The artblog of Kristen Plescow, filled with random doodles and finished pieces.

Commissioned art for Furoticon's newest set, Di'Ahla's Awakening!

Although this image is G-rated, the subject matter of the card game is adult — only click on the link if you’re of the proper age. ;)  I had a ton of fun with the two cards I got to paint~ They ended up being similar in color scheme in value, but they’re both Lithrinn-related so perhaps that’s a forgivable oversight. :D

Commissioned art for Furoticon's newest set, Di'Ahla's Awakening!

Although this image is G-rated, the subject matter of the card game is adult — only click on the link if you’re of the proper age. ;)  I had a ton of fun with the two cards I got to paint~ They ended up being similar in color scheme in value, but they’re both Lithrinn-related so perhaps that’s a forgivable oversight. :D

“Do I need a Mac/Photoshop to be a professional artist?”

I get asked this a surprising amount of times. The short answer is “no” — there’s no reason to buy something if there’s an alternative that’s just as functional.


I just use an iMac/Macbook Pro as a matter of preference (fancy phrase for “I’m an extremely biased human being”). Many artists use off-the-shelf or custom-built PCs and are way better of an artist/person than I am.

Somewhat relevant friendly etiquette reminder: don’t hate on someone for using a computer you don’t use. I’ve had this happen several times by many different people, with them assuming I was too lazy/dumb to build a PC of my own (to say I haven’t built one is the world’s biggest lie) or didn’t own PCs (my two PCs have legit holo stickers, so you know my computers are as real as a punch to the face). Getting angry at me for what I prefer in computers is like hating on someone for drinking a different brand of soda. I have my reasons for liking Dr. Pepper more than Coke, but I do like a Coke now and then.


The ancient Mac vs. PC argument is invalid, anyways: everyone knows Linux is better.


Same goes for Photoshop: I use PS over PaintTool Sai (and Corel/Sketchbook Pro/Art Rage) because I secretly wish Adobe-kun would notice me and my cute new sailor skirt.

Or maybe it’s because Sai has no Mac support, can’t use above 4GB of RAM, can’t handle large files, and hasn’t updated its software in years (5 years for the English version, at least)— as much as I enjoy painting with it (and I realize that 99.9% of artists will never notice/care about these problems), I just can’t use it for my job. Trust me, I’d love to dump Adobe for a different developer… I just haven’t found the right match yet!

If you guys have any other burning art-related questions, let me know! I’d love to share my opinion, since who doesn’t love doing that? ;)

011. Eevee

I don’t usually work in pencil, but I found this old thing in my folder. I was planning on painting it sometime by hand… if I ever get the guts, haha!

012. Parent/child studies.

I’m quite awful at drawing humangs, so I probably should do more practice sessions like the one I had Wednesday night (next up: probably hands and feet, uggh)!

Vintage photos are a great place to look for fun poses. :)

010. Re-design of an old thing. (I keep forgetting to post my doodlies here, haha!)

Safe pose is safe, but I was aiming at re-rendering/designing a monster from a reallyyyy old piece I did back in 2005 (shown below the first drawing — not sure why I was in advanced placement art, lol).

I believe different, more exciting poses/compositions might be in the works for this one…. I like the concept. The idea of random snowy monsters roaming around some ancient graveyards marked by sweet dead trees is appealing to me. B: