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 stunning. 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 chill people.

Since graduating, I have worked at 3 jobs that made pretty cool things, but didn't really fulfill what I was really wanting. 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.

And 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 animation as I go! 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.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Just a little something for the holiday season! Be safe and merry!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Something I did for fun!
Still playing with simple shapes of color on black backgrounds.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Scooby dooby doo!

This month, I thought it would be fun to take on the theme 'Sleuths'
As you may already know, I absolutely love 'whodunnit' books and movies. Thought I would start with the classic cartoon series, "Scooby Doo".

Scooby and the Gang!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Sea Captain

I sketched a sea captain while listening to the audiobook, "Jaws". Decided to color him up!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Line art

Decided to experiment a little with line this week and chose birds as my subject matter.
I thought it would be fun to paint them in bright colors on a black background. It almost makes it seem like they are glowing!

Friday, July 24, 2015


I decided to change out my profile pic for a simple illustration... trying something new.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lil Red

A little red and a lot of green! I was part way between sleep and wake when this image came to my head. I liked the idea of a blobby shape with the part of the image creeping out. I also love doing tones of one color contrasted with a pop of another!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Train Sketches

This month I have been riding the train to work. I decided to take advantage of the commute by sketching passengers on the way. It's been a fun way to get some drawing practice in. Some of the best advice I got about finding your style is that it comes naturally when drawing from life.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Mr. & Mrs. Fox

I have seen foxes everywhere for a while now and you might be over them, but I still think they are really cute! I played with designing a couple of foxes in a simple, flat style which I always really enjoy. I might have to do a series of woodland creatures in this same approach, don't you think?
Here are some images of my Mr. and Mrs. Fox collection at my Society6 store:

Monday, February 9, 2015

RAW: Artist Showcase

Hi friends and family!
Time for an update...
This month is going to quite a busy month for the hubby and me.
Firstly, I accepted a new day job and we are moving to Salt Lake.
Even though I really enjoyed where I was, this change needed to happen and we are excited for the new adventure!

Secondly, I have been working on some projects that I haven't been able to share just yet, but know I am busy and there is art in the works coming very soon!

Thirdly, I was approached to be a featured artist at the annual show "RAW" in Salt Lake next week (2/19/15). They showcase artists of both visual and performing arts, so there will be a lot of amazing things to see that night. I will have a booth set up with prints and such and would love to see your friendly faces there! If you can come and support the local artists, please purchase tickets for the show HERE, (just click where it says 'I am RAW').

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fashion: "The Devil Wears Prada"

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have already seen some of these illustrations.
One of the styles I am excited to experiment more with is Fashion.
Some of my favorite fashion illustrators include Edith Head, David Downton and Rene Gruau.
This first series I've done was inspired straight from the movie: "The Devil Wears Prada" using ink and acrylic paint.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Something I loved about being in school was that we were always exploring and experimenting. I have so many ideas and questions buzzing through my head of different things I want to try and I've decided it is time to experiment again, and I don't just mean with art either.
There have been things I have pushed aside for school, work or whatever the reasons may have been. Now it is time to do some of those fun new things!
I'm excited for what lies ahead and I hope 2015 is an incredible year for us all!

I decided to play with traditional ink and watercolor for this... already experimenting!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Desktop Download: Red Floral

I have come to LOVE designing patterns.
I create patterns for work and it has opened a whole new avenue for me to create art.
Thinking about pattern definitely influences the way I illustrate overall.
I designed this red floral inspired by one of my favorite artists: Dinara Mirtalipova
This pattern is available for sale at my Society6 store as a:

I wanted to REALLY share this with my blog followers, so this pattern is also available, just for you to download for free HERE to spruce up your desktop! 
(copyrights belong to Rani Bean, please use for personal use only. Thank you)

Thank you for all you support over the years!
Hope you have a great Holiday season!

"Merry Christmas...ya filthy animal!"

I know I haven't had as much time to post personal work lately, due to this time of year being crazy, but I did get in a little time to create an illustration to share with friends and family.

