Saturday, November 4, 2017

Stranger Things Fan-art

If you haven't already figured it out by now, I am pretty obsessed with anything that makes me feel nostalgic for my childhood. I loved watching movies like 'E.T.' and 'Stand by Me'.

'Stranger Things' captures the 80's classics completely! This is just part of the illustration I worked on at a tribute to the awesome series.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Bear Hugs

I owned a massive teddy bear that was given to me by my childhood bestie, Renee. She and I had last names starting with the same letter, so we ended up in home room class together. Since then, she has been one of my favorite people in the world! She was always so sweet and loyal and it's no surprise that she got the 'Nicest Personality' award at our 10th grade prom.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Floating Unicorn

I wanted to draw a balloon and a unicorn, so I combined the two!

The Little Match Girl

Whenever it starts to get colder I think of winter stories, like 'The Little Match Girl'. Even though it is one of the of the saddest stories I know, there is also an element of warmth to it that I love. I wanted capture that feeling when I created these images exploring character design and story... I hope you like her.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

End of Summer

Another summer gone and I can't think of a better way to commemorate than with a 'END OF SUMMER' sale for all my incredible supporters! Just use the code: SUMMER17 for the whole month of September and you will recieve 20% off all art prints on my Etsy Store!

Thursday, August 17, 2017


I did this last month to celebrate Harry Potter and J. K. Rowling birthday month and posted it on Instagram, which is where I post more often. But, since I had a moment to update the blog, I thought I'd share here too. If you are interested in purchasing this piece, please contact me anytime! Have a lovely day!


My good friend Sarah Petersen and I were catching up over a coffee one day when she encouraged me to draw a specific character in different poses and seasons. I have done this type of exercise before, but definitely need to do it more often than I get a chance to do. Since I recently bought Stephen Silvers character design BOOK, I hope to do a lot more of these types of images. 

All three bunnies with be available in my Etsy store very soon! 

Monday, July 3, 2017


In the month of May, I participated in the #Mermay challenge on instagram. Tom Bancroft started it last year, and I was a little busy with moving to get involved at the time. But I promised myself I would do it next time and this year was 'next time'. You can check out my submissions on instagram here: @ranibeanart

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Finding 'Jellybean'

To end out this month, I wanted to finally share with you a children's book project I worked on that recently got published.

This book was a milestone for me both professionally and personally. It definitely didn't happen easily and it pushed me to grow as an artist. It also made me appreciate the work of the greats who make it look so easy even more!

The biggest struggle for me was taking a character that meant so much to someone, create a visual representation of them and feel like I did that character justice. I drew so many versions of this little boy, Jellybean, that when I finally captured him in an image, I was indescribably happy. Finding Jellybean made everything else for the book fall into place.

I had initially illustrated this fish spread to be pretty cartoony, but once I nailed down the look of Jellybean, that changed to fit the characters environment as you can see in the before sketch and after painting:

Like I said, this book was a stepping stone for me as an artist and I hope to be able to create many more children's book that are meaningful to others.

I need to thank so many people for helping me make this happen:

-The models who posed for me including, Cedric Petersen who posed for facial expressions. 
And the father and son team, Kody and Kyler Quast pictured above, who did a LOT of scene posing.

-Will Terry (Illustration Guru) for his words of wisdom and for always being so willing to give me guidance when I ask for it.

-My family and friends who boosted my spirits when I was struggling (and badly injured) to keep going.

-And of course to the author, Joseph Heywood, for your patience and belief in me and the opportunity tell your story.

You can find the book at Amazon HERE.

