Friday, July 24, 2015

Candied Marbles

Candied Marbles
Colored Pencil 6 1/2" x 16 1/2"

I finished this a couple of weeks ago.  I hadn't worked in colored pencil for quite a while.  They are nice and neat, no mess, no big clean up. They were my medium of choice when my kids were small because they are easy to get out and put away. I've been a little spoiled recently with digital art - being able to correct mistakes and add highlights. I have to do more planning ahead with colored pencil and I work very closely with my photograph.  It's more tedious but a great exercise in patience and perseverance.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Illustration Friday - TREASURE

One man's trash . . . 

     I did this one in several steps.  I started with a very rough pencil sketch in my sketchbook (brainstorming phase). Once I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do, I sketched it digitally so that I could get a good plan for my color and value. Here's that one:

My original plan was to use this as something to copy from and I wanted to have a very nice finished watercolor. Here's my watercolor:

I just didn't have enough patience for the painting and I was fighting against the paper - I wasn't using the best kind for my painting style. I'm also a bit spoiled with being able to fix any mistakes in the computer, so I dropped it back into the digital world for reworking.  There are some areas of the digital sketch that I like more, but all in all I'm happiest with my finished piece.

Monday, July 13, 2015


   For the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators monthly illustrating prompt - DIVERSE
I did the original in acrylics on canvas, then dropped it in to the computer to work on it some more. I'm now going to go back to the original and, using oils, try to make it look like this.

Here's the original painting.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The First Pearl

     I wrote a story, about 15 years ago, titled "The First Pearl." I've never done any illustrations for it until just a couple of weeks ago.   I got out my acrylics and started putting down some images in my re-purposed library book.  I did them quickly and with virtually no reference material, so this was an exercise in fun! I spent no more than an hour on each page. (Not including the digital tweaking and adding of the type.) A regular children's book would have about 28 - 32  illustrated pages.  I only have 12 of them here but these have really gotten me excited about making an entire dummy book to go with the story.

The End

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Illustration Friday - SHARP

"Every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man"
and if you're a nerd (like me and proud of it) you might go crazy 'bout a sharpened pencil too.
Quick digital sketch.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Illustration Friday - DANGER

Danger, like everything else, is relative.

I finally did what I've wanted to do for a long time - re-purpose an old book.  I bought one on flower arranging for 50 cents from the library book sale. I tore out about a fourth of the pages, gessoed some of them up, and I'm now playing in it.  I'm working in acrylics and because the page already starts a bit messy looking, its easier to stay loose and have more fun.  I'm thinking it will be a good place to work on ideas for larger or more refined pieces, and also to experiment with techniques.  Here's what the book looks like: 

Note the message to self that I'm still in the process of coloring - "It's okay to play." Something I don't do enough of. Something I will try to do more often.