About Jen Tennille

I love to doodle!

Crayola Marker on Bright White Copy Illustration Art
Self Portrait, Crayola Marker on Bright White Copy

Ever since I can remember, I have drawn.  Since the first time I picked up that super fat crayon for tiny hands, I have not stopped.  I remember my grandmother filled the back hallway of our home with all of her favorite drawings even after I grew up and moved out.  Every time we had someone over, she had to show the newest addition to her personal gallery!  While my drawings have evolved and improved over the years, one thing remains the same--my love for drawing.

Doodling and drawing are not just hobbies, but a passion.  I draw in the car (not while driving, though).  I draw while watching television (documentaries rock!).  I draw late at night to put myself to sleep.  I draw in the mornings with my first cup of coffee to wake myself up.  I draw while I listen to audio books or a brilliant classical music piece.  Drawing is my meditation, my passion, my life.  I have scribbled on napkins, doodled in the margins of notebooks, created hundreds of complete works, studied, read, studied, and above all, never stopped drawing.

PrismaColor Colored Pencil and Ink Illustration Art
Colored Pencil and Ink

Most of my inspiration comes from nature.  I am a big fan of flowers, butterflies, and birds.  Sometimes, I will browse through my (massive) collection of vintage images or read books and blogs about other artists and their experiences.  I have yet to have a day that I get artist's block.  There is so much in the world to draw that I haven't even broken one tenth of it yet.  I have a very head-in-the-clouds outlook and an unstoppable imagination that really fuels my ideas.

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My Studio

PrismaColor Colored Pencil on Vellum Bristol Illustration Art Design
PrismaColor colored pencil on vellum bristol paper.

My art studio is located in my Battle Ground, Washington home.  I run the full gammet from artist, customer service rep., to office manager.  Everything is handled by me and only me to ensure quality and perfection.  Visitors are welcome by appointment.

My home life can be pretty hectic.  I have a young son, teenage daughter, hyper black lab puppy, frog, snake, and fish that all keep me on my toes.  Somehow, I am able to create a working balance between the violin lessons, karate lessons, puppy training, school activities and transportation, homework help, band concerts, quality time with my family, household chores, renovating my new house, and creating art.  I don't know how I do it other than dive in, go, and excellent time management.  I try to keep the first hour of my day and last two hours before bedtime strictly for drawing and doodling so the creative juices never stop flowing.

My Design Desk

Lunstead Graphic Design Desk
My desk and credenza where made by Lunstead, based in Seattle, Washington.  The business has since been bought out by Haworth after Harry Lunstead passed away, suffering a heart attack.  Mine were actually made in Kent, Washington before Haworth moved in.  My comptuer is a 1 TB Hp Pavilion running Windows 8.  I have two monitors that I regularly use, a 50 inch that I plug into when I feel I need it, and a third portrait montior that I pull out on occasion.  I use a Wacom CTE-440 with the desktop that I have had for years and yearss and love, love, love that pen.  I also have a Dell Latitude laptop for when I need to go portable.  I use the Corel Draw Suite, Corel Painter, Macromedia Fireworks, Gimp, Sketchbook, and Office.

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My Lunstead Credenza, Drafting Table, and Comfy Lounge Chair

Jen Tennille Illustration and Design Studio

Sometimes, the desk and table just don't do it for me.  So, I curl up on my comfy lounge chair and pull a laptop table up to use as my drawing surface.  This is great for late nights when I'm tired but really, really need to get that design in my head down on paper!

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The Drafting Table

Illustration Drafting Table

This is my drafting table with a mechanic's stool on coasters.  Designing graphics on an adjustable drafting table is so much easier than trying to get comfy at the desk.  I can spread my wings and fly (and pencils, papers, stickers, markers, crayons...).  Usually, by the time my creative sessions are complete, I have to spend just as much time cleaning up the right brain clutter that is left behind.  This drafting table was an awesome thrift store find.  Can you believe I only paid $10 for it?

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Tablet Laptop and the Generic Droid

Dell Touch Table for Drawing IllustrationsAndroid Table for Drawing Illustrations
When I am on the go, I like using my Dell Latitude XT.  When I really need to conserve my space, I'll use my generic 10" Android tablet.  Unfortunately, Sketchbook Pro doesn't work so good with this tablet.  However, I found Doodle Joy to be a really fun and useful app the works marvelously on it.

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Skill Sets Beyond Art

As an illustration artist, especially one who creates how-to illustrations, it is helpful to have varied skills outside of art.  Here is a list of my outside interests and qualifications:

  • Attended Ashmead College for massage therapy and spa resulting in a thorough knowledge of medical anatomy, terminology, injuries, and diseases as well as aromatherapy and treatments, essential oil chemistry, and spa treatments and procedures,
  • Certified Bookkeeper since 2004.
  • Worked as a bookkeeper and office manager for a major grocery retailer for 8 years, contracted out as a Girl Friday for 2 years.
  • I play the violin and Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Bass Baroque Recorder and have learned how to play (but don't practice) the piano and bass guitar.
  • I have privately tutored students in music theory, voice, and piano.
  • I am an orange belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate.
  • I have a vast knowledge of metaphysics, Pranic energy healing, playing and using crystal singing bowls for energy balance, tarot cards and readings, rune casting, and the use of herbs and essential oils for healing the etheric body and home.
  • I have read The Holy Bible in it's entirety--the Old Testament twice and the New Testament three times not to include several re-readings of the 4 Gospels.
  • I know nearly 50 different crochet stitches, how to create crochet patterns, and how to modify patterns to accommodate different sizes.
  • I know how to bead--herringbone stitch, peyote stitch, brick stitch, square stitch, and loom weaving.  I also know how to create beading patterns for these stitches and how to modify them to accommodate different sizes.
  • I dance Cheyenne Northern Fancy Shawl and was fortunate to grow up with consistent exposure to Native American lifestyles and beliefs.
  • I shoot a recurve bow.

I believe that a life full of experience and knowledge is a life well lived.

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Happy Doodles!

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