Getting the chance to see your work featured in someone’s home, and knowing that they loved it enough to get it beautifully framed (under museum glass, no less) is a really rare and wonderful experience. #ashleybravin #painting #gouache #art #bullfighting #artist #matador #spain #bullfight

Spent the morning picking fresh figs and pomegranates, and my afternoon painting with a chihuahua at my feet, a fan at my side, and a gorgeous flock of peacocks on the lawn. This dog sitting experience has been like a miniature vacation in paradise. #ashleybravin #gouache #studio #painting #figs #pomegranate #sketchbook

Excellent turnout at the “RIBBA 500” show in Newport Beach. This was one of the few shots I could get without the crowd! #ashleybravin #studio #art #opening #exhibition #coastlinegallery (at Coastline Community College Art Gallery)

Working on my fourth children’s book and listening to Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” on tape while simultaneously dog sitting and prepping for the opening of an art exhibition I’m participating in tonight. Variety is the spice of life, I guess! #ashleybravin #studio #illustration #gouache #drawing #painting #childrensbooks #leprechaun #spreadtoothin

The best sort of studio. I was finally able to put my REI aluminum stool to use for my field work, and it worked like a charm! Definitely a step up from sitting in the dirt and getting eaten by bugs. #ashleybravin #pleinair #sketchbook #rei #angelesforest #camping #hiking #drawing #studio (at Angeles National Forest)

Slipped out of the tent at the crack of dawn to watch the sunrise, and to enjoy a spot of early-morning sketching. #ashleybravin #angelesforest #sketchbook #drawing #painting #watercolor #camping #hiking #sketch (at Angeles National Forest)

Just wrapped up an incredible weekend spent camping and hiking in the Angeles National Forest. Managed to knock out a small stretch part of the Pacific Crest Trail, reconnect with nature, and do a bit of drawing. Plus, you just can’t beat this view. #ashleybravin #camping #hiking #angelesforest (at Angeles National Forest)

Painting text in perspective: a lesson in terror. I never realized how unsteady my hand was until today. #ashleybravin #illustration #gouache #painting #childrensbooks #studio

Well, at least Buddy the studio cat is getting a chance to relax this Labor Day weekend! #studio #toughlife #studiocat

A little stop-motion video, detailing the progress of my recent drawing, “C.E.” from start to finish. The drawing depicts the sixteen animals listed on the WWF’s “Critically Endangered” list, and will be featured in the “RIBBA 500” show, opening September 12th at the Coastline Gallery in Newport Beach on September 12th.

WWF Critically Endangered Animals

(in order of appearance):

Sumatran Tiger, Vaquita, Western Lowland Gorilla, Yangtze Finless Porpoise, South China Tiger, Cross River Gorilla, Amur Leopard, Sumatran Orangutan, Sumatran Elephant, Sumatran Rhino, Javan Rhino, Leatherback Turtle, Black Rhino, Saola, Hawksbill Turtle, Mountain Gorilla

(Music: “Cinder and Smoke” by Iron & Wine)

  August 30, 2014 at 09:57pm

Just finished, framed, and delivered this piece to the Coastline Art Gallery in Newport Beach. The drawing depicts the sixteen animals listed on the WWF’s “Critically Endangered” list, and will be featured in the “RIBBA 500” show, opening September 12th . #ashleybravin #art #drawing #artist #wwf #animals #watercolor #ink #ribba500 #coastlineartgallery

  August 28, 2014 at 02:18pm

A sneak peek of the drawing I’m currently working on. Four compositional studies and a hell of a lot of caffeine have gotten me this far, and I’m hoping they’ll continue to carry me through into finishing the piece by Wednesday in time for the show. Needless to say, my hand feels like it’s on fire. #ashleybravin #drawing #artist #studio #art #ink #wwf #animals

  August 25, 2014 at 06:21pm

When it comes to breaking promises to yourself and not going to bed at a reasonable hour, I’m what you might call a pro. #ashleybravin #studio #art #artist #studiolife

  August 23, 2014 at 03:32am

Working out the composition of a piece for an upcoming show with an insanely tight deadline. Thank all that is holy for photocopiers. #ashleybravin #drawing #studio #art #ink #sketch #animals #wwf

  August 20, 2014 at 11:48pm

And so it begins. The studio is prepped, snacks are handy, and with the manuscript at my side, I’m ready to dive into illustrating “Larry the Leprechaun,” by Alexandra Hofmeister-Daly. #ashleybravin #illustration #studio #childrensbooks #gouache #art

  August 20, 2014 at 10:59am