All images and copyrights from the book "It's Called Fishing not Catching" belong to author Joseph  Heywood.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mother of Dragons

This month's Character Design Challenge was "Game of Thrones" and I had to draw 'Daenerys Targaryen'. This strong female ruler has a soft spot for justice and her baby dragon's:

  • Drogon, named after Khal Drogo, black with red markings. Larger and more aggressive than his siblings, he is also the mount of Daenerys Targaryen.
  • Rhaegal, named after Rhaegar Targaryen, green with bronze markings.
  • Viserion, named after Viserys Targaryen, creamy white, with gold markings.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Marching Band

I thought I'd share an example of what happens when I'm sketching out an idea. I like to play with basic shapes and composition a lot in the beginning. Once I like the general direction of where a piece is going, I redraw it with more defined shapes. I look at reference images of animals and instruments (or whatever it may be I'm trying to draw) to get a more accurate sense of what to draw rather than rely on just what I see in my head (I obviously didn't know how a french horn was held and ended up changing that!) Hope to share more drawings and processes soon!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


If you haven't read the book or seen the musical 'Wicked', it is the story of how Elphaba becomes the Wicked Witch of the West from the 'Wizard of Oz'.

I read the book before there was talk of a musical and loved Gregory Maquire's take on the iconic character. When I saw the musical, Elphaba's performance of "Defying Gravity" hit home for me pretty hard.

It seems like misunderstood beings in fiction are represented a lot with the color green... Elphaba, Kermit the frog... Slytherins. I have felt pretty 'green' at times in life myself.

'Green' people can be mistakenly perceived as 'angry', but in reality, they are just dealing with some realizations about the world involving moral dilemmas. Just like this awesome 'Star Wars' meme my husband recently shared with me found here...They probably should have made his charcter green too! Anyway, just another study, making Elphaba's portrait fell like little more like a self portrait.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang!

This weeks movie theme, "Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang". I decided to start with a redo of an image I did 3 years ago for an 'Illustration Friday' topic posted here.
I always enjoy it when artists post 'redo' images side by side. You can see the improvements or changes in their style and that can be motivating when your day to day doesn't feel like it's getting anywhere. Here is Truly 3 years apart... Progress?

Friday, January 27, 2017

A Series of Unfortunate Events

I have a slight obsession with movies and tv shows that have great characters, storylines and visual appeal. I have been wanting to do a series of studies from so many shows and movies and finally got the chance to start this week. I had just finished the first season of Lemony Snicket's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' on Netflix so decided this would be where I start:

The Baudelaire Children: Klaus, Sunny and Violet:

Llama shapes, initially inspired by the Peru scenes:

Violet Baudelaire's Outfits:

(Her undergarment is not an outfit from the show, just my own addition when I was creating this digital paper doll)

I'm excited to do more Movie and TV show themed studies! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Australia Day

Happy Australia Day!
For a while now, I've been wanting to do a series of Travel posters and decided to have the first one finished in time to celebrate the place I grew up. Australia Day falls on January 26th, but since the aussies are a day ahead of the US, they are celebrating it today. This print was inspired by the warm summers at Sydney Harbour and is now available at my Society6 store.

Friday, January 6, 2017

It's a small, small world!

Happy new year friends and family!
My first post of the year is this 'Small World' piece I created as a tribute to Mary Blair.
I originally did a paper cutting version for a Holiday art show I participated in last month:


Then decided to also create a digital print version which is now available on my Society6 Store. 
I love that we have so many amazing histories and cultures in this world thatwe can share and celebrate with each other... I couldn't fit them all on my piece, but I'd love to hear what cultures represent and influence you!

(Society6 print will not have watermark)

Monday, December 12, 2016

Cindy Lou Who

It's that time of the year... Christmas movies and music are my obsession for a month!  Some of my favorite movies to watch during the holidays include: "Home Alone", "Elf", "Meet me in St Louis" and "Love Actually". For this image, I was inspired by both Casey Nelson's 'Nancy' from Summer Magic and Hollie Hibbert's 'Dani' from Hocus Pocus. I decided to draw Cindy Lou Who from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" because I love how the Dr. Seuss characters were captured in the live action movie... especially Cindy Lou Who.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Splash Page

