Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Designs of Rick St Dennis, MFA

I made this card for my sister's birthday, and it's also the first image by Rick St Dennis that I colored.

Hello everyone!

I can't believe my last post was in October, and that more than 6 months have passed since then.  I always tell myself I'll be more consistent and before I know it, the time has gotten away from me. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I will try and be more forthcoming.  I keep learning new things and want to share with you. 

My first piece of good news - and I am SO happy - is that I received my Copic Intermediate Certification two weeks ago, on April 12th.  This second phase has been a long time coming, and I'm really glad I was able to get in this class.  It was a long day, from 9am to 6pm, but it was a wonderful learning experience and our instructor Lori Craig was great.  I've signed up for a Copic coloring workshop on May 24th, also to be taught by Lori, so I'm looking forward to this next step. 

I've lately been Copic coloring like crazy, especially since I "discovered" Rick St Dennis, a fantastic artist from California.  A short time ago I picked up the current issue of Just Steampunk!, and on the cover was a card with an image that caught my eye.  I had to purchase the issue, and I read that this image - plus several others - were designed by him.  I immediately went online and not only does Risk have a blog, but also sells his designs through Etsy and a website called Zibbet.  His designs run the gamut from glamorous to madness, so there is something for everyone.  I myself prefer his sophisticated ladies, especially the hat models.
Panama Hattie
I made this card for my friend Kathryn King

However, I took a fancy to Felicity Hump, as she is different from anything I have colored, and I am pleased with her.  There is beauty in diversity, and Rick is certainly an artist that is not afraid to think outside the box.

                                          Felicity Hump                                   Mimsy

The hat models were inspired by Aletha Williams, a member of Rick's design team, and what a fantastic concept, especially the models inspired by the flower of the month.  I don't have them all yet, but it's a matter of time before I've colored at least one for each month.

If you are not familiar with the art of Rick St Dennis, I urge you to check out his hundreds of designs. With such a variety of images, I am confident you will find something you will not be able to resist!

Until next time.....

                           May - Lilly of the Valley               September - Forget-Me-Not

                               February - Violets                              June - Roses                                   
November - "Mums"


  1. Thank you for this wonderful tribute-you are such a talented designer and I look forward to working more with you in the future!

    1. Hi Rick,
      I am really honored to be on your team and I hope I do you proud!

  2. Well Damarys, this is a real treat to see your blog today.
    I love your hat models, each and every one..
    Especially the violets.
    Feeling much better and thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
    Hugs Barbra Joan

    1. Hi Barbra Joan,
      I too love the hat models, and I hope Rick will design more in the near future. Sooner or later I plan to incorporate these hat gals into cards. Keep the faith and I hope you are soon 100% recovered!

  3. Big CONGRATS! on recieving your certification Damarys! Your work is absolutely gorgeous!! The color work amazing! xo xo

    1. Thank you, Gabrielle! A compliment from you means a lot to me! As with anything else, coloring with Copic markers is practice, practice, practice. I strive to improve myself each time I color.

  4. Congratulations on your new Copic certification and on being a part of Rick's design team. I'm loving your new work. Somehow I missed your last post,so I'm just now seeing your Steampunk Spells mini album. It is beautiful. You really do beautiful work. Loving life!

    1. Hello Diana,
      Thank you for your lovely compliments on my Copic coloring! Regarding the Steampunk album, I plan to make another one later this year using Christmas papers. It's not difficult, but does take time.