Monday, 10 November 2008


Just a few pics of a new character style I'm exploring at the moment...




I've been feeling a bit dissatisfied with my approach to the characters in my work lately - I've sort of been boxing myself into a corner by being to restrictive with their proportions, and trying to make their faces look 'perfect', etc. Sooo, I've been trying to get out of some of my nasty habits over the past week or so with these ladies! I'd love to hear what you think :)

63 comments:

Sabbio said...

I love their style, the shadows. A lot of melancholy comes out of their faces and (lack of?) expressions... These are first-class characters ;)

Diane Duda said...

I don't think you have any nasty habits when it comes to your art!
But variety is always good. I have at least 5 different "people styles". It keeps it from getting boring.

These girls are sweet as ever!

xo
Di

Suzan Buckner said...

They are magnificently beautiful!! I love them!!

Colorado Writer said...

Beautifully haunting.

NANCY LEFKO said...

they are very sweet Leanne...my favorite is the first with the checked top :)

justagirl said...

I do like their necks, and I like how the first one has one eye bigger then the other... makes her look a little prettily odd (if that makes sense)? Which is so endearing, I think most people can relate to looking a little odd.

I know what you mean about boxing yourself in to things. I am the boxing queen!!!

Bon said...

Are you going to put these prints on Etsy? I love these.

Amy Short said...

Leanne!

You are an amazing talent with amazing skill. I think that these are great and so are your others. Let whatever is inside you come out...THAT will always be your best work. You know, when you become restrictive it is time to let go a bit and see what happens (which you obviously did here).

You truly are amazing, these have a quality about them that is sad and intriguing. Beautiful as usual woman!

:o)
Amy

Sarah said...

wow all your work is amazing! I have enjoyed looking at your blog immensely

Sarah x

mystele said...

oh, these characters immediately drew me in. i love the fact that their bodies are imperfectly matched with their faces. there is a freedom about them.

Evelina Wikberg said...

Hi Leanne. Thank you for the kind comment on my blog. I love your artwork. Think it is about time to get something different on the stamp market and your illustrations are just adorable!!Have a good week and all the best. Eva

Amy Short said...

Leanne!

I have just awarded you the Marie Antoinette award! Come to my blog and pick it up! I know I have given you a different award before but hey, you continue to inspire and I personally am inspired by you!
:o) Amy

Christina Silverio said...

These are so sweet! I love this new style! I love the third one best I think. Wonderful work. :)

Adriana Whitney said...

I think they are awesome! I love them. Are you goint to paint them?
My favorite is the first one.
I think this style is so good, wow.
Love
Adri

MaygreenFairies said...

Your new blog style is gorgeous, I always adore reading your blog, your artwork is so stunning. Keep em coming pleeeease!!!

Debbie Egizio said...

These are so beautiful but all of your work is absolutely stunning. It's fun to try new ways of working but please don't change your original style. I Love it!!!

Yeruza said...

delicado trabajo
me encantan los grises
genial!

;)

Armida said...

Leanne:
They are really beautiful, I don't think there is any problem with the proportions, you have a very original style, they are perfect.

Armida

Paula said...

WOW I'm totally blown away by youre blog...the work you do is breath taking!

Linda B said...

my first visit to your blog, AMAZING, fabtacular, brilliant!

I've had to put you in my faves list as I just love your art

glitterandink said...

wow,I have just found your blog and I love your work.Really stunning.Elisa.x

Anne said...

Stunning!!! I've just seen your drawings and blog for the first time and they are just wonderful! Looking forward to seeing these in stamp form!!

Pea said...

beautiful adorable paintings ! I love all your paintings ! Your new style has an magnetic charm to it !

Nes said...

Ive only just found your blog so need more time to have a good nose around in it but I really like your new characters. I especially like the 3rd one.There's something about them thats very appealing. I do like the lack of 'perfection' in them and the sketch quality.

Azul Valentina said...

Leanne,
I have an award for you on my blog. You are one of my favorites!

The Crafty Den said...
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The Crafty Den said...

Hi Leanne, I've only just discovered your blog but I'm loving everything. I particularly like the first girl but they are all fab. Btw I adore the 'wish' print in your etsy shop. Hugs, Denise x

Invictas & Co. said...

I think they are super cute! Specially the first one.