I've been at my day job for 6mths now and it's been pretty awesome. I love that I spend the majority of my time creating and the rest of my time learning. I recently listened to an Oatley Academy interview with Samantha Kallis and I loved how she described art jobs as mostly problem solving and that it is still 'a job'. Some people outside of the creative field don't realize that professional artists are not just playing around drawing. Sorry friends, it's WORK! That being said, I do get to work on projects that can be more on the fun side. One of those project was for the front page of the company's website. You can see the finished version that was completed by our art director at
But here, I'll post my contribution. The problem solving for this piece came from trying to convey what the company is all about. Polished Play gives people a chance to interact with the stories as well as giving them the opportunity to create their own. I like that the theme of paper is brought into a digital realm with the characters and backgrounds they've created. To convey all of this, I decided to and create a digital pop up book scene, incorporating the lamp logo, that I also got to update from it's previous design.

Before taking this into Photoshop to create a dimensional feel, I build all the pieces separating in Illustator. 

You can see from my initial concept sketch that changes were made to create balance and give a more magical feel.

Images from this post are property of Polished Play LLC

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

My first ever blog post was for Halloween and so every year, during the month of October, I reflect on my experiences and growth since that first scarecrow image. I still have so much to learn in every area of illustration, but that has always been one of my favorite parts of illustrating- being a forever student. At some point I'd like to share more about what I've learned with others, but for now, it'll be practice, practice, practice. So, here it is, a ballerina-vampire. I drew her for this months 'Character Design Challenge' - 'VAMPIRE'

Saturday, October 15, 2016


You can now find out what your Patronus animal is on Pottermore!
Mine turned out to be a Grey Squirrel... what's yours?
I also just joined the Harry Potter Character Design group, which I'm pretty stoked about! I missed the first batch of Characters they did, but I've decided to catch up on those after I am done with inktober this month. My first post was for the 'You with your Patronus' Challenge:

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

IF: Nest

Some mornings she wakes up with quite the hairdo! This week's Illustration Friday topic: Nest.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Harry Potter and Friends

I remember the first time I read Harry Potter.
My cousin had read it in her class and told me about it.
I immediately borrowed it from the library and was hooked after the first chapter.
That was sixteen years ago now!
This  year is a good one for Potter fans, with the latest play/book and new movie coming out.
So, I thought I'd share a little fan art sketches for fun! They include the usual suspects, Harry, Ron and Hermione with their pets, Hedwig, Scabbers and Crookshanks the orange cat!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


A week ago I saw the Laika animation 'Kubo and the two strings'. Being a Laika fan, knowing how original their plot lines are, I had high hopes for this film. That being said, I am also one of those people that gets very affected by what people tell me before I see a show. So naturally when the story line was described as being super original, I was greatly disappointed to have guessed the entire plot before it unfolded before me. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. It was entertaining and SO beautiful to watch. I have seen other Laika animations that have seemed more original with the story than this was though. One of my all time favorite shows will always be 'Paranorman'. Coraline and Boxtrolls were pretty great too. Visually though, 'Kubo' definitely delivered and I couldn't have asked for more. Especially the scenes with the Sisters, which is why I had to create a little fan art:

Monday, August 15, 2016

Synchronized Swimming

Real life mermaids came to life for me when I saw Esther Williams movies as a kid. These synchronized swimming beauties made dancing in water look so easy! My sisters and I would do somersaults in our backyard pool and I don't we looked quite so graceful. Watching the olympic event  this week made me want to draw this:

Sunday, August 7, 2016


I grew up watching old musicals. Those technicolored movies magically transported me to lands of dance, humor and beauty. I still love listening to the movies playing in the background while I work and I recently had "Gentlemen prefer blondes" playing on Netflix. I had to stop working to watch Marilyn Monroe perform the iconic song "Diamonds are a girls best friend"... it couldn't be helped. There are some performances that demand undivided attention. Though this movie isn't my favorite of Marilyn Monroe's, that particular song is visually candy for the eyes! Anyone who has seen her movies, knows she steals the scene. So, naturally, I had to draw her.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Life Things

It's been a too long since I posted last and let's just say, life has had its ups and downs.

