Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Marble Eyes

Today I used ink to draw in all the fur and gangly legs. I love how the tangled flowers and leaves droop from his silly ears. I think his little eye looks a bit like a swirled marble. This is by no means a serious painting and I'm enjoying it's light hearted attitude.

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Dear Dog

Before I can get into my new painting I first must show you my dear old dog.

Rascal, he was my first dog and probably my last. And as much as I used to go on about what a colossal inconvenience he was, I miss him. He really was the perfect dog for a cat lover like me. He never barked, was a cuddle bug, was gentle and timid with children, he was a rescue and my family loved him.

 When we moved to Texas last summer we could no longer keep him in out new apartment, so to Colorado my silly mutt went to live with cousins. Don't get me wrong, they are the perfect family for him, with three kind hearted and energetic children to wear him out!

I just miss that silly dog. He was a beautiful little guy, akin to a fox or deer in his light build with golden fur. It's from his beautiful fox attitude that inspired my latest painting/drawing.
I wanted to show the honest adoration and loyalty only a dog could have for it's family.
Round loving eyes, silly spindly legs, a nearly fox like attitude, and flowers tangled around it's ears, suggesting a playful spirit. It wasn't until after sketching the concept, and re sketching the final canvas that I realized how much of my dear Rascal I had gleaned.

The first concept sketches:

I picked this one to inspire the final design:

The final sketch transferred onto the canvas. I changed the tail position to fit it better:

Now I want to turn it over to you in the comments. Have you ever owned a pet that you really loved and still think of after it's gone? 

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Monday, May 28, 2012

Big Bang Theory Card

Kudos to anyone who instantly knew who these characters are..

Yes, it's the Big Bang Theory cast. I made this nerdtacular card for my buddy's graduation party, at which she had a Big Bang Theory marathon! Few things are such fun as sitting in a room packed with friends, exploding from laughter after jokes referencing Star Trek and social oddities.

Sketching my favorite TV show stars and being careful to funnel personality and wardrobes onto paper was an awesome challenge! I googled Sheldon's Flash shirt to get it just right, and Raj's sweater vests, Howard's monotone outfits, Penny's adorable pink filled t-shirts and Leonard's wistful face. Penny's and Leonard's on again off again relationship, Raj and Howard's uh, close friendship, and Sheldon the human praying mantis.. I adore this show!

Sheldon hiding in a children's ball pit.. genius comes in many forms.

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Weekend Warriors

Weekend Warriors

Jump in the car, drive, discover people, places and Ideas.
The summer sun on your back, a cold drink in your hand, a smile on your lips.
Living for the weekend, living for the adventure.

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Friday, May 25, 2012

Moths and Mushrooms on Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

I'm spending it pool side with my family, watching movies, and barbecuing.
I'm also reconnecting with my sketching/doodling side. I truly love painting, but I miss the freedom of picking up a pen and just pouring out onto paper whatever I feel like.
I guess you could say that my creative side is also on vacation for this glorious three day weekend.
Thus, the moth. Why? Well, butterflies are overrated, and moths I feel are just as beautiful!

Stay Artys & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

P.S. Last time it rained I spotted these beautiful little mushrooms. I instantly felt nostalgic for my Northwest home. Lovely little things aren't they?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Laughable Squiggles

Oh! After days of painting it felt so good to loosen up and just DOODLE!
Squiggly lines, silly figures, laughable situations.. no worries!

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Wednesday, May 23, 2012



The Astronaut painting is finished, and right before I go to NASA.
Yup, that's right, I'm going to NASA! Next weekend I'll be driving to the Air and Space museum in Houston. Dream come true..? You bet your best pair of socks it is!!

(Also on a side note, this painting will be available as a print very soon)

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Jennifer Hom, Art Hero

Today after working on my Flowers and Astronaut painting, I found this incredible artist on Tumblr.
Her name is Jennifer Hom and she works for Google. She creates along with many other artists, the Google sketches. You know, whenever the Google letters put on a show for a holiday/birthday/commemorative. Anyways, Jennifer's work is full of beautiful sweeping lines, interesting color schemes and imaginative subjects. It's safe to say that I now have a new art hero!
Here is her Tumblr full of her work:
Stay Artsy & DFTBA
Sarah Bosserman

Monday, May 21, 2012

Tough As Dirt Classics

many layers of paint in and I'm liking where it's going.

My Dad and I watch movies together.

It's one of my favorite father daughter things we do. We love those grand epics like Laurence of Arabia and Ben Hur or incredible tough as dirt classics like the Great Escape, Bridge Over the River Kwai and The Good The Bad and The Ugly. Not only is watching awesome movies with my Dad great, but the thoughts about history, culture and experience they bring up are just as fun to talk about with him too. I'm not sure where I was heading with this, but I just finished watching an episode of Firefly with him and, well, I guess I'm just grateful that I have such a good relationship with my Father.

