Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013


It's been a long hiatus while I moved into the apartment beneath me...a lot of work but oh so worth it. And I am finally at the point where I can hit the drawing table again.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Embroidery from my Drawing

This was created from a pencil drawing I did by a friend on Facebook. She writes:

Hello everyone... This is the completed picture of Drusilla Kehl's gorgeous butterfly rat.. This little creature I have dedicated to the memory of all our beloved ratties who have crossed over the bridge...he is there to guide their safe passage over into the other world... He's been stitched by me using pure silk threads and real whiskers... The whiskers have come from my Gambian pouch rat Peter... I collect them when he's shed them himself... And this little guy has his very own halo... I hope you like my interpretation of your gorgeous design Dru ...

Thursday, October 3, 2013

New Store on Zibbet!

I've had a store on Etsy for a long time. Now Etsy is changing its policies and a lot of artists and craftsmen are unhappy with it. I found out about an on line venue called Zibbet, which is all about actual hand crafted items (like Etsy used to be), and figured it would not hurt to open a store there. Apparently Zibbet is being flooded by former Etsy sellers, and may be where folks will now look for unique crafted items. It operated just like Etsy does, and I have the same items in both stores. You can find The Illustrated Rat on Zibbet here.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Big project

Someone's memorial to her passed ratties. Will be 11"x14" and keep me out of trouble for a while. Thank goodness for Photoshop which made the compositing much easier.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

More pendants

I had to do a custom pendant which was offered as a raffle prize (the third one down) so did a few more while I was at it.  They are available on Etsy.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Please support The Travelin' Rat!

The Travelin' Rat "Helping rescues wherever we can!" is a small nonprofit organization that donates money to small animal rescues through a variety of fund raising efforts. We are currently accepting donations not only of money but also items to resell to raise much needed funds for animal rescues across the US. For more information about how you can help, visit us

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Rata Arcana Nova: The Emperor

Gouache 3.5"x5". I used a lot of gold paint which does not show up on the scan.
In honor of Francis and Rexee.

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Gouache 5"x7".


I was reminded by a Facebook post that I have a DeviantArt page which I had quite forgotten about. So I updated it and will pay a little more attention to it from now on.
theillustratedrat on DeviantArt.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Friday, August 9, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Rata Arcana Nova

I knew I was not going to continue the Rata Arcana Tarot series I had started in acrylics since I was not that fond of the medium. That meant starting over in gouache, which I enjoy. I am doing these bigger, and hopefully will see the project through eventually.
Gouache 3.5"x5".

Friday, July 26, 2013

Amanda's Ratties at the Bridge

Gouache 11"x14". Commissioned for Amanda L by her friends in the Rats Are Awesome Facebook Group.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013


My friend in England took two high res copies of my portrait of Darryl Dixon to the London Comicon, where she got to meet Norman Reedus. She gave him a copy and had him autograph the second for me. Big smile!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Saffi was described as "the queen of rat lace." She is missed by Laurey B. Gouache 5"x7".

Monday, June 17, 2013


Gouache 5"x7". Done for the winner of a portrait gift certificate in one of the recent raffles.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Circle Pendants/Key Rings

The last batch of pendants for Rat Camp. Gouache with gold, silver & pearl paint. The circles are about 1 1/2" wide.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Heart Shaped Pendants

Gouache with silver, gold, copper & pearl paint. The hearts are about an inch high in the center. I'm pretty happy with these. Gouache is working much better than transparent watercolor.