About a year ago I had a foot injury and it got worse before it finally started to get better. I can officially say I am on the mend, but as my doctor told me, soft tissues takes a long time to heal and there are still plenty of days of recovery ahead of me.

At the time I finally started to heal, I got a new job... and it's pretty amazing.
I now work at a company making artwork for games and apps.
It is so fun and I get to work with really awesome people who are super chill and easy to work with.

Since graduating, I have worked at 3 jobs that allowed me to make pretty cool things, but didn't really fulfill what I was really wanting to do. I mentioned in Will Terry's interview that I didn't really have a sure idea of what I wanted, because all options of children book, animation and gaming sounded appealing. But people around me kept telling me I had it pretty good and that I should be grateful that I had a job in art at all. But I knew I would be lying to myself if I did that. So I kept at it, looking for that dream job that made me happy. Some peoples would be happy in the previous jobs I had, but my personality, passions and goals in life are different than theirs. In no way one better than the other, just different.

So now, I'm in a job that allows me to do all those things I mentioned in Will's interview. I'm creating characters and environments for interactive children books that allow for mini games and I'm learning  a little animation along the way! I look forward to sharing work projects as those games are released.

On the side I have also been able to work on some freelance projects and I hope to share those soon too.

(Title page I created for a freelance Children's Book project)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Science and Engineering Fair

It's my last week working at my current place of employment. I accepted a new position which I'm really excited to start and will definitely be posting about in the months to come.
Even though I worked in more of a design capacity for the position I am saying goodbye to, I did get to work on a few more illustrative projects.
My favorite was for the Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair.
I love science and technology, so this was such a fun project for me to work on. They commissioned a t-shirt design that changed color in the sun. The concept is from another artist who I am sorry to say, I don't know the name of, but I was lucky enough to take that concept and create the following design for the students attending the Fair.

Indoor design:

Outdoor design:

Check out photo's of the kids presenting their cool projects at the fair HERE.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Master Study #1

I recently discovered the artist David Jagger in a post by Howard Lyon on the  Muddy Colors blog.
When I see paintings like his, it takes me back to my first digital painting class when my professor had us practice painting in a digital programs by doing a 'copy' of a masterpiece.
It has been a long time since I did an exercise like this and I thought it would be good to start it up again. Here is the first of many digital master studies I plan on doing:

(Original by David Jagger/ Study by Rani Bean)

Saturday, January 9, 2016

You be You

'Sound of Music' fan art to start the year off right! Time to have a little confidence and embrace the ventures ahead.

I have some fun projects I've been working on that I'm excited to share with you over the next few months on the blog and I also post weekly to my instagram (usually lunch time sketches/doodles) if you want to see more.
The biggest thing I want to do this year is really delve into some exploration.

I recently participated in a group video for one of my favorite artists and mentors Will Terry for his Youtube Channel.
In this video, Will asks what my future plans are towards the end of the discussion and it is very obvious, as I stumble for an answer, that I don't completely know. Everything sounds appealing to me right now because I want to try it all!

I also mention that I leaned on other artists I admired while I was in school, like Brittney Lee and Pascal Campion. I bring this up because one of the biggest lessons I've learned since I've left school (told to me by multiple artists I admire) is to find your own voice. The best way to do that is explore and draw from life. Drawing from life allows you to solve the problem in your own way versus looking at how other artists are doing it. It helps to have influences, to copy from the masters so we can learn, but there comes a point where your art has to have your signature on it.

I know we are always evolving as artists and I feel like I am going to embrace that this year. I'm ready to get out and draw more in 2016!

Other artists in the video: Adam Munoa, Stewart Craig, Cam Kendall and Will Terry.