I am dreaming of summer, or even just spring! I sketched this little puddle splasher and then added paint. I really liked it as is, but wanted to try some outlines… Not sure I’m a fan of the final result, but all in the name of experimenting. What I do love is this is one of my “best” sketches I did from my head…no reference picture, just something I thought of and put on paper. Very proud!
Anyway, just busy waiting for this baby to come on out! I’m still busy sketching away in my “spare” time, but updates will probably be sparse for awhile.
Another week, another illustration Friday! This week the topic is “swim”, and as a former competitive swimmer I had about a billion ideas, but knew I wanted to do something underwater. I am so inspired by the work of Samantha French! Her style is so amazing and while I am still light years away from that level, it was so fun to try out this new perspective! I also enjoyed combining watercolor and gouache for some depth.
This weeks Illustration Friday topic is: eye glasses. I immediately wanted to sketch someone famous and add some outrageous glasses too… I started with Lincoln, and have plans for a Mona Lisa!
I’ve been reading/following the very fun blog paper fashion for awhile now, and was thrilled when she mentioned she was teaching a class over at skillshare on illustrating runway looks. I love her style and figured I had nothing to loose a lot to gain about another illustrator’s technique and process!
The online class started last week and I’ve been enjoying not only attempting some fashion illustrations, but also seeing what everyone else comes up with. So inspiring, I am trying to focus on all the different wonderful perspectives and less on the ‘how do I compare?’ aspect!
Anyway, since I’ve been spending time on this I thought I’d show a little of my progress so far. Here are my sketches, this week I plan on adding the watercolor! Very exciting!
Happy Friday, happy weekend! Simple things like this pic, paint on my hands, make me happy!
Here it is!
I’m so, so happy with this, and what makes me even happier is every time my 2 year old sees it he says, “mommy did you paint me?” So if he approves, I do too.
I’m really happy with how this turned out, and how closely it matches the vision I had when I started! Perhaps more portraits I this style are in my future…? Who’s interested?
For reference, here’s the original post where I shared the original image and progress!
In the spirit of documenting my progress, another painting I recently worked on. I found these fun images of a Benefit campaign via Design Love Fest here and immediately thought it would be fun to paint one. And that I did!
I like the direction this is going, but I think it needs more color variety and maybe more detail… But it was FUN and that’s the whole point, right?!
My favorite project so far, by far! I’m not quite finished, but I really love the direction this is going.
We had some great photos of M taken around his 2nd birthday by a local photographer tadpole photography , and I’ve been wanting to try my hand at creating a portrait of him for some time. I had a failed attempt about a year ago, so I figured it was time for another try.
I started with this photo:
I messed around with it in photoshop a bit to bring out the darks and lights, and then drew it on a canvas that has been laying around forever. Which brought me to here:
Then I busted out my new favorite paints (gouache) in some blues and settled upon the right shades. What I didn’t quite think through was the quality of gouache on canvas, especially an older/probably cheap one that was made for acrylic and oil. But I forged on, and ended up doing a few extra coats, still happy with the results. I’d like to spend more time refining a few of the shades, but here’s where I am now:
Can’t wait to finish it up and hang it! Update coming soon(ish)!
I’ve followed and even participated in Illustration Friday in the past, but its been awhile. I decided to jump back I the saddle this week with a quick charcoal drawing illustrating this week’s topic, whisper. I have to say, charcoal is not my favorite medium, but it was fun to try something different.
I’ve been having so much fun playing with paints! It’s fun to take the pressure off and just do something! I pulled out my old gouache paints that I bought a million years ago for a class at the CA Fabric Design School, and I remember how much I LOVE them. Someone once told me gouache is like the child of acrylic and watercolor. I love how they can be flat, but still have great color. If that makes any sense?? Anyway, after more browsing I was taken with this young woman and her patterns, so I sketched away and then painted. It wasn’t until after all that that I realized her face proportions are a bit off (eyes too high) BUT, I did it. Learning. Process. From the neck down, I really love it!