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About Traditional Art / Professional Paisley GrayFemale/United States Recent Activity
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The Only Harmless Great Thing by ThePaisleyLady
The Only Harmless Great Thing
Mixed Media on Wood Panel

New commission finished!  A gift from my pal to his new lady friend.  Yay romance!

"Nature's great masterpiece, an elephant - the only harmless great thing." - John Donne
Witchsona by ThePaisleyLady
My witchsona Hammelin and her familiar Nostradamus.  She’s a storytime witch, on her way to read to sleepy children.  Head to toe, she’s wearing my favorite outfit, which (ha!) you can spot me in, any time between November and March.  Notice the mysteriously large volume of Mo Willems’ Pigeon stories.  A collected edition perhaps?  Or maybe she has the power to collect stories from the future?

I know this is atrociously late (more like witchsona month, amiright?), but this is probably my favorite cartoon I’ve ever drawn.  The initial drawing was finished within the week.  It’s the coloring I took forever on.  

For those of you that don't know, Witchsona Week is an event on tumblr where artists are prompted to draw themselves as witches.  It's amazing.
Love Strong as a Shield, Love Delicate as Roses by ThePaisleyLady
Love Strong as a Shield, Love Delicate as Roses
24 in. diameter by 2 in. thick
Mixed Media on Pine

A commission piece for my pal.  The surface is a pine tabletop that I found at the hardware store.  The designs are all wood burnt (new!  for me!), the roses are gouache, the vine spirals are colored pencil, and the silver is metallic paint with a black patina wash.  Finally, the whole thing is coated in beeswax, a renaissance method called encaustic that I learned at a workshop.  It weighs a TON.  It's not really my cup of tea, but I had a lot of fun doing it, and I'm happy to have learned a couple of new things.
Kingston by ThePaisleyLady
Gouache, colored pencil, and pen on paper

Portrait of my coworker's baby grandson for our Secret Santa.  He's such a cutie!


Paisley Gray
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I am a 25 year old art painter living in the southern U.S. I specialize in portraits using watercolour, marker, and gouache. I love comic books, tattoos, and children's illustration, and hope to one day work in one of these industries.

"Loving is Sharing Rainbows of Happiness"

Current Residence: Lovely House with Lovely Man and 2 Lovely Cats and 1 Lovely Puppy

Favourite genre of music: Depressing and Romantic, usually with acoustic and piano, and light electronic touches.

Favourite style of art: good.

Favourite cartoon/comic characters: HIM (Powerpuff Girls), Nightcrawler (Marvel), Hulk (Marvel), Batman (DC), Green Arrow (DC), Harley Quinn (DC), Carrie Kelly (DC), Cassidy (Vertigo), Delirium (Vertigo), Doki & Nabi (There She Is!!!), Charles Foster Ofdensen (Metalocalypse), Mary Daisy Dinkle and Max Jerry Horowitz (Mary and Max), Syndrome (The Incredibles), Lilo (Lilo and Stitch), Doctor Girlfriend (Venture Bros.), Dale Gribble (King of the Hill), Zuko and Uncle Iroh (Avatar: TLA), Bolin and Lin Bei Fong (Avatar: LoK), Megamind (Dreamworks), probably more, I am a cartoon/comic addict.

Personal Quote: Squee!
I feel like other people put personal shit all up on DA, and I got nothing.  Oh well.

UPDATE: I told my commissioners that I was taking the summer off to work on my webcomic.  So far I have finished 2 pages and am almost done drawing the 3rd.  This sounds like nothing but it's an absolutely new medium to me and this is as far as I have ever gotten to my lifelong dream, so I am pretty psyched.  Hopefully over time I will get fast with it.  It's drawn on watercolor paper and then subsequently painted.  It's also hand-lettered.  So there's that.  I have 25 pages scripted, and if I can finish all of them I will launch a site.  That's the goal.  

Even though I enjoy my fanart and fanart commissions, sometimes it feels awfully hollow, artistically speaking, so it is nice to be working on something that is all my own.  

So far as personal life goes, we moved into a real house.  The entire upstairs is my own personal library/studio.  LIVING LIKE BELLE BITCHES!!!  Right, ok.  And speaking of libraries, I am now working full time as a children's librarian, and I get to do storytimes and all sorts of fun stuff, and it's just the best job in the world, ok?  

I finally feel like an adult because I'm gainfully employed and almost all of our meals are home-cooked instead of eating McD's everyday.  Holy shit, how are we still alive?  College was a pretty horrible time for me, artistically, emotionally, and physically.  Things have been really looking up since I graduated at the end of '12.   

Welp, that's all.  Just felt like spewing out some random info.  Enjoy the tiny glimpse into a complete stranger's life ya'll.
  • Listening to: Milo Greene/Shiny Toy Guns
  • Reading: Y: The Last Man
  • Watching: Chuck/Veronica Mars
  • Playing: Pathfinder/D&D Next/Numenera
  • Eating: GYROS
  • Drinking: Coffee, for like the first time ever, wow.

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Simokaos Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
Interesting style and gallery :thumbsup:
ThePaisleyLady Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, thanks.  I like your's as well.
Simokaos Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
You're welcome :) and thank you too
KOAnimation Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the fave :meow:
ThePaisleyLady Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Np, good work!
arinfu Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ThePaisleyLady Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Dang man, that's intense.  
arinfu Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ThePaisleyLady Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
My eyes! I can't take the sheer amount of radical in your doodles mysterious stranger!!! I'm blind!  And I can hear bitchin' tunes raging in my head!
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A-Separate-Reality Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:iconbirthdaycakeplz: Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, dear PaisleyLady, happy birthday to you!  Peace and Happiness to you in the coming year! :peace::)
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