I thought it would be fun to draw my hubby and me as elves... Hope you have a wonderful Holiday season!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Tulle Skirt

I can't believe how fast this year has gone!
November is practically over.
I plan on posting at least once next month before the year is over.
I have been busy with commission work, which is great, but leaves me with very little time to do my own art.
This is a quick piece I did between projects earlier this month. I'm on the computer all day at work, so it's always a nice change to pull out my traditional mediums. I painted this image with acrylics on black cardstock.

I have a white tulle skirt that I'm excited to wear over the holiday season and on into the warmer months. Fashion to me is a another fun way to express myself. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Happy Anniversary month!
I started this blog 3 years ago on 10/25/11... how time flies!
All month I will be participating in Jake Parkers Inktober.
I didn't do it justice last year, but this year I am committed to doing ink sketches for the whole 30 days!
Yes, I said 30... I know there are 31 days in October... but for the final day, I will be posting all the sketches I did over the month in one finished image.
My inspiration for Inktober this year came from one of my all time favorite books as a kid, "Full Moon Soup" by Alastair Graham. I would pour over those pictures on rainy days in the school library for hours.
I know I could never come close to this man's genius in both ideas and execution, but I thought it would be fun to do my own Halloween 'cutaway' image inspired by him.

I have been posting these images daily to my Instagram if you want to see the progress.
Stay tuned for a very special Artist Spotlight this month!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


I have always been fascinated with Ancient Egyptian (and Greek) history and mythology
In my Art History classes, they were definitely one of the more exciting times to learn about.
You can learn more about Nefertiti here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Salt Lake Comic Con 2014

What an awesome experience!
I'm really glad I decided to have a table at Salt Lake Comic Con this year. I got to meet a ton of great new people, reconnect with friends and family and share my art with the Salt Lake Community. The event was super fun, but I have to say, the best part for me was seeing people emotionally react to my art... it seriously gave me warm fuzzies all over! Thank you to everyone who came by and supported my work. It's made me excited to get working on more new pieces to share at the next SLCC. I also need to say that I couldn't have done any of this without the help from my beautiful sister, (my booth babe) and my sweet mother-in-law and my incredible husband who all helped me so much behind the scenes.
Here are a few captured moments at the Con:

Setting up the booth

Me and Han Solo

My sister got me a Comic Con T-shirt and Back to the Future hat!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


This is going to be a card for the cat lovers out there!
I love playing with different shapes and I will definitely do more of these with different subject matter. If you have suggestions as to what you'd like to see next, just leave a comment below!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"I Dream of Jeannie"

That Jeannie! She was always getting into mischief because of her jealous nature and misunderstandings!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mary Poppins

"Rosy cheeks and everything!"
I always wished I could snap my fingers to tidy up my room, but alas... it never worked.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Craft Lake City

This weekend I participated in Craft Lake City's DIY Festival!
It was such a fun experience.
I shared a booth with my incredibly talented friend Melissa Moyle.
Melissa is a graphic designer that specializes in hand lettering.
We got a chance to meet a lot of great people as well as share and sell our art.
Each of my illustrations has a story behind them, based on my personal life experiences, so having others appreciate them is such a rewarding feeling. Thanks to all of you who stopped by and supported us! It was so great to be a part of the festival the celebrates the local artists of Salt Lake City.
Here are some pictures I shared on instragram from the event:

Friday, August 8, 2014

DIY Festival!

Today and tomorrow I will have a booth set up at the Craft Lake City- DIY Festival in Salt Lake.
My hubby (who gets the 'Husband of the Year Award") has been helping me like crazy to get everything ready. We have been printing, cutting and packaging until the wee small hours of the morning. Each and every piece of art has been handled with care just for you to take home and enjoy! The DIY Festival is a family event, with craft stations for the kids, food trucks galore and over 200 vendors selling all sorts of goodies. Admission is free! Hope you'll come by and say 'hi!'

(designed by Courtney Blair)