Doodling Aimlessly…

Since finishing the book illustrations, I’ve kinda been giving myself some time off from art. That sounds weird seeing how much joy being artistic brings me, but I’ve wanted to focus on Baby Girl and get some things done around the house before I start into another major project. Thankfully, we were able to get away to the beach a couple weekends ago, and while Baby Girl was playing on the floor, I got to kick back and read some Real Simple magazines they had in the condo. I found a couple of really cool ads from Kate Spade and decided to try to draw one of them.

Kate Spade ad

Inspired by a Kate Spade ad

Original Kate Spade "Rapido!" Ad

Original Kate Spade “Rapido!” Ad

Clearly it’s not done yet, but I’m working on it little by little while Baby Girl sleeps. I just checked out Google images for Kate Spade ads to find the original, and I think I need to pin some of these to my Pinterest for future inspiration. They’re so colorful! I like it!

Just chillin’ for now,

Natalie Grace

“Webby Wednesdays” – The Ladies of Animation: Brittney Lee

The next Disney vis-dev artist is Brittney Lee.

Brittney Lee at 2012 Comic-Con (photo from

Brittney Lee at a 2012 Comic Con (photo from

Whereas Claire’s work highly influenced Tangled, I think Brittney’s work is best seen in Frozen. Just search Google images for her name and you’ll see how talented this lady truly is. She does layered paper illustrations that are just mind-blowing. I have no idea how she does it, but they look so intricate, they leave me amazed. Like this one:

Brittney Lee's crazy paper skills highlighted on

Brittney Lee’s paper layering skills highlighted on

Holy cow, right? Seriously. And if you’re in love with Frozen, she has some great blog posts about some of the developmental work she did for the film, mostly on the costumes. Very cool stuff. Check it out!

“Life Is Terrible”

It’s finally finished! My big surprise project! The gift’s been given, and it’s ready to be shown off! Hooray! (Can you tell from all my exclamation points that I’m kinda excited?)

Presenting my very first illustrated book: “Life Is Terrible” by Chrissy Krizman

My friend Christi Mann wrote this book for her boyfriend, Nick, for his birthday from their dog, Chrissy. Christi sent me multiple pictures of all of them and scenes from around their house as references, and I went to town. I can’t believe the whole thing only took me about 3 weeks from start to finish. Thank the Lord for my Wacom tablets, too, or this still wouldn’t be done. :) What a fun project!

I’m ready for my next challenge! Bring it on!

Super stoked,

Natalie Grace

“Webby Wednesdays” – The Ladies of Animation: Claire Keane

About a year ago, I stumbled upon the blogs of some of the most talented female animation artists. I’m not sure whose page I found first, but all of these ladies work, or have worked, for the Disney studios mostly as visual development artists. I was so thrilled to stumble upon these blogs, and I’m excited to share them with you! There are quite a few, so I’m going to share one at a time.

The first artist is Claire Keane (cuz she’s my favorite).

Claire Keane

Claire working on “Once Upon a Cloud” (photo by Razi Wilson Photography)

As the daughter of legendary animator Glen Keane (see, I told you I’d talk about him a lot) and granddaughter of The Family Circus illustrator Bil Keane, Claire has followed in the family footsteps and become a big name in art. Her contributions for Disney’s Tangled were integral in forming the look of Rapunzel and her world. Here’s a piece she did for the  Check out this video of Claire painting a wall at the Disney studios in her fun and whimsical style.

Claire left Disney in September of last year to focus on becoming a children’s book writer and illustrator. I’m a little nervous about the future of Disney without her, but this might be a great move for her own career. Check out her blog page to see the incredible book she’s just finished. It’s so cute!

Nursery Projects

I can’t believe all my illustrations for the surprise project are finished! I’m so excited to see the final product and share it all with you. Until then, I’ll revisit some old projects I haven’t blogged about yet.

First up, I wanted to archive the commissions I’ve done so far for children’s rooms. I love doing art for kids since cartoons (especially Disney characters) are my favorite things to draw.

My first mural commission ever was for a couple from our church. They had picked out the bedding set they loved for their son’s room, but wanted to add some related flair to the walls. Unfortunately they’ve since moved, so I assume these have been painted over, but I’m glad I still have pictures! I first researched the bedding set they told me about and found the owl and fox pictures you could buy to go with the set, then drew them myself and added the tree and stump. I borrowed a projector from church and projected my image onto their wall, traced it, and started painting. It was SO fun, and I’d love to try one again.

These puppy pics are a commission I did a couple years ago for my friend Crystal. She and her husband wanted to deck out their son’s nursery with puppies. She has an amazing eye for decoration (hint: she even has her own business), so she gave me great directions for what she was picturing in her mind and I happily dove into the challenge of making it come alive for her.

I’ve already done a full blog post on my commission for my friend’s son’s room here (part 1) and here (part 2), but I’ll post a couple here for the sake of revisiting them.

And finally, the paintings I did for my own daughter’s nursery. I worked on these all through my first trimester to keep myself busy. Can you tell the theme?


Minnie Mouse Nursery

Have an idea for your child’s room? :)

-Natalie Grace