I recently completed this 132-page sketchbook that I've been using since 2016, so it's time for another tour video! This ended up being one of my favorites, filled with fantasy portraits, quirky portraits, floral portraits... you get it, a lot of portraits. There's also animal and landscape studies, as well as abstract-ish mixed media experiments and a healthy helping of doodles. Read more...
I've been drawing, painting and creating digital mixed media photo-montages for personal pleasure since around 2003. While I've worked as a freelance illustrator for a few years and had numerous solo and group exhibitions, I'm now focused on art as a means of personal self-expression.
If you like any of the pieces, many of them are available as high-quality prints on paper, canvas, and products. If you're interested in purchasing any of the originals, feel free to contact me for information on pricing.
Traditional Fine Art
Traditional surreal and dark drawings, paintings, and mixed media works on paper and canvas.
- The Shadow
- I See Color
- Mycelium Spirit
- The Trophy
- Mind Patterns III: Starstruck
Digital surreal, fantasy, and sci-fi paintings and mixed-media photo montage.
Quick and spontaneous traditional and digital sketches and studies. Lots of character designs, skulls, and landscapes.
- Animal sketches & studies 2021
- Flying heart with bat wings
- Clathrus ruber
- Reclining forest fairy
- Water and Earth
- Drippy ink & watercolor portrait
- Drippy mixed media portrait
- Naive portrait
Sketchbook Adventures on my blog
Videos and articles featuring my artwork, favorite techniques, and tips.
In this episode of Nela’s Art Chat I’m sharing the process of creating a mixed media self-portrait, and discuss how creativity and the arts can improve our mental health and help us maintain a healthy outlook on life, give meaning to our life, and help us deal with daily challenges and grief. I would love for more people to learn about this power of creativity that anyone can use in their life. Read more...
Sketching on the go is my favorite pastime, and I have the perfect sketching kit for every occasion. From the lightest most minimal everyday kit, to the portable “studio in a bag” I take when I travel, one of these five kits goes with me literally everywhere. Read more...
In this long 3-part video series, I share my favorite mixed media art supplies for sketchbooks and art journals, along with examples of how I use them. I’ve been keeping sketchbooks since 2006 and experimented with lots of different mixed media techniques. My approach involves a lot of drawing, doodling, and painting, usually of figurative and surreal scenes and creatures. I combine drawing mediums that allow for a lot of precise detail, along with some more fluid and expressive painterly techniques that add atmosphere, depth, and texture. Read more...
In this experimental graphic essay, I explain why I stopped using Instagram and broke my dysfunctional relationship with the algorithm. Read more...
In this navel-gazing graphic essay / sketchbook story / visual journal entry I explore my desire to integrate written and visual communication, why I love the Internet, and highlight one beautiful irony of my life. Read more...
Since I started using sketchbooks in 2006, I alternated between drawing and writing. I occasionally combine the two, but it’s still not completely integrated. It’s like I have a “drawing mode” and a “writing mode”—when I’m using one, the other one is turned off. I want to evolve this part of my practice, so I’m giving myself assignments to integrate words and images. Read more...
There are positive and beneficial sides to comparing our work to that of other artists, and there are also plenty of drawbacks. In today’s episode of Nela’s Art Chat I’m drawing a magical winter fairy colored pencil portrait while talking about how to productively compare your art with others’ so you can learn from it, and how to change your mindset so you don’t fall into the black hole of hating your own work because it’s not “good enough”. Read more...
In the past couple of weeks I've uploaded new recordings of my completed sketchbooks on YouTube, so I'm posting all 3 videos here for your viewing pleasure! The first two are small watercolor sketchbooks featuring seascapes, urban sketches, doodles, and mixed media experiments. The last one is a mixed media art journal featuring all kinds of experimental techniques and approaches to filling sketchbook pages. Read more...
If you’re interested in mixed media art journals, you’ve likely seen it all. YouTube is full of step-by-step techniques if you want to give it a try. But over the years I’ve learned what I like and what I don’t like about making art, and this has led me to develop my own methods which work with my style and personality. In this article, I share some techniques I use to bring more fun to my sketchbook/art journaling practice. Read more...