Illustration

My 2nd illustration as a Tombow USA guest designer

Go to the original posting to see the progress photos!

“Flying through the East of Edinburgh” (Arlene Ellis, 2014)

“Flying through the East of Edinburgh” (Arlene Ellis, 2014)

“Flying through the East of Edinburgh” (Arlene Ellis, 2014)

“Flying through the East of Edinburgh” (Arlene Ellis, 2014)

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Illustration

I’m this week’s guest designer on Tombow USA’s blog

I’m also their first ever weeklong guest designer. I’m not sure how I pulled that off, but I’m thrilled nonetheless. I’ll be drawing a different illustration everyday this week using their dual brush pens. Below is the first illustration I completed for the blog. Go to the original posting to see the progress photos!

"Domestic and Global Restlessness" (Arlene Ellis, 2014

“Domestic and Global Restlessness” (Arlene Ellis, 2014

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Photography

Flickr Commons—My destination for cool free images!

Have you visited Flickr Commons lately? I suggest you check out their galleries filled with cool vintage images. Did I mentioned that the images have no known copyright restrictions? Yup. This is a treasure chest for anyone who loves to create photo montages. Check this self-portrait montage I created using images from Flickr Commons!

“Shifting Projections in the Lower East Side”

When Dublin Meets New York City, Strange Things Happen.

"Shifting Projections in the Lower East Side"  (Copyright: Arlene Ellis, 2013)

“Shifting Projections in the Lower East Side” (Copyright: Arlene Ellis, 2013)

Montage Ingredients

"Upside Down Lower East Side" (Copyright: Arlene Ellis, 2013)

“Upside Down Lower East Side” (Copyright: Arlene Ellis, 2013)

"Meet you under the clock at Clery's" (Flickr Commons: National Library of Ireland)

Meet you under the clock at Clery’s (Flickr Commons: National Library of Ireland)

Woman aircraft worker. 1942. (Flickr Commons: The Library of Congress)

Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif. Shown checking electrical assemblies (LOC). Bransby, David. Photographer. 1942 June.

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Illustration, Science, Work In Progress

What inspires a drawing?

"Chronic Ambitions" (Illustrated by Arlene Ellis, 2013)

“Chronic Ambitions” (Illustrated by Arlene Ellis, 2013).
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What inspires a drawing? For me, it usually begins with a need to release some baggage that threatens to slow down my day. First a voice whispers, “I must draw something.” Then an objection arises, “but what are you going to draw?” And finally a stubborn retort, “I don’t know! But if I don’t, the desire will stalk my thoughts. I will see sinuous lines where no lines exist, shadows where there should be highlights, reds where you know there should be greens!” Then I dive into a sea of images, images that seem to infect the wallpapers lining my dreams. I bring them into focus. I introduce them to each other and let them mingle. Finally, I set the mood with some music and record them dancing.

"WIP Chronic Ambitions" (Illustrated by Arlene Ellis, 2013)

“WIP Chronic Ambitions” (Illustrated by Arlene Ellis, 2013).
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"WIP Chronic Ambitions" (Illustrated by Arlene Ellis, 2013)

“WIP Chronic Ambitions” (Illustrated by Arlene Ellis, 2013).
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“The venom of the lionfish, delivered via an array of up to 18 needle-like dorsal fins, is purely defensive. It relies on camouflage and lightning-fast reflexes to capture prey, mainly fish and shrimp. A sting from a lionfish is extremely painful to humans and can cause nausea and breathing difficulties, but is rarely fatal.” -National Geographic

"Chronic Ambitions" (Illustrated by Arlene Ellis, 2013)

“Chronic Ambitions” (Illustrated by Arlene Ellis, 2013).
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"Chronic Ambitions" (Illustrated by Arlene Ellis, 2013)

“Chronic Ambitions” (Illustrated by Arlene Ellis, 2013).
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