January 25, 2019

Getting Ready for Valentine's Day With Cute Mice Card Illustrations

This illustration is titled "He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me"

Here's the first of six watercolor designs I'm painting with a cute mouse Valentine's Day theme. {I'm saving the cute bunnies for Easter. ;-) } My goal at this point is to complete them by February 11th and submit them to a card publisher. Baby steps.
Cute Mouse Watercolor Valentine Card Design Illustration by Tawnya Boe

January 17, 2019

7 Things Radagast the Brown Has Taught Me About Illustration

Radagast the Brown Watercolor Illustration

Really it was upon completing my illustration of Radagast the Brown that I had an "ah-ha" moment, not actually a lesson from Radagast himself. :-)  How cool would that be to meet a fictional healing wizard?!

My realization was this: In order to successfully create designs I love and promote (and market - oneday) I have decided to establish and prioritize a creative routine.But - I have to keep it. This includes saying "no" to events and favors for others that distract me from my goal, and carving out most of my week specifically for designing. This also includes saying "yes" to events and people that inspire and support my goal.

I'm continually learning what it means for me to "be an independent illustrator". This is not something that defines who I am; it's simply something I love to do a majority of my time. At this point, being independent illustrator means: 

1) keeping my creative doors open - letting the vibes do their thing
2) seeking out new design ideas & techniques - technical education
3) letting the Universe guide me (!! This is a big one for me. Release the need to control.)
4) staying away from negativity & drama (creative doors close tight for me if this is an influence in my life)
5) taking my time - I have to embrace "my own way"
6) and understanding there is always something more for me to learn in the art field (and life - haha). 
7) Last but not least, on being independent - I also believe that the energy I offer to support and encourage others to achieve their personal and professional goals comes back my way. It's a "win-win" attitude and it feels great too!

This is really "a journey" for me. Until I take one step, the next one isn't revealed. It's a balance between having an idea and then implementing it. It's a balance between "talking", "wishing", and "taking action". It's a balance between listening to others and listening to my own heart. Life isn't black and white. It all works together. If I allow myself to relax and let life flow, inspiration comes magically. Except it really isn't magical, is it. It seems to be a blend between logical and spiritual happenstance. :-D With that, I'll close, leaving Radagast to explain his unspoken magical message.

January 10, 2019

Ice Cream Shop - Watercolor Illustration

Owl Ice Cream Shop Watercolor

An acquaintance purchased an ice cream concession stand and mentioned he'd like to use an owl eating ice cream for his logo. I was inspired to draw several sketches. This is one of the more "cartoony" styles. 

January 4, 2019

2018 Happy Christmas Goodie Mug - Watercolor and Tradigital Painting

Christmas Watercolor Art

Greetings! I finally made it through the holidays (other than one more meetup) to paint this cutie-pie in a cup.

About the inspiration for this piece: there is a video going around Facebook and MeWe.com of a girl who walks through a public park and tons of rabbits are filmed hopping down the street and sidewalk after her. With the holidays here, I thought "how I would love to capture one and stick him in a mug!" (I've also seen images of small breed bunnies in mugs on Pinterest.) And since I love that darn sugar, forget the lettuce and carrots this season! Hope you enjoy!