Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol 3, #2

Last Wednesday was the release of Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol3, #2 published by Archaia. I have followed the Mouse Guard series by creator David Petersen for many years and was incredibly touched to be asked to illustrate a story for his Legends series! This is the third volume of "Legends" where select guest artists get to play in David's world of mice, battles and storytellers. Mouse Guard is also celebrating it's 10 year anniversary, congrats David!

My husband, C.M. Galdre (Matt) and I teamed up for our short story contribution, where he wrote the storyline and I did the illustrations to match. We've always played around with collaborations but this is the first time we've had a published project of this type. It was really nice to sit down on a focused project and flush out this story together for Mouse Guard.

Here are some process photos of our story "Fall of Brierwall". It was really wonderful to have David (creator) and Rebecca (editor) walk us through the process and give their insights as the work progressed.

After receiving the outlined script from Matt I roughed out thumbnails to get a better idea of movement from panel to panel and here I started to develop the looks of the main characters "Ivytha" and her father "Rond". Something that I always loved about David's Mouse Guard pieces is how he developed kingdoms of mice with their own heraldry, clothing, and type of weapons that would be local to their area.

If you look closely at our finished piece you can see elements of Brierwall in their clothing--from a briar crown, to a Brier celtic knot on King Ronds shield.


At this stage we had a good idea from the thumbnails on each panel, so this is a rough pencil of the first page of our tale at full size. Giant brier branches work their way though the city, and mice go about their daily lives.


Here is a cleaned up pencil drawing on my good paper that I will use for the final painting (I prefer to use Rives BFK printmaking paper for painting on these days. It's super soft and absorbs the paint in a way I really like).


From the pencil drawing I paint in the color using Holbein Acryla Gouache. I try to use the paint lightly like watercolor and build the layers to create shadows and light. One of the main reasons why I like this specific paint is how well it layers and can be used transparent or opaque.


A look at a page completely colored and inked. I then scan this and insert the type digitally in Photoshop.

Finished page how it appears in Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol 3, #2. 


Animated gif of the process from start to finish!


Cover artwork by David Petersen
Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Volume Three: Issue Two features work by David Petersen, Nicole Gustafsson, C.M. Galdre, Dustin Nguyen, and Kyla Vanderklugt. Issues 3 will be out later this summer and all the issues put together in a hardcover volume! Huge thanks to David, Rebecca, Archaia and everyone involved for this wonderful opportunity.


A little look at the final publication. Visit your local comics shop or purchase online to read our whole story!


Visit: www.mouseguard.net for more information about Mouse Guard, Legends of the Guard, and other projects by David Petersen.





Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Prints for Spring/Summer.

Spring is here, and summer just around the corner. It's on those hot summer days that I love strawberry lemonade, and that was the inspiration behind this piece. The original painting is sold, but I have open edition prints now available in my online shop.


Summer Strawberry Swim
Image Size: 6x8  |  Paper Size: 8x10
©Nicole Gustafsson


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I also have gotten quite a few requests for a larger version of my Shiba pup adventurer piece (previously it was only available as a postcard), so it is now available as an 8x10 fine art print in my shop.


Shiba Inu - Pup Adventurer
Image Size: 6x8  |  Paper Size: 8x10
©Nicole Gustafsson



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I also wanted to add that I will be at Crafty Wonderland Colossal Spring Sale in Portland, Oregon. I loved being part of their holiday sale last december, and can't wait to have new products for spring. There will be the prints above there, but also new goodies and originals too. If you are in the area, mark your calendars for May 9th! 

Visit Crafty Wonderland online for complete vendor list and details: http://craftywonderland.com

Friday, March 20, 2015

Postcard Correspondence opens at Gallery 1988 tonight!

Tonight is the opening to "Postcard Correspondence" at Gallery 1988 (West). Over 100 artists create postcard sized pieces to share their favorite pop culture locations and adventures. Just from the few sneak peeks I've seen online, I really love what artists have chosen to depict in their pieces.


I love making smaller sized artwork so this show is right up my alley. I had been wanting to paint the iconic dog cafe in the film "Rocketeer" for a long time, so that is what I choose for the subject of my piece.


