Monday, December 19, 2016

Art-Monday: Science Illustration!

I am back! I am excited to say my absence on my blog was because of a great opportunity! I have been working as a resident artist with the Vega Thurber Laboratory at Oregon State University doing scientific illustration for their publications & presentations! I cannot tell you how happy I am to be contributing to this educational endeavor. Their research is inspiring!

Below you can see the first of my pieces for the Vega Thurber Lab, an image & diagram demonstrating coral metagenomics & virus ecology. And my feature on the OSU artist page! I will be posting more scientific illustration as it is released in publications!

My artist bio on OSU's website!

Finished illustration for textbook publication & presentations

Work in progress screenshots of my reef illustration
Left:  School of butterfly fish  Middle:  Parrotfish and Acropora sp. (coral).  Right:  Reef part 1

Thanks for reading as always! See you next week for more art!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Silly Animals in Ink: Art-Friday

Inktober fun! I had a great time getting back to my ink, marker & paper! The following sketches were started in pencil, followed in my brush pen, and then with Copic markers for color. I hope you enjoy these playful doodles.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Frog Sculpt & Post-it Holder: Art-Thursday

Hello again! I created this sculpt and post-it note holder as a birthday present for my boyfriend. The little tree frog sculpt is modeled after the sketch I posted last week here. She is made from Sculpey polymer clay, and painted in acrylics. The leaf holder was inspired by a banana leaf, made of felt & embellished with embroidery thread. He loves tropical tree frogs, so this went perfectly in his office! I hope you enjoy!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Good-Old Pencil: Art-Monday

Greetings! What a rainy morning....and a perfect one to catch up on blogging! I will be releasing three art posts this week. I have been working really hard on paying commissions this month, so my personal work has been pushed to the wayside a bit. But no more!

Here are a couple pages from my sketchbook, drawn in good-old graphite. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading! See you tomorrow for more art!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Groggy Grizzly: Art-Friday!

I am back! I managed to get a pretty nasty, knock you off your feet cold. This bear doodle is pretty much how I felt getting back to work! But man am I so happy to be back to drawing!

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Thanks for reading! See you next week!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Girl & the Earth: Art-Wednesday

Something a little different this week!
I felt the need to relax and enjoyed learning a bit about chakras :) So here a simple Copic marker drawing of the root chakra, or muladhara from my sketchbook. Also, a digital doodle of a daydreamer. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading! Check back next week fore more artwork! -Brianna

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Zootopia Fan Art: An Art-Thursday

Had some fun with fan art this week :) Say hi to Officer Clawhauser from Disney's Zootopia! If you have not yet seen it and are a fan of animated features, go see it! It pleasantly surprised me at how much I laughed while watching it.

My fan art digital painting was done on my Wacom Cintiq with Photoshop. Thank you for reading as always, and see you next week!

Here is what my initial sketch looks like!

*P.S.- I do not take any claim to Disney's character, Clawhauser! Of course.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Arrow the Pup: A Special Art - Tuesday

I was honored with the opportunity to do a portrait in loving memory of a sweet dog, Arrow. Below you can see the final portrait and a couple of stages of my process. Rest in peace dear pup.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Warrior Girl & New PS Brushes: Art- Wednesday

Trying out some new photoshop brushes my friend recommended to me! This was a random doodle as I was testing them out :) I hope you like her!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Raven Passport Cover DIY: Art-Wednesday

I am excited to have my first passport ever! In anticipation for my first big trip out of the country as an adult, I could not help myself from wanting a nice passport cover! After some price-checking and research, I decided that I would love to make a custom one with some leftover felt I had in the house. 

Keep reading to see my art & process!

My Completed Raven-Passport Cover!

I personally really love using eco-fi brand felt, because it is made in the US out of 100% polyester from recoiled post-consumer plastic bottles! I used most of a "sheet" of brown felt for the base cover, and small scraps of black felt for the raven. I had some black elastic from my last project too, so I used that to create the closure for the flap. Other than that, it was just thread, ruler and a charcoal pencil to mark the measured felt!

I also had too much fun with raven studies and designing the pattern from my Cintiq in photoshop!

Initial Raven Studies, Cintiq & Photoshop
Raven Felt Pattern Design, Cintiq & Photoshop

Thank you for reading!!! Hope to see you next week! And please, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them here, or on my Facebook page: Brianna Leahy Art!

