Thursday, December 8, 2016

new things

[listening to "what christmas means to me" by stevie wonder]


i've added a handful of new things to my Etsy today, like my latest Jack and Sally Sugar Skulls print and Ice Queen mini print. and for the first time ever, i've managed to make my latest mini artbook DAYDREAMS BOOK 3 available on Etsy. this is the book that i will bring with me to comic cons in 2017 but it was debuted at CTN Expo in Burbank just before Thanksgiving. i have a small handful left from the expo so i've put it up on Etsy.
you can now order it online and each one sold will include a small quick headsketch on the back of the book. it has character design sketches and exploratory sketches inside - 24 interior pages all in color.

also, since it's the holidays, and i love Christmas, all order in December will include a gift of this mini print of my Frozen Kids! please head on over to my Etsy and give the gift of art this year!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

moana reward

[listening to "christmas lights" by coldplay]

so if u didn't already know, i LOVE the newest Disney movie Moana. i never thought i'd live to see the day when a girl that looks kinda like me could ever sit at the the Disney Princesses table. i always had to settle for Snow White, then Mulan, but nothing hits as close as Moana. and the movie was fantastic!

i decided to play with watercolors again and try out my new Aqua brush (this brush pen that u put water in). i can see using the brush at comic cons (if i ever ventured into doing watercolors at cons) cuz it's not messy at all. what better topic than Moana to try out colors made out of water. =D this is my original art reward for last month's Patreon reward. come and check out my Patreon and join us - - to get monthly rewards like prints, comics, and maybe even original art!

Monday, December 5, 2016

time lapse

i have a Vimeo now! i have a handful of process videos of my work. whenever i figure out how to record what i do in photoshop, i'll post those too. head over to to see the ones i have up so far!

Silk process 1 from Penelope Rivera Gaylord on Vimeo.

this is the first of 2 time-lapse videos for this Silk commission i finished recently. this is after i finished the rough lines and now i'm drawing cleaner lines with my Derwent Inktense colored pencil that i love using. this particular color blends pretty good with my usual color palette when i color with Copic markers.

Silk process 2 from Penelope Rivera Gaylord on Vimeo.

this is the second one where i finish it up with copics. there's no sound on either of these so don't worry, it's not your volume. i haven't done enough research to see where i can get free music to go over my videos yet.

here's the finished product. i used acrylics and watercolors for the gray sides and teal lighting.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

favorite time

[listening to "merry christmas, happy holidays" by nsync]

hey, i owe u a huge apology for the neglect. i'm not sure if i even experienced November cuz it kinda went in a blur. i do know i went to CTN Expo and Disney California Adventure. that much is certain. but the rest of November i either can't remember or prefer to forget. and now, it's officially Christmas time for me. my absolute favorite time of the year. no more comic conventions for the rest of the year, i can sit and do work and actually finish things.

so CTN Expo was great as always. i came home with quite a few books to keep me inspired for another 12 months until next year, then i'm gonna need a re-up. i had these two new mini prints with me (images above) and will be bringing them to comic cons next year. it'll be interesting to see how many folks will pick these up at comic cons since they're not fan art. whenever it does happen, it makes me feel all warm inside to know that they appreciate the art more than the popular character.

i also made a brand new mini artbook, all new stuff that haven't been in any of the other books. lots of pre-lim sketches and even a little process shot of one of my pinups for the kickstarter we recently ran. i'll be bringing Daydreams Book 3 with me next year to comic cons as well.

thank u for sticking with me so far! i heart u all.

Friday, October 28, 2016

halloween comic fest

[listening to the nightmare before christmas soundtrack]

it's almost halloween! i'll be at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis, MD this Saturday Oct. 29th from 11am-2pm for their Halloween Comic-Fest! i love hanging out with the cool folks from the comic shop and they know how to throw a party for their customers. i've never done their halloween event before so i'm not sure exactly what to expect. but if it's anything like their free comic book day, it's gonna be fantastic.
i'll be bringing just a handful of my prints and comics. since it's a short day, i won't be doing any sketches at the event unfortunately. but come on by and say hi! i'll be there with my studiomate and BFF bryan "flash" turner to rep IDSTUDIOS!

this sketch of the Mayor from Nightmare Before Christmas was done last week as a cool-down from many consecutive days of trying to meet deadlines on other projects. i used copic markers, my brush pen, and a little black and white watercolor for the background. but it's really a reward for one of my Patreon supporters. if ur interested in joining us, head to i even have time-lapse videos for them.