Wednesday, January 28, 2015


     This one has taken quite a while to finish. I tend to paint for a while then take several days or a couple of weeks off and come back to it. It sat lonely and half done through the entire holiday season. I started it back in November. It's 2 feet by 3 feet - much larger than my more recent 2 inch by 3 inch paintings.  It's rather shocking to my senses to see it on my easel.
     I had planned to paint from life but had to rely heavily on a photo I took because the lighting was just too dark to paint in. The most difficult part was taking a photo of the finished piece.  No matter where I put the painting there was a glare on it.  I ended up having to remove the glare with my digital software.  Time to invest in some nice photo equipment.

This is what it looked like after the first day I worked on it.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

WINTER (do-over)

I just could not be happy with my first attempt at this illustration so I did it over. I did the girls the same way I did the snowflakes originally. I drew them on copy paper then glued them down and painted them with acrylics.  After that I added some digital enhancements and here you have it. I am so much happier with this one and I also figured out the pixel problem ( I think) so I should have more success with digital additions next time. Here are the girls before I painted them:

This is all a learning experience. I am getting there.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Illustration Friday - NEFARIOUS

I was in the mood to do some sketching in my sketchbook.  This is a collection of nefarious characters from Hollywood. Freddy doesn't look so scary without his makeup does he?

Saturday, January 10, 2015


What a process! I was experimenting with all kinds of things for this one.  I started by applying acrylic to a piece of bristol paper. It looked like this:

I then drew some snowflakes on 20lb copy paper, cut them out, glued them down to the background with Mod Podge and painted them up with acrylics.  The result is below along with the digitally enhanced version.


I created a new layer (working in Corel Paint) and worked directly on the computer, adding the girls. I had big problems with their faces because the image was so  pixelated that I couldn't get any detail. I still have a long way to go in my digital art knowledge but when I think of where I was a couple of years ago I have to give myself some credit.

I have learned that my favorite way to work (at this point), is the old fashioned way of pencil and paintbrush to paper and canvas and then throwing in the digital enhancements at the end.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Taylor Swift

    I pulled up several photos of Taylor online and did a couple of sketches of her first to get used to her facial structure.  This was the third attempt at a caricature and I'm happy with it.  I'm getting more serious about putting together a portfolio and I wanted to have a few more caricatures in there.  I think they're fun to do and I've always liked doing portraits.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas tree

This is something I've been working on for a few days.  It started as a doodle in my sketchbook that I wanted to take a little further. I sketched it up on bristol paper with watercolor pencils just in time to post it on Facebook as a Merry Christmas to those who "like" my illustration page. It looked like this:

I dropped it into Corel Painter and have been sprucing it up.  I'm going to put it aside for now. I'm ready to move on to some other projects and . . . Christmas is over.  I think I'll pull it out again next year, as Christmas approaches, and spruce it up some more. Maybe I'll have some new digital skills by then too.  I wish everyone a Very Happy New Year!!!!!