Thursday, June 12, 2014

Red Poppy Print - Tiled Desktop Background Free Download


These poppies were watercolored by hand and put together to be a continuous pattern in Photoshop.

Click the image above to make it bigger and then save it or right-click and set it as your desktop background. Drop me a comment or email if it doesn't work, or you need a larger size!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Fire Ant Trail Print - Tiled Desktop Background Free Download




These fire ant trails were painted by hand in gouache and put together to be a continuous pattern in Photoshop.

Click the image above to make it bigger and then save it or right-click and set it as your desktop background. Drop me a comment or email if it doesn't work, or you need a larger size!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Manatee, Seaweed, and Coral Print - Tiled Desktop Background Free Download


These manatees, seaweed, and coral were watercolored by hand and put together to be a continuous pattern in Photoshop.

Click the image above to make it bigger and then save it or right-click and set it as your desktop background. Drop me a comment or email if it doesn't work, or you need a larger size!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sloth Wallpaper - May 2014 (or anytime!) Lazy Summer Desktop Background - FREE DOWNLOAD


It may not quite be summer, but it's heating up here in Oakland. In Oakland terms, anyway - last week we saw sunny days and over 80 degrees. I sure wish I could take a lazy afternoon nap in a tree like these super adorable three-toed sloths. 

Here is some belated sloth wallpaper / desktop background. Since it's tiled it should work on any size monitor or even a mobile device. 

The whole thing was drawn and put together in Photoshop. This was my first continuous pattern, I'm so excited! (Rather than simply tiled.) 

Click the image above to make it bigger and then save it or right-click and set it as your desktop background. Drop me a comment or email if it doesn't work, or you need a larger size!






Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Beauty in the Beast's Magical Rococo Library - Beauty and the Beast Illustration


Another full spread from my project of illustrating Beauty and the Beast set in Rococo France. 

The iconic library scene in Disney's version is so gorgeous and such a big part of so many people's childhoods - including mine - that I can't really hope to compete. Everyone wants a library like that, right? With the windowseats and the staircases and balconies and swoon. So I went in a different direction that still keeps with the era and look. 

The Beast doesn't usually get much character development or even interaction with Beauty in the older versions, so he doesn't give her the library as a present. Instead she spends a lot of time wandering lonely around the empty palace, discovering weird and magical stuff. The library contains every book she's ever wanted to read, plus sometimes every book ever written and every book yet to be written. 

This piece was drawn and assembled completely digitally, though the larger areas of color are from watercolor washes I painted and then scanned. It's meant to be printed as a 24"x9" folio, so that each half is 12"x9".







Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Rococo Beauty with Birds in the Beast's Palace - Beauty and the Beast Illustration


This piece is a full spread from my project of illustrating Beauty and the Beast set in Rococo France. I'm basing mine on some versions where she spends a lot of time alone in the Beast's palace and discovers mysterious and magical rooms and objects. Here she finds a giant room filled with exotic, talking birds. I also like the idea that they are all friends with her and flock to her; in some versions, all wild animals in the forest fled the grounds and areas around the Beast's palace, but find their way back when Beauty arrives because of her awesomeness / magnetism.

This piece was drawn and assembled completely digitally, though the larger areas of color are from watercolor washes I painted and then scanned. It's meant to be printed as a 24"x9" folio, so that each half is 12"x9".

Below are some details.








Thursday, May 1, 2014

J. R. R. Tolkien meets a Redwood


If you've read any amount of J. R. R. Tolkien's works, or seen even a port of the recent Lord of the Rings or Hobbit movies, you know that Tolkien was a dude who loved trees. A lot. And who can blame him? They're goddamn magical.

And that's why it's a shame that he never got to meet a redwood in real life. I don't think he even visited California. Redwoods make their own fog, form cathedrals, create insane light, emit delicious fragrances, and are the giantest trees in the world. You can't get more magical or badass in terms of upright botany is what I'm saying. So I drew Tolkien meeting a redwood.

This piece was drawn and assembled completely digitally, though the larger areas of color are from watercolor washes I painted and then scanned. Details below. 



Monday, April 28, 2014

Website Update to NaomiBardoff.com


You may have noticed a few minor changes on this blog, like the new logo. I'm working on updating my portfolio website and branding. I've been changing out the images featured on my website semi-regularly, but now I've begun a major overhaul. I hope to cut down the number of images even further. So far I've rearranged the categorization a little, updated the logo and colors, and finally installed Pinterest "pin it" buttons on the website and blog.

There are more changes coming too, I can't wait to share them!


I also deleted a few posts on this blog that I couldn't stand any more. I try to do this as little as possible but there were a handful that I just don't want associated with my work any more. The main issue with this is that my LinkWithin widget still links to these old posts, so you might get lead to some dead links a little more often. Hopefully this will fade away awhile after my spring cleaning!



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rococo Beauty and the Beast Dining - Beauty and the Beast Illustration


This piece is a full spread from my project of illustrating Beauty and the Beast set in Rococo France.
This piece was drawn and assembled completely digitally, though the larger areas of color are from watercolor washes I painted and then scanned. It's meant to be printed as a 24"x9" folio, so that each half is 12"x9".

I don't know of a version of Beauty and the Beast in which the Beast doesn't require Beauty to dine with him. Sometimes they will eat together, other times he will watch her dine. (Sometimes he has genteel table manners but when outdoors will stalk and devour prey like a regular beast.) But at the end of every dinner he will ask her a question - sometimes if she loves him, others if she will marry him, and sometimes even if she will got to bed with him.

This is the most recent piece I made in this project and it's my favorite so far. I do have some more that I started earlier that I still need to finish up, I will share them soon!

Below are some details and a vertical version so you can see more of it at once.





Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beauty Rococo-Inspired Character Study - Beauty and the Beast Illustration


I'm working on some illustrations of Beauty and the Beast that are set in Rococo France. This piece isn't a particular scene or part of the story, just a character and mood sketch that I did before anything else. There are some full compositions forthcoming!

This piece was drawn and assembled completely digitally, though the larger areas of color are from watercolor washes I painted and then scanned. It's meant to be printed at 9"x12".

Below are some details and the "pencil" layer (drawn with a Monoprice tablet).






Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Big Orange Splot - rooflines


The Big Orange Splot is a great 1970's children's book by Daniel Marcus Pinkwater about creativity and individuality that I never owned, but remember getting from the library over and over again. The concept stuck vividly in my mind all my life. If you haven't read it you should check it out from your library immediately, but the gist is that Mr. Plumbean lives in a neighborhood where all the houses are the same. When a seagull suddenly drops a bunch of orange paint on his roof, he decorates his whole house and roof with murals and plants and a hammock rather than paint it over to match his neighbors' houses. The neighbors hate it and every night send someone over to convince him to paint it back to match, but one by one all of his neighbors end up decorating their houses in outlandish ways. Soon every house on the street is a unique creation reflecting the owners' dreams and personality.

Part of why this book was so special to me is that, growing up in the Bay Area, I always assumed that it took place in Daly City. Anyone who has driven past Daly City on the freeway will have seen all the "little boxes" that cover the hills: near-identical, boxy houses in an array of creamy pastels. The only irregularity is the curve of the streets and cul-de-sacs over the hills.

So this piece is my re-imagining of the first big scene, based on Daly City. It's based on a sketch I did by hand, while the rest is a collage of watercolor washes and individual watercolor elements (the street lamps, the biggest gull's feet, and the paint bucket) that I did by hand and then scanned. I like working this way to focus on the shapes of objects and the atmosphere of the scene. My goal was to emphasize the sameness and boringness with the repeated pattern of roofs, combined with the weirdness and drama of the seagull dropping the paint bucket over them.

Below are some details and a rough scan of the hard-copy sketch. The piece is designed to be 12" x 24" as a full folio spread, so each individual page would be a square.





Thursday, April 10, 2014

Book Necklace


I made this miniature book library necklace for my sister last fall, but didn't quite finish until about a month ago. These photos were taken as I made final repairs before heading out of her apartment in Brooklyn to fly back to California! My sister loves books and is studying to become a librarian, so I made her some librarian bling. 

They are hand-sewn and even have little headbands in them. The pages open and they're covered in found leather and everything. I don't normally work with leather because I'm a long-time vegetarian and animal-lover, but the Depot for Creative Reuse had some beautiful leather scraps, and I'm a lot more lenient when it comes to upcycling / reusing / used materials. The photos are of my wearing them, and should give you an idea of the dimensions. 

This piece isinspired by The Black Spot Books on Etsy. I have no plans to sell a product like these as they are, because they're so close to her work. 






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