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:

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, February 20, 2016


You may have noticed that I don't get around to posting to my blog as often as I would like, but the goal this year is to post at LEAST once a month. I do post to Instagram more often because of the convenience and I thought I'd share some of my lunchtime sketches from Instagram on my blog.
You can follow me @ranibeanart on Instagram HERE.


Mythical Midwestern creature, the Jackalope

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.