I mean, who else am I supposed to watch geeky science fiction with?

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Floating Astronaut in Shades

Using black had been so liberating!!
Finally I can add shades, creating depth and character. I love how the wreath of  leaves and flowers gives off a Madonna like feeling. Heavenly, thoughtful, beautiful.
I can't wait to see her finished.

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Party Animal

With only a few minute to spare before the FC Dallas Soccer Game, I did this quick Hipster-ish-Animal-Mask sketch.

A Lion's head, a James Bond suit, this guy is ready to hit New York!
Quick sketches are fun, I never know what will come of them, I mean, a party animal?

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman 

Friday, May 18, 2012

I Want To Paint It BLACK

Today I bought my first tube of black oil paint.

Up until this point I hadn't used any in my paintings. It was based off the theory Monet had. He thought that there was no such thing as "true" black in nature, his favorite subject. So, he never used it in his later work.

Also, I wasn't alowed to have it because My art teacher wouldn't let me.
When I asked why she just laughed and said I had to "learn to use color first."
Very Zen-Master-Yoda of her if I do say so myself.

Well.. 4 paintings is all I could take, and I think I'm ready for black now.
So, here's my fist attempt.

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Flowers, Leaves & Zero Gravity Hair

Yesterday someone remarked on how I  could possibly know whether I was drawing flowers, leaves, or hair when working on this picture. At first I thought this a very silly question. Then it dawned on me that people can't see my finished idea in my head like I can. So I thought I should point out the qualities that distinguishes these three elements. The leaves are pointed in a Jules Verne fin way. The flowers are ruffled and gather in a circular pattern. Lastly the hair, which would look most unusual in zero gravity, hovers in smooth flowing bunches around her neck and shoulders.

When I first sketch in all these details I have a rough idea of what goes where, so that when I switch to ink it's less of a shot in the dark. However I often improves along the way too.

It's an imperfect science..

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Monday, May 14, 2012

Rabbits, and Missing Cats

So my dear kitty Malmer has gone missing.

I'm hoping he'll find his way back, but I'm doubtful. I love that cuddly critter..

So what do I do to take my mind off this sad situation? I draw other cut balls of fur.. Rabbits.

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Feline of Intrigue

Mister Cat looks dandy in his tuxedo.

Sometimes when I'm tired from the day, it's a struggle to get any art done. Today was such a day, and I had to push myself to draw, so i grabed my Japanese Ink Pens.. and this came out.

Is he a kitty spy? A cat of mystery and intrigue? A feline of fortune?

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Precise Wonder of Our Universe

Me being deep.

"I go to seek a great perhaps."

What a fantastical statement. To go experience what had been up until a certain point out of reach.

  These are the supposed last words of Francois Rabelais the  French Renaissance writer, doctor, Renaissance humanist, monk and Greek scholar. What an interesting idea, not only applied to after death but also to discovery, and outer space. What is out there? As a Christian I view our existence as an opportunity to enjoy and explore creation, and that includes beyond our humble bubble of a world. While I ink in my Astronaut painting I listen to TED lectures on space. It's fascinating, and marvelous that we have the technology to send a probe to traverse the heavens, to have it turn around, and then take a picture of the earth. In said picture our blue berry planet is pin-prick sized.
Click that link, it's truly awe inspiring. The precious life we live here on earth boggles my mind and gives me a thankful heart.

below is what I completed for the day, and it took me a solid hour and a half.
This is what happened when I told my mother this..

Mom: "Pathetic"

Me: "Are you kidding? It took two years for some guy (Michelangelo) four years to finish painting a ceiling (The Sistine Chapel)! Gosh!"

     Of course we joke with each other, but honestly it takes a long time to get lines right, and then to carefully trace them. There is a misconception that because one has artistic ability it it is no longer difficult to do. That is a very, very frustrating myth. It's flipping hard, but it's a challenge that us as artists enjoy. If it were easy it would be pointless. Part of what makes a work of art so great is the effort and precise clarity within it's creation.

It's that same preciseness that fills both artists and scientists with awe, and pushes us to create, explore and share with the world.  

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Friday, May 11, 2012

Major Tom and My Own Space Girl

Yup, I'm on a roll right now.

A crown of flowers within the protective circle of a space helmet.
I was partly inspired to make this Nature-meets-space-Odyssey-mash-up by a 1980's song. "Major Tom" by Peter Schilling is about an alien who hops a ride on a NASA rocket ship to fly home. Yes, this is the kind of science-y-fiction-y stuff that gets me excited to make art. A little nerdy.. yes, but the results.. worth every second of that 1980's-German-Pop!

