublesome parrotfish, coral crabs & more as they follow research currently being conducted at OSU! Roll-over the comic with your mouse to discover extra aid-bits, and click the CC Library where eager learners can delve deeper into the topics presented in each comic strip!

Art Aboard the Tara expedition.

The Tara now bears a sticker representing the Vega Thurber Laboratory, & my artwork! The Tara sails around the world collecting scientific data and promoting scientific education, outreach, and art concerning the ocean's health. Though I am not on the boat, I am so honored to have my artwork represent the Vega Thurber Lab on the boat (and among their other supporters)!

Members of the Vega Thurber Laboratory contribute their time, expertise and support on Tara's expeditions year round! Learn more about the Vega Thurber Laboratory, or the Tara.

Under Sea & Stars

This year was my very first selling my artwork and wares in person as a pop-up shop! My (online) artwork shop, 'Under Sea & Stars' was present at the Valentine's Day themed "A Bazaar to Love", "Spring 2017 Etsy Team Handmade & Vintage Market", "NACC's Holiday Bazaar", and the "Town & Country Christmas Bazaar". It was a lot of work, and I really enjoyed being able to design my booth space, and to explore what displays and decor enhanced my artwork!

I am also so thankful to have teamed up with two lovely craftswoman to complete our booth:  'Creations by Deborah', 'Roosevelt Kid' & 'Adornments by Meg'. I am glad to have had the opportunity to meet so many other great artists and craftspeople too!

I am also working to fill out a new website for Under Sea & Stars, along with the existing Etsy Store :)

365 Days of Art
 I am happy to announce that I will be participating in the 365 Days of art drawing challenge this year! To do this, I will be posting artwork & art inspiration daily on my instagram @BriannaLeahyArt !

This challenge will encourage me to do more personal art, to challenge myself to tackle new techniques and subject matter... I am excited to get back to it!

This means more art for you to see! So check out my Instagram & keep an eye on this blog; there will be much more to come very soon!

*Pictured left:  thumbnail sketch in pen & copic marker, January 2nd 2018

Take care everyone & see you next week!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Handful of Owls

🦉A handful of teeny-tiny owls makes this rainy morning a lovely one :)

I just finished individually sculpting a new batch of owls! These guys are made of polymer clay, with a small metal eye screw for putting on a chain as a necklace, or a ribbon as an adorable ornament!

I have been so busy gaining and honing new art-skills, and prepping for my next holiday art & craft bazaar! I have also recently debuted a website for my small art-gifts shop, Under Sea & Stars at! Please check it out! :D

Well, blog soon! I must get to painting these little guys.

Original Instagram post:

Friday, August 4, 2017

Digital Doodle: A Mr. Bear

This grizzly guy is a study disguised as a fun digital doodle! I wanted to brush up on my animal anatomy, and this guy turned out to be my favorite of countless sketches, referencing various nature photography online.

Friday, July 7, 2017

'Coral County' Comic, Science & Art Collaboration!

Brianna Leahy Art in collaboration with the Vega Thurber Laboratory of Oregon State University are proud to present 'Coral County, Episode #1'!

This comic is the first of three interactive web-comics that promote marine science learning! Below, you can read the comic, but for its full interactive features, please visit !

Our goal with this project is to provide fun & educational content for the general public & everyday reader. We hope that this comic can inspire interest and a greater understanding in science, especially in marine biology issues and ocean health.

We encourage sharing with friends! The 'Coral County Comic' is also fully available for educational use. For educators, please, encourage students of any age to visit the website and learn!

More episodes are coming very soon!
'Coral County' Comic.  For interactive version, visit

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Nursery Artwork ♡

Today I would love to share with you a project I completed for a friend. I dearly loved the process, so I hope you enjoy seeing the work!

I was asked to create a piece of nursery artwork for my friend, who is expecting her first child! The criterium:  an adorable elephant, and a excerpt from Disney's Dumbo; "Rest your head close to my heart never to part, baby of mine".

This series of images show: (Left) an initial pencil sketch, (Right) a more complete sketch as I work in Photoshop, and then the finished piece, printed & framed!


*My apologies for the goofy smile, my photographer started cracking jokes :)

Thank you as always for visiting, and I hope to see you back here next Wednesday for more art!

Art Blogging Update!

Art-Wednesdays are back! :D I am glad to share with you all again!

I have been happily swamped with commissions and prepping for a handmade market, so stay tuned! Some of my work is awaiting publisher approval before I can share it... So until then, I will catch you up on what I have been creating!

Visit back soon & often! I will be posting my first new Art-Wednesday piece later today!