Lotus Petals (Study)
Lotus Petals (Study) art

“Lotus Petals”
by Gayle Wheatley
Watercolor on Paper
12 x 9 inches

Final Painted Book Cover Art

Final Painted Book Cover Art art
Here’s the finished cover art for the novel Night Terrors! It was one of the first illustrations I’ve done as an oil painting, and I definitely felt like it was a big success. I’ve been struggling with different methods for illustration projects lately, experimenting with everything from digital vector illustrations to digitally painted art to hand-painted watercolors. But I have to say painting in oils still seems to work best for me, even though it’s not really the most practical or streamlined approach for commissioned illustrations.

Below are some process photos taken over the duration of the project:
Final Painted Book Cover Art art

Mushroom Chic

Mushroom Chic art
Watercolor & Ink on Paper

Sea Cap
Sea Cap art

Watercolor on Paper

Happy Labor Day!

Crab Girl

Crab Girl art
Gayle Wheatley, colored pencil & ink on paper

Inspirations: astrology, Battle Star Gallactica and my sketches from the oceanography section of the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History.

Vine Nymph

Vine Nymph art
Gayle Wheatley, Colored Pencil on Paper

The Green Fairy

The Green Fairy art

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!!!
Gayle Wheatley, colored pencil & ink on paper

Inspirations: Irish luck + shamrocks, Moulin Rouge + absinthe, Thumbelina + Peter Pan

Antler Girl

Antler Girl art

Gayle Wheatley, Colored Pencil and Ink on Paper
Inspirations: pink lemonade, deer watching in Nara, Japan and Malibu, CA, Native American mythology and “Necromance,” the most interesting store I’ve ever been to in LA…it’s on Melrose and is filled with animal skeletons, amazing taxidermy, antlers, preserved insects, sea creature fossils, teeth & shells, preserved animal bits in jars and all sorts of interesting stuff.

Meow.

Meow. art
Gayle Wheatley, Colored Pencil on Paper

Stawberry-Lemonade Rocker

Stawberry Lemonade Rocker art

Gayle Wheatley, Colored Pencil and Ink on Paper, Osaka Forever Series

Inspirations: Japanese fashion, punk rock, Shinsaibashi

Cowgirl with Tutu and Lotus Threads

Cowgirl with Tutu and Lotus Threads art

Gayle Wheatley, Colored Pencil and Ink on Paper, Osaka Forever Series

Inspirations: Japanese fashion, Americamura, riding the bull at Saddleranch, Monk & Pantone Rubine Red.

Swimming with Fishes

Swimming with Fishes art
Gayle Wheatley, Colored Pencil in a Moleskine Journal

Swimming with Fishes art