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Full of Awe

It was only a matter of time before I crossed my Flower paintings with my love for science fiction. haha.

The strange contrast between the flowers, the girl and the deep reaches of lifeless outer space fascinates me. The flower crown is pressed up against the glass, folding over the petals and grasses. The balance of life, and the wonder of an unexplored universe, unending, so beautiful.
When I think about this, the true meaning of "awesome" comes to mind.
"Full of awe."

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


I'm finished! Now I can round up all of my Flower Children paintings for print making.

This is my first series of paintings, and I'm so grateful for the clarity and quality in that they were executed. I spent hours sketching, concepting and paintings these faces, all of which I am satisfied with. It is rare for me as the creator to look back on something and be happy with the result, but I truly am. Hard work, it pays off. Not to mention, pots and pots of coffee..

 Here is the complete series, all of which will be available soon for order at a good price.

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tumblr Worthy Smile

Yesterday I literally spent hours bent over my Loki painting trying to finish it.
 It's not good when I look at my paint brushes, clutch my back (hunched over=bad poster=pain) and groan in agony.  

So with a fist full of dollars and a desire to see something besides my bedroom wall, I set out for my local book store. On the way I took many utilitarian, city scape, "artistically highbrow" photographs. Crap, really. This wasn't a good realisation since I had planned to do photography for this post.

head ducked in shame, worrying about what to make fast enough by tonight, my frown was met by a smile. A yellow smile. The perfect couldn't be planned bit of whimsy and it was right at my feet, ready for the reaping. 

After a bit of editing and a small dose of pretentious typography that makes me smile.. and tah-dah! Please Pinterest it or Tumblr if so inclined!

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Monday, May 7, 2012

Loki of The Avengers, Finished!

So whenever I decide to do a bit of fan art for a movie I always do a google search first on other peoples attempts. I have a competitive nature, so it spurs me on to do better than whomever came before me. This why I don't play sports. Better to beat someone with a pen than a tennis racket.. ouch. Anyways, after my image search I was honestly disgusted with what I found. Sure there were some spot-on interpretations of Loki from the Avengers, but most of hit was to "good natured" for his character. I doubt Loki spends his evenings cuddling kittens and panda bears! Armed with the knowledge that I could create something different, I set out to spot light Loki in all his evil, ambitious glory. I think I did pretty well too! The best part was experimenting on a small canvas with color and that cape was such fun!

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Free Comic Book Day & Loki Fan Art

Yeah, Free Comic Book Day was yesterday. I know, but, I forgot to post this!

This was my first year to participate, and I took full advantage of it. I've never read actual comic books before, aside from Tintin and Calvin and Hobbes. They don't really count since they were designed for newspapers. So this "holiday" was a fun sort of experiment for me to try something new and I'm glad that I did! First off, it was fun to feel a bit like Sheldon Cooper, carrying a stake of comics up to the counter, with a goofy excited smile on my face. Secondly, I actually did enjoy the stories! There was one based off Firefly, one off Starwars, one was a vintage reprint from the 60's. Also there was an Avengers story and the others were new stories I had never heard of. Some of the books were double sided, containing two stories. My third reason for my first Free comic book Day being a success was the art inside! Beautiful, just beautiful..

Also, I've started to paint in my Loki drawing!
Isn't he evil looking? The perfect villain!

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Friday, May 4, 2012

Loki from The Avengers, Drawing.

Today I saw The Avengers. It was incredible, action packed and full of  character arch's, well you know, for a super-hero movie. Not only am I glad it was such a success for the sake of Loki being my favorite super villain, but also since Josh Whedon wrote the screenplay and directed it. Who's Joss Whedon you might say? Well, he wrote and directed Firefly, a science fiction TV show that lasted only 1 season but spawned a huge fan base. It's one of those television "got the axe" tragedies.

Anyways, back to The Avengers!

After watching this fantastic movie, I had to draw Loki, Thor's evil half brother.
So, I did! Tomorrow I'll add color and finish inking him.

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Light Up Pop Up of Paris

Part 2

Since seven this evening, I've experienced a series of short but annoying power outages. So, with this rare window of electric power, here is my project for the day! Part 2 of my Paris Light box is coming along well. I drew up some Parisian buildings, drilled some holes in the cigar box, stuck a few bubble lights inside.. it's looking so cute.  Unfortunately it doesn't photograph well in the dark (to show the multi colored lights) but this gives you an idea. It's not finished yet, but that okay because I'm having a lot of fun building it!  

Oh, and it all folds up!

Stay Artsy & DFTBA

Sarah Bosserman