meglyman_octophantOctophant by Meg Lyman

8×10″ gouache and ink on board

Etsy link

Thanks to a fan’s suggestion, I present the octophant! This was a fun textural piece. I used a yellowish underpainting and layered grey over the top, then textured it with a plastic shopping bag to look sorta like elephant skin. I put the bag down haphazardly on the wet paint, put a heavy book on it, and let it sit overnight.

The octophant was textured with brushwork – wet in wet strokes, plus some dry brush. Gouache is the best to play with. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

SALE etc.


Yes I am doing a thing like all the stores that sent you 16 million emails today. Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale on my Etsy shop – 20% off for you awesome blog readers! Use the code BLOGSOME now through Monday for 20% off anything, including prints and originals and t-shirts and calendars. Because you are awesome!

Also I added a bunch of stuff today.

Love, Meg

Drawloween: the Conclusion

Here are the rest of them! It was super fun and challenging.

drawloween13Frankenstein’s Monster (OK Meg’s Monster)drawloween14aBatdrawloween15Amuletdrawloween16Grave – inspired by the Forks Cemeterydrawloween17Demondrawloween18Maskdrawloween19Creature from the Black Lagoondrawloween20Skull (otter)drawloween218-bit zombiedrawloween22Candy (laaaazy)drawloween23Goredrawloween24Just doin skeleton stuffdrawloween25Mummydrawloween26Ratdrawloween27Witchdrawloween28Black Catdrawloween29Scarecrow (get it??)drawloween30Spiderdrawloween31Dragon

Geek Girl Con

A HUGE thanks to everyone who came to this, my favorite convention, and especially to those of you who stopped by to talk or buy art. I appreciate you! I had great neighbors, too. Here is a picture dump of the Drawloween sketches from the last few days! Raven, moon, eyeball (titled by The Husband: Apt Pupil), and alien.

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