Rachelle Skinner

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    Cute Cryptid – Yeti

    I finally figured out what I wanted to do for backgrounds and I’ve been working on finishing these cute cyptid watercolor paintings and getting them online. First up is the Yeti. He’s probably my favorite of the bunch. I used hand drawn mountains in the background because I want each of the backgrounds to be reminiscent of an old map. I also want to reflect the type of location where these creatures have been sighted. Luckily I had some old snowflake designs I made too and they were a wonderful addition.

    This design is now up for sale in my Society6 and Redbubble shops.

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    Cute Cryptid Project – WIP

    I’m working on a series of cute cryptid paintings. I’ve always loved scary stories and cryptids are usually pretty great at being scary.

    But since I like drawing cute things the most, I decided to make them cute obviously. I want to make them into stickers, but that might change later. For now, here are some work in progress shots of me painting a cute kraken.

     

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    Loon & Water Lily Tattoo Design

    loon and water lily tattoo

    An old friend asked me to design a tattoo for her with a diving loon and water lilies with an art nouveau flair. She sent me some inspiration pictures and the loon’s wavy wings were taken from one of those pictures. Unfortunately I don’t know who the original artist was so I can’t credit them. I was able to be more original with the rest of the painting though. I think I went through four different designs for the swirls in the loon before I settled on the one you see here.

    One of the challenges here was that I don’t know anything about tattoos other than the lines can’t be too thin. Coloring tattoos is a mystery to me as well so I decided to just do what I normally do. I painted the whole thing with watercolor and gouache and sent it to my friend with a note saying to consider it color suggestions for her tattoo artist.

    I expected to go through a few drafts with her, but we lucked out and she loved everything I showed her. I finished the sketches and the painting itself without much fuss which was great. I love how this painting came out too. It was a really fun project to work on. And now one of my best friends has my art on her body. I can’t think of a better compliment!

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    Pizza Pug

    Pizza Pug

     

    I’m one of those people that thinks pugs are adorable. I’ve seen some pictures before of pugs dressed up in Halloween costumes. A pizza costume is what inspired this little painting. I loved the idea of a cute pug delivering pizza. I imagine he’d take a slice as a tip.

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    Polar Bears Staying Warm

     

    Here’s some polar bears trying to keep warm. Illustrated in watercolor and pen.

    The winter here in Minnesota has been unusually mild so far. We’ve only had a handful of days get down to what I’d call “normal” for us. That’d be around the single digits, down to about -10F. We’ve had so many days get above 30F that there’s barely any snow on the ground. It even got above 40F yesterday! It’s crazy!

    Watercolor Narwhal

     

    This is another result of watching too many nature documentaries. Even some of the nature docs like to call them “the unicorns of the sea.” They are really fascinating creatures though so I can see why so many people love them. I personally find myself loving all the arctic sea creatures. It’s amazing what they need to do to survive in that environment.

    This cute watercolor narwhal is available on a variety of items at Society6.