It's a really good thing to accept one's bad habits and try to get better, thought I wouldn't say your previous work "bad habit". Yours is one of my favourite blogs, I visit it all the time!

Hope to see some more new things :)

louisa said...

Well, It looks like this style comes very naturally to you because it's incredible! Love it!... and am anxious to see more!

retiredheather said...

wow. Love the way you use shadows to make a statement. Great work.
Heather

fun fliffy said...

ooohhh..i just love everything here... so lovely...

DandelionFariy - Christine said...

It looks like you are truly gifted when it comes to design. These are very appealing...as is all the rest of your work :)

Hilary said...

I love this kind of artwork! Gives such mood to the art. They are so cute the girls. :) Lovely work!

MaygreenFairies said...

They are truly scrumptious, I adore all of your work!

Mandy x

Kipik said...

These new drawings are wonderfully soulful. 'Seems like you have arrived "home" (the place where you feel comfortable being who you are)continue!

gryphon said...

Just discovered your blog through another friends blog and so glad I did! Your illustrations are beautiful and fun!. These latest ones have a quirkyness to them that is really captivating. I for one would love to see this style explored further. Eagerly awaiting more images.

BluBoy Comics by Ryan Spencer said...

Beautiful work Leanne!!! ^_^

Bone*Head*Studios said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE these little sweeties!!!!
blessings,Flora

messyfish said...

i think i love your new style best!

HEIMLAGA said...

Hello :D I just discovered this beautiful blog from Kertulinpaja. She had used one of your stamps, and I just looove it :D so I wonder where it may be possible to buy your stamps :D Thank you for your beautiful art :D kind regards VyanMica in Norway

Michelle said...

COOL!

Stampingcaz said...

I love your stamps from Funky kits and I have been making a few cards with them on my blog

Keep them coming
Cazx

Lola Enchanted said...

I think these are wonderful! Pretty amazing if you ask me!!!

Kim Piggott said...

Wowzers!!!!!!
Have just found your blog and I am blown away by your stunning talent!

I am in love with all your fabulous art.

Thank you so much for sharing you are truly awe inspiring!

hugs
kim xxx

Flor Larios Art said...

I like them all. They are so cute!

Laura O'Donnell said...

hello, I found your blog thru Sugar Nellie stamps. Just wanted to stop in and tell you that I think your illustrations are wonderful!

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!!

liannallama said...

oh, they're haunting and so beautiful! Love them!

blendedcolors said...

I just found you on etsy today. I love your artwork, and I think there's always going to be a day when we all need a little change. It gets the creative juices flowing...

Jonathan & Heather said...

Love them. I would love to see them on your Etsy shop. One of these days I am going to buy some prints when I have some spare money. Keep it up- you have great stuff!

vintagepaletteart said...

How adorably precious! Love this new style of yours Leann. They give me a sense of calm. =o)

*Lori

Jeannie said...

I just found you via Sugar Nellie Stamps. I luv, luv, luv your stuff girl!!! Question - do you have anything with dragonflies?

Jeannie

Gufobardo said...

I wrote about your blog on my blog, ciao from Italy, Stef

José said...

Hi,

Your characters remind of stories and show great creativity.

Kind regards,

José

Kate said...

I really love them! I think they are more unique and have such charm!

Free spirit said...

You work is just amazing!! Very inspiring! Love it

Lorajean said...

These are super cute!! Wow i am a bad blogger I haven't commented in a long time! :) I love your work!

LINANNA DESIGNS said...

Oh Leanne these images are just gorgeous, you are just so talented, your work is truly amazing. Looking forward to more ofyour wonderful images. Hugs Linda x

tzajack said...

I just love these, they have so much character. Definitely unique!

Mónica Muñoz said...

That nice!
all it's beautiful

Kris Turner said...

Hi! I was so thrilled to be able to buy your work in stamp form. The expressions of these beautiful ladies totally drew me in. I would only hope to see more with a hint of a smile and more with the air of wonder (i.e., like the little girl with the fish). Your work in the stamp world is so refreshing! Hope you'll provide more rubber stamp images of your work in the future.

Your artistry is a true gift - thank you for sharing it with us all!

Kris, Wadsworth, OH

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Greatma said...

I love your art work!!!!!!!!!!!They make me smile! Antique Rose