 "Bull Dog Cafe"
5x7 inches
Gouache, ink on wood panel
©Nicole Gustafsson



Visit www.gallery1988.com for more information on the show and items will be available online at after the reception. There's a grand lineup of art pals for this show so be sure to check it out!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Snoopy Valentine - Official Print Release with Dark Hall Mansion

I am very excited to announce a new officially licensed print featuring Snoopy and the Peanuts gang! I worked with the folks at Dark Hall Mansion to create a Valentine themed piece for this upcoming holiday. I have fond memories of making (and waiting for those special) Valentines and had a blast working on this piece. The giclee print (and variant print) will be available this Friday, January 30th at Dark Hall Mansion.

Below is the print release from Dark Hall Mansion. Visit their Website for complete details: www.darkhallmansion.com

Standard Edition "Snoopy Valentine" by Nicole Gustafsson

Variant Edition "Snoopy Valentine" by Nicole Gustafsson

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Los Angeles, CA, January 27, 2015
PRNewswire/­Dark Hall Mansion, www.DarkHallMansion.com, is most pleased to welcome artist Nicole Gustafsson and her unique take on Peanuts, Valentine's Day, the charm of old school homemade valentines, oh, and love!
Dark Hall Mansion, under license from Peanuts Worldwide, will release Nicole Gustafsson's "Snoopy Valentine," a charming ode to Valentine's Day by way of Charles Schulz's Peanuts gang. Her lovely and subtle original piece is fully painted by hand and is at once all Peanuts and very much Nicole; from the quite impressive cutting skills of everyone's favorite beagle to the charm of old friends in a most unique setting, it's Nicole's touches such as Charlie's classic zigzag shirt pattern as backdrop or his relaxed and faithful pose awaiting his valentine on a mailbox-shaped handle that not only gently nods at classic Peanuts films like "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown" but references one of Charles Schulz's most poignant and overarching of themes, love, and its endless complexity.
Nicole was delighted to work on an official Peanuts piece:
"Growing up it seems like there was always aspects of Peanuts
that were part of our lives. Watching Peanuts TV specials over the holidays and hanging little ornaments of Snoopy and characters
on our Christmas tree, or the time I got a really big valentine with Snoopy holding a heart. So when I was asked to create a piece based on Peanuts, I immediately thought of all these fun times
I had with my family and friends."
DHM is most pleased and fortunate to have Nicole and our
officially licensed Nicole Gustafsson "Snoopy Valentine" editions
will be available in a Standard, Variant, and extremely select
Canvas edition of just 10, with 5 canvases based on each
colorway. Please see Nicole Gustafsson's "Snoopy Valentine," images attached, or please view all on Dark Hall Mansion's Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/…/Dark-Hall-Mansion/212394752134162 or on DHM's blog here: http://www.darkhallmansion.com/?page_id=476
All "Snoopy Valentine" pieces are strictly numbered giclee editions and go on sale THIS FRIDAY, January 30, on Dark Hall Mansion's dedicated store page here: http://www.darkhallmansionstore.com/
at 9:30 AM PST
"Snoopy Valentine" Standard Edition of 280 $65
"Snoopy Valentine" Variant Edition of 50 $100
"Snoopy Valentine" Canvas Edition of 5 $225
(based on Std colorway)
"Snoopy Valentine" Canvas Edition of 5 $225
(based on Variant colorway)
All editions measure 16" x 20" and YES they will be shipped to
arrive in time for Valentine's Day!
Thanks very much and we look forward to seeing you this Friday, January 30th, right here: http://www.darkhallmansionstore.com/ when at 9:30 AM PST all "Snoopy Valentine" editions will appear (please remember to refresh the page right at 9:30 AM PST!) and you may then click on the edition of your choice and checkout.
We wish you all a most Happy Valentine's Day!!
*In fairness to all collectors purchasing our official Nicole Gustafsson "Snoopy Valentine" editions: ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
Dark Hall Mansion is a labor of love. We are passionate about art, about the work of print and poster artists present and past, here
and abroad, we are committed to bringing their skills to the forefront on projects both compelling and exciting, bridging their studios and creations directly with your walls and personal collections.
More information can be found on these and other editions
available from Dark Hall Mansion at www.DarkHallMansion.com
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Key sketch in pencil all ready to go before painting. 


I created this piece as a large scale painting to then produce the prints from. I haven't worked on piece the large in a while! 


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pop Terrariums at Gallery 1988

The opening to "Pop Terrariums", my solo show at Gallery 1988 was last weekend and I had a blast there in LA! Finally got to meet some art buddies in person, and great to see both new and familiar faces too. Want to give a huge THANK YOU to Gallery 1988 - Katie, Jensen, Amber, John you folks are awesome and always happy to part of your shows.

