Friday, May 29, 2015

Underwater Birds

     This is another redo.  I did the original a couple of years ago and have always wanted to go back and revise it a little. My digital skills have grown considerably since then, so I thought I would just take the original (done in acrylic) and drop it into Corel Paint and have some fun with it. The inspiration for the image came from "Game of Thrones" by George R.R. Martin. A character named Patchface (in the books) sang, "under the sea, the birds have scales for feathers." I just loved those words.
Here's the original acrylic painting

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Illustration Friday - MELT

     My contribution this week to Illustration Friday.  I'd like to set up an actual still life and take some photographs and turn this into an oil painting - but what a waste of delicious sweetness that would be. I'll just have to be ready with my camera the next time I come across a beautiful ice cream sundae that someone left in the sun.
     When I was a kid, probably around 7 or 8 years old, they began advertising The Fiesta Sundae at Dairy Queen. IT WAS GORGEOUS! A party in a bowl! A glimpse of heaven with whipped cream swirls, sprinkles, and of course those perfect curlicues of vanilla soft serve poking out from the top. I wanted one so badly I could barely live with myself.  Well, my parents took me to the Dairy Queen. I was so excited! Unfortunately, I was waited on by a teen-ager who couldn't have cared less.  The fantasy bowl I had longed for was thrown quickly together, came out lopsided and the curlicues didn't even curl on the top.  I was devastated. Don't think I've actually gotten over it.
     I'm a vegan now, so this particular sundae is made with coconut ice cream.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Illustration Friday - PET redo

     I redid this one. I just wasn't happy with it the first time and I like this one better. It's fresher looking and the mermaid is sweeter and more cartoonish to match her pet.  Since I'm in the process now of working on my portfolio, there was no reason to set this aside and come back to it later.  I'm happy with it now so it will remain as is.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Illustration Friday - WIGGLE

I can't think of too many more things much wigglier than a happy little dog