Valentine card

5 02 2014

It is a common misconception that Christians hate gays. It is also a common misconception that gays hate Christians. I have a revelation for you, many gays are Christians! Shocking! Actually I happen to know a few very good Christian gay guys. Now, keep this concept in mind for a moment… I will come back to it.

Every year I make my Valentine card with my husband in mind, when the card is not too personal I also offer it to the public in Zazzle. One year I used a quote from 1 Corinthians, which is one of the readings I included in my wedding, a beautiful reading about what love is not, and most importantly what it is. Later that year a friend of mine, Alejandro, married his partner, Chris; In Argentina same sex marriage is legal, and I thought I would love to give him a card for his wedding, most of the cards that are geared to gay people are funny or naughty, there are very few that are tasteful and even less that are Christian. It was with Ale and Chris in mind that I redesigned the card I had made for my husband using the silhouette of two males. I kept the quote, though, because regardless of faith, that quote from 1 Corinthians is beautiful and perfect.

gay-couple-card

Every year this card sells for Valentine’s day, and it makes me so happy and proud, that I get giddy each time I receive a notification saying that I sold that design. It makes me very happy to think that somewhere some guy browsing through countless tasteless cards finally smiles warmly thinking that this is the perfect one for his partner. Because in this world of loud words and seemingly “them against us” mentality, me and the people that buy it know that Love is Truth, and Jesus was all about that.





Embellished postcards for the seasons

4 12 2012

So, watermark on the middle of the image it is. *sigh!*

You can now order the Joyful Penguins postcard as is or hand embellished. Each embellished card is unique, not two are the same. Contact me if you are interested.





Joyful Penguins, Christmas card 2012

14 11 2012

This year, thank you to being part of the wonderful PSP Tube Stop team I am aware of the holidays before the happen. I am normally so busy and involved into whatever is going on with my life that suddenly I look at the calendar and thin “Hey, it is already Valentine’s day next week!?” Christmas is very different and I normally start preparing and thinking of friend’s and family’s presents in November, but I get so much into it that I end up thinking “I should make a card!… oh, wait, that would leave me ten days to design it, post it up and… forget about it” so I never post anything for sale.

However, this year I have been herded over and again through the months with the ideas of making kits and submitting our seasonal work two months before the holiday itself. The Christmas kit for this year is just lovely and the palette very calm and relaxing (just wait until you see it!) and I decided to work on my Christmas cards inspired by it. So here it is! The Joyful Penguins are ready to say Merry Christmas!

Joyful penguins for this seasons!

This is available through DeviantArt, Zazzle, and in a few days there will be available as postcards through me.





Digistamps of my art in Printabubble

27 10 2012

So, remember that I was talking about something I was waiting for to go through? Well, it did! I am licensing my work to Printabubble, a digital stamp company.

“But, what is a digistamp?” you may ask. That is a good question. A digistamp is a digital outline of artwork that can be used to “stamp” an image in a piece of paper (i.e. print it) for personal use. You can then use this for coloring pages, making postcards, scrapbooking, etc. You can choose to paint it digitally or traditionally, doing a collage, adding glitter, special effects, etc. Your imagination is the limit.

Chamaness (c) Constanza Ehrenhaus

So you know, my work is being offered for you to play with it! Go by, have fun, and please show me your end product! I always like to see different interpretations on the same topic!





Personal Challenge: Complementary palette.

22 10 2012

My return to drawing is marked by a piece drawn for the Enchanted Visions‘ October theme: Spooky Eyes. This is the first piece I made for the deadline, yay! 😀

I wanted to keep exploring my Personal Challenge list, and having recently seen a post by Dan dos Santos, and having always been very inspired by the great palettes that Chris Malidore uses, I decided to go for a complementary color scheme. I have to admit that blue/orange is a duo that works really well, and though it’s been overdone, since the theme was centered around eyes and I am mostly into real flesh colored beings, I went for it.

Spooky Eyes (c) Constanza Ehrenhaus 2012

For this project I wanted the eyes to pop a lot, so I used not only the complementary blue to all that orange in the skin and hair, but I also played with the lightness and saturation to make the eyes the focal point, by using a very light blue for the eyes and darker, less saturated oranges for the rest of the image, it is easy to focus on the eyes. One more thing I tried to play with in this image was to use a more textured skin, I’ve been trying to improve my skin tones, which I think I am doing (though there is a long way to go still!) but so fat I’ve never really been happy with the textures of my skin. This time it looks a little better. I think there is a lot to improve and I hope to some day find the delicate balance between subtlety and texture. As my first try with this technique, I guess I’ll have to settle in order not to neglect my other projects.

I might actually revisit the complementary colors topic. I actually envisioned something more eye catching like this, but Chris’s mastery of values is far beyond mine for right now 😉

So, how my list is looking like?

Palettes:
Monochrome
Limited (Circe)
Complementary (Spooky Eyes)
Primary
Secondary (Enchanted Visions)
Tertiary
Split complementary
Analogous
Multicolor
Warm
Cold

Composition:
Pyramidal
Spiral
Big group of people
Architecture
one point perspective
two points perspective





Halloween Kit: Nevermore

27 09 2012

At PSP Tube Stop we are always thinking of ways to give the best to our costumers. Lisa was thinking and squeezing her brains screaming “Enough of orange and purple! This is supposed to be a ‘scary’ thing!” when she came up with a Gothic theme for this Halloween’s kit. The palette was inspired on this piece:

By W.D. Noble

So off we went to work on this creepy scrapkit including tombs, witches, Gothic frames, creepy trees and scary backgrounds.

As an anecdote, this time around Lisa was going through some difficult times so she trusted me the honor of taking care of this one. I have to say I have a new found respect for Lisa’s work, it is difficult, time consuming and mentally taxing to be the person in charge of coordinating artists, editing their work, tubing, changing colors and pushing to meet the deadline in a nice manner. She is an awesome person for many reasons, and now I get a glimpse into what a hard worker she is, given that she is the one taking care of all this in a regular fashion. Lisa, you are wonderful!

And so, without further ado I’ll leave you with this beautiful scrapkit:

Nevermore.

 

This scrapkit comes with 15 backgrounds, 13 frames, and 37 objects. Contributing artists are Constanza Ehrenhaus, Katerina Koukiotis, Jenny Heidewald and Lisa Cree.





Tattoo design: The Salmon of Knowledge

21 09 2012

It has been a while since I’ve had the energy for doing art. My first trimester of pregnancy is exhausting and a toddler at home, as good and sweet and well behaved as he is, also demands a lot of attention, so it is just now that I can sit and draw some. Because I am not still 100% back (will I ever?) I decided to dig up some sketches for tattoos I’ve made in the past that never made it to the final stages, I chose one that I really liked and started tweaking until I got the design nailed.

So here it is my Salmon of Knowledge. I like it a lot because of the way it flows, because of the symbols included, and because I really like the legend.

Constanza Ehrenhaus (c) 2012

The salmon of Knowledge.
Wisdom, eternity, water, flow, dynamic equilibrium.

As I was working on it all the time I could hear in my head the song Listen to the River by Luka Bloom.