Sunday, December 2, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Designs for stickers #2 and #3, and portrait #4!

( I've been busy lately!)

AND: Here is portrait, #4, Hoakx Monsoon: 

 Hoakx Monsoon, gouache on 300 lb coldpress arches, 6"x8"

(all images © Amanda Russel, 2012)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sticker batch #1 is here!

Here they are! Sticker#1 in my series, the incomparable Jinkx Monsoon! She recently launched a brand-new website,, which I highly recommend checking out, as it's got some of her best pictures and videos.

Please be patient while we set up shop, but I will most definitely be updating on how to purchase these online when everything is ready.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Drag Portrait #2 Complete!

"Sabel Scities," 6"x8", gouache on 300 lb. coldpress arches
© Amanda Russel, 2012
Coming soon will be some peeks of the bunny illustrations I am working on, as well as information about how the Jinkx Monsoon stickers can be purchased once they are made. The design and layout of the stickers is in its final stages. As soon as they are available for purchase, I will update both here and on my facebook fan page with information on where and how they can be purchased! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

September and Twitter

It's September and many of my former PNCA classmates are back in school. It's strange to not be going back to school in September, for the first thing in my life.

I am working on several projects:

My good friend Risa has written a children's book, The Habits of Rabbits, and has hired me to illustrate it! I've been busy, drawing up a storm of rabbits.

I've also began an ambitious project of drag portraits, which I will be scanning and turning into stickers that will both promote me as an artist and the featured drag performers as performers. This is something I've been wanting to do for a long time, since I have gotten to know a lot of awesome and unique drag performers over the years. All of this group of portraits feature people I know personally. I've got a list of ten or so to create, one by one. Stay tuned for opportunities to view the portraits (hoping to show them somewhere when they're a finished body of work!) and to buy the stickers as they are made.

Lastly, I have jumped on the Twitter bandwagon! Follow me: @todoeralindo

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Bubble Child logo is finished!

I can't wait to post pictures of the finished cookbook- it's going to be amazing.

But for now, here is the finished logo :

(Amanda Russel © 2012, All Rights Reserved.)

Stay tuned for more information about the bunnies, as there will be many of them in my next commission project.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Summertime is almost halfway through!

After graduation aftermath settled down, I was lucky enough to be able to take a two-week vacation to the family house in Santa Fe, NM, where I spent time drinking margaritas, relaxing, watching my grandmother pick apricots, and finishing up the Bubble Child book project! I'm very excited to see how the whole book comes together. It looks and reads fabulously as pages.

While I've been busily looking for an additional job, I am also continuing to pick up some freelancing gigs. On the horizon: collaborating with my friend Risa on a children's book she wrote. Stay tuned for more details.

Hint: there will be bunnies.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Fliers are finished!

 (Final Flier)

(Background artwork)
(4"x 6", digital)
(All images © Amanda Russel)

Friday, June 8, 2012

End of the Year and Freelancing

Last night's First Thursday was wonderful! Thank you to all who made it out. The show unfortunately comes down over the weekend, but I've still got my website up where the photos can be viewed or a copy of the book can be purchased.

On the freelance front I'm very close to unveiling the fliers for Carte Blanche, and super excited to be working on a commission for the cover for an upcoming gluten and nut-free cookbook by chef Erica Von Trapp, Bubble Child. You can check out her website here!

More to be revealed soon,


Friday, May 25, 2012

Hours of the Stevens Building for the BFA Thesis Show!

Besides the first Thursday opening in June, the work of all the PNCA thesis students (including mine, which can be found in the Stevens building on campus) can be viewed during the normal summer hours of campus, which are as follows:

Monday-Saturday: 8am-10pm
Sunday: 9am-6pm
However, Monday the 28th, all buildings will be closed for the holiday. 

The exhibit comes down the weekend after first Thursday, so you've got a few weeks left!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Graduation is tomorrow!

 In addition to passing my defense speech, I got an A on my transcript for my thesis and received a High Pass on my paper.

Tomorrow, I graduate art school.
Following the 4 PM ceremony, the BFA Thesis Show opens, around 6 PM campus-wide.

It's the end of an era but the beginning of a new one, and I already have so many projects I want to do.

Besides the fliers for Carte Blanche, which are coming along nicely, I am in the pre-planning stages for a series of portraits of drag performers! Stay tuned for more.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The finish line is in sight!

So, as I've been terrible at keeping up with this blog the past few weeks, here is a list of newsworthy things: 

1. My thesis defense presentation was yesterday, and I passed! Once I finish and turn in my final paper, the project will be totally done.

2. As part of my project, I created a website where you can purchase a color printed copy of the book I created, "Wake Up: A Collection of Paintings," or download it for 5.00 to be read on a Kindle™. You can also view hi-res scans of the images. The website can be found at the following link:

3. The show of all the thesis students' work opens after graduation, at PNCA on May 20th.

4. Until the end of April, I have some work hanging at both the New Seasons in Sellwood and the Cup and Saucer Cafe on Mississippi Avenue.

5. Excited about my next project, for when all the thesis and school-ending craziness starts to die down: creating fliers for my brilliant friend Jessie's food cart! I'm going to plug her here, because it is truly some of the best food you've ever had, so you should go check it out:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012


("December 10th")

("December 4th")

("December 7th")
(all pieces by Amanda Russel © 2012)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Thesis scans.

 ("December 13")
gouache on 300 lb paper

("December 18")
gouache on 300 lb paper
(all images © Amanda Russel)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012


February finds me delving into my thesis work, as well as two independent studies. I'm floundering a little but I think that I've recently turned over a new leaf.

I'm doing a lot of absorbing right now- books, articles, images, poems. I'm filling a sketchbook with as many ideas as I can while continuing my research, and am beginning to turn some of my more successful ideas into more realized paintings and illustrations.

Slowly but surely, I think, everything will come together.
Stay tuned for progress.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Cover Art

My longtime friend Matthew Heller's self-titled album comes out February the 7th! 
Cover artwork by yours truly!