Totoro watercolor study of the night, 15 minutes of painting reduced to four fifteen second Instagram hyperlapses. My profile is littered with it. Top of the line!

OR here are the direct links if you’re coming across this post later:
Initial Wash | Brand Bleed & Chu Totoro | Drawing of the Big Totoro | Finishing Touches

'Void Ripper' is the second oil painting I've finished in a really long time. It's sitting in my living room drying right now. You can see a process shot from early July on this blog. It’s ended up less abstract than it started, I can dig that. A sky and a tree is truer to my internal compass of what I paint.

I’m typing in simple English right now since I just recovered from a week long flu, well, barely, still coughing and lethargic. Luckily, getting to the point again where I feel annoyed if I’m not entirely productive. I don’t know if I have anything else to say, just trying to not feel so craptastic about the world and this year on a personal level.

An evening piece inspired by faraway places.

I painted some animals!

Watercolor sessions from this past weekend.

I enjoyed Shovel Knight!

I thought I’d have to grow up and give up games to succeed as an adult… NOPE. Don’t give up the things you love! What I would go back in time 6 years ago and shake myself out of such a silly thought.

Edit: Squeee, Yacht Club Games shared the piece.

A week ago, I had Cintiq lust and then Cintiq price bust. A hobbyist seriously cannot even.
However, this time I discovered a cost friendly alternative – the Yiynova.

Granted I’ve only been playing with it for one night, but so far:

  • Like many reviews mention, there is a huge distance between the digital cursor and the physical pen nib.
  • What bugs me the most personally is that the nib only comes in shiny plastic. I am really fond of the felty nib Wacom has.
  • However this has still been worthwhile considering purchasing it refurbished meant it cost less than a 16GB iPad. But again, I’ve only had this for a day.

OK, this aside, Wonder Woman!

Her Wildest Dreams, Watercolor, 2014.

It turns out my friends share my wildest dreams which lead to this wonderful commission. This piece is 12x12’ (The last piece I did on whim for myself was 8x8’) on thick watercolor stock paper. It’s a huge pleasure to be supported by my friends.

Added the susuwatari, chu and chibi totoro, :)

Painting process on Instagram ➡
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p.s. I’m taking the summer off to experiment with painting projects. If you like this sort of thing and want to support, I’m offering a limited edition set (maybe 5 or 10 max) of ‘Wildest Dream’ commissions for a set price of $600 for the original foot by foot watercolor. It doesn’t have to be Totoro – just your childhood dreams realized.

Email for details: bysusanlin at gmail.com

I illustrate your life goals!

Susan’s moving plane studio vs. Howl’s Moving Castle… Mine is way less cool.

But, oh, cotton candy No Face.

There is so much to catch you guys up on… Can’t stop shipping ⚓

More up to date channels:

Instagram — slice of life collage recaps.

Many state of the studio shots. Making any and all dining tables into a studio that is. Embracing nerdery wholly again. Letting myself play games and go do things that I wrongly rejected as ‘wastes of time’

I remember receiving this feedback in art school:

You’ve got the technique down, but stop wasting your time only drawing manga-style.

I still haven’t listened.

Life is short. Draw, illustrate, paint, collect, live the way you want. Responsibly, of course.

Wildest Dreams, watercolor, 2014.

You CAN even. Whenever I get creatively dysfunc, I can always rely on my neighbor Totoro to remind me why I was inspired to be creative: to immerse others in a magical world the way Totoro’s world still immerses me.

Hooray, photographs in natural light~
And a bonus process gif, since I remembered to take some photos along the way.

Also on dribbble ➡
And of course instagram ➡