You can be crafty and eco-friendly too! I was so excited to find the Eco-fi felt in my local craft store. If you would like to learn more about the recycled plastic felt, here is the link:  eco-fi website .
(P.S.- No, I am not being sponsored or anything by this company, I just get excited about eco-friendly things, and I love sharing my discoveries!). 

All content in this article is ©2016 Brianna Elizabeth Leahy

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Ink Doodles: Art-Wednesday

Catching up on my drawing this week! The first sketch here was a fun doodle I created with gel pen (yes, my inner middle-schooler is way too happy about it)! The set of drawings shown second is part of my never-ending exploration of brush pen and marker.

Nymph Woman Sketch

Shy Girl Brush Pen Sketch 

Shy Girl with Marker

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pokemon Trainer, Bri!: Art-Wednesday

Good evening all! I know with all this Pokémon GO shenanigans going on, there is a lot of wisdom being shared and tons of nostalgia being celebrated! So...since I am one of those who have embraced this new chapter in Pokemon fandom, here I just had to draw myself as a Pokémon Trainer!

For those who played Crystal on their Game Boy Colors, you will notice some similarities to the game's color schemes, though I did a mash-up with the new Pokémon GO experience and my own style :) I hope you enjoy, I've Gotta go and Catch 'em All!

Prof:  What was your name again?

A couple of process pictures, this time last to first:

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(Left):  Cleaning the sketch     (Right):  Initial digital sketch

Thank you! See you here next week!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Baby Zebras: Art-Wednesday

I so enjoy adding personality and attitude to my animal characters; and these tiny zebras are no exception! I take my time painting their stripes and faces; got to get them just right).

They will be availabe for purchase next week at UnderSeaAndStars Studio, on Etsy!

Little Zebras:  Sculpted in polymer clay, baked in my home oven, painted with acrylic and very soon to be finished with a smooth gloss glaze.

A tiny herd of new zebras hang-drying their new painted coats :)

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(Left):  My favorite completed paint-test zebra acts as a guide for the creation of his herd.
(Right):  Each tiny zebra is unique! Every bit is meticulously designed and hand-painted.

Thanks for reading, and catch you next week!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Miss Bear Print on Etsy! Art-Wednesday

Miss Bear is now on my Etsy shop, UnderSeaAndStars! Below you can find photos of Miss Bear's 5x7" print, and a preview of my Etsy listing! 
You can view it for real here:  UnderSeaAndStars Miss Bear Print 

Thanks for reading & see you next week!

All images © 2016 - Brianna Elizabeth Leahy

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Emerald Flora Dress: Art-Wednesday

I had artist's block the other day, and it lead me to try something a little different! I chose three images from my "inspiration bank" of random photos/artwork/architecture and fashion that I find personally inspiring. From those three, I made my own mash-up of the images and my personal style.

Hope you enjoy!

Finished Illustration:  Girl in Green Dress

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Left:  An initial sketch.  Right:  Value study & pattern exploration

All images © 2016 - Brianna Elizabeth Leahy

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Some Sass: Art-Thursday

Some sass for this week :) A combo of a brush pen sketch from the corner of my sketchbook, and some digital color from my iPhone, the Picsart app.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Foxy Pendant: Art-Wednesday

This little fox is made of clay, and I created her specially for my little sister as a good luck charm (and pick-me-up) for her last finals of college! Worked perfectly! :)

Sculpted in polymer clay, painted with acrylic paint, and finished with a waxed cord. I didn't measure her before giving her away, but she is about the size of the pad of my thumb!

My Completed Little Fox Charm

Back View:  Signature Initials & '16 

A look into the process; blocked shapes sculpt before refining & baking.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Mini Graduation Cards on Etsy! UnderSeaAndStars

Great News! My reimagined Etsy shop, UnderSeaAndStars, is now open! I have listed new pieces, including two mini artwork graduation card sets. Each card is 3"x 3", and comes with an illustrated envelope. You can grab one for a friend instantly! Just go to UnderSeaAndStars, download & print!

Keep reading for more details!

My sheep graduation card reads "So Proud of Ewe!", and is great for this year's lady graduates! This sheep was inspired by my sister who graduates this Saturday! Congratulations Amanda!!!

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I live near Oregon State University, so my second card features a very happy beaver graduate!  

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Below are my initial beaver sketch studies, and my graduation cap & diploma pattern!

These cards are now available as digital downloads on at UnderSeaAndStars on Etsy! Please go check them out, and visit again soon! I will be working to post more! Don't forget to favorite my shop for updates when I add more! :) And please feel free to comment here for suggestions!

Thank you! -Brianna