The show is now online at www.Gallery1988.com, and is available for viewing in person through the month of January. There are some originals still left and the gallery and I teamed up to make several prints available at the opening. We will be adding the Beetlejuice and Karate Kid print available at the closing of the show too. *I just want to mention here that get a lot of requests for additional prints for other paintings too, and it's just not possible to make prints of every painting I do. The gallery and I try to select a good variety and balance of prints.*









"A"
By Nicole Gustafsson
6x6  | Gouache, ink on wood
SOLD 


 "All The Burgers, All The Time"
By Nicole Gustafsson
6x6  | Gouache, ink on wood
Original painting available at Gallery 1988


 "A Realm Cursed"
By Nicole Gustafsson
6x6  | Gouache, ink on wood
SOLD 


 "Dream World Subcon"
By Nicole Gustafsson
6x6  | Gouache, ink on wood
SOLD 


 "DS"
By Nicole Gustafsson
6x6  | Gouache, ink on wood
SOLD 

 "Flight of the Hounds"
By Nicole Gustafsson
9x12  | Gouache, ink on wood
Available at Gallery 1988

 "Gallery Nineteeneightyeightarium"
By Nicole Gustafsson
6x6  | Gouache, ink on wood
NFS 


 "Get A Clue"
By Nicole Gustafsson
10x10  | Gouache, ink on wood
SOLD 


"Ice Mountain"
By Nicole Gustafsson
6x6  | Gouache, ink on wood
SOLD  


 "I'm A 90's Girl"
By Nicole Gustafsson
8x10  | Gouache, ink on wood
SOLD 


 "Let's Dance"
By Nicole Gustafsson
12x12  | Gouache, ink on wood
Available at Gallery 1988 


 "Look Who's Coming To Dinner"
By Nicole Gustafsson
6x6  | Gouache, ink on wood
SOLD 


 "M"
By Nicole Gustafsson
6x6  | Gouache, ink on wood
SOLD 


 "Monsters Three"
By Nicole Gustafsson
6x6  | Gouache, ink and glow in the dark paint on wood
SOLD 


 "My Name Isn't Pretty Pretty"
By Nicole Gustafsson
12x12  | Gouache, ink on wood
Available at Gallery 1988


 "Recently Deceased"
By Nicole Gustafsson
9x12  | Gouache, ink on wood
SOLD 
Prints will be available at the close of the show at Gallery 1988


 "Six Course Dinner"
By Nicole Gustafsson
6x6  | Gouache, ink on wood
Available at Gallery 1988


 "Slice Of Pie and Damn Fine Coffee"
By Nicole Gustafsson
10x10  | Gouache, ink on wood
SOLD 


 "Star Warrior"
By Nicole Gustafsson
6x6  | Gouache, ink on wood
SOLD 


 "The Crane"
By Nicole Gustafsson
6x6  | Gouache, ink on wood
SOLD 
Prints will be available at Gallery 1988 at the close of the show

 "The Spice"
By Nicole Gustafsson
10x10  | Gouache, ink on wood
SOLD 


 "Within The Castle Lies Your Quest"
By Nicole Gustafsson
6x6  | Gouache, ink on wood
SOLD 


 "World Warriors"
By Nicole Gustafsson
6x6  | Gouache, ink on wood
Available at Gallery 1988 


"You Can't Just Join Any Universe In The Middle"
By Nicole Gustafsson
14x14  | Gouache, ink on wood
Available at Gallery 1988 


Friday, January 02, 2015

New Year - New Solo at Gallery 1988

I couldn't be happier to be starting 2015 off with a solo at Gallery 1988! "Pop Terrariums"  will feature over 25 original paintings (and a few prints) illustrating some of my favorite video games, tv shows, and films of mostly the 80's and 90's. Ever since I saw my first terrarium, I was in love with the idea of a little enclosed world in a glass container. I applied my love of worlds in pop culture with the contained spaces of terrariums to bring you "Pop Terrariums".

"Pop Terrariums"
Artwork by Nicole Gustafsson
Opening Reception January 10th, 7-10pm
Show runs through the month of January

At Gallery 1988 (East)
7021 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA

I will be there in attendance at the opening on January 10th, so stop on by and say "hi" if you are in the area. There will be a little goodie for the first 30 people to come in person to the opening :)



Here are a few sneak peeks of works in progress. All the works in the show are handpainted with gouache and ink on wood panel. The entire show will be online at Gallery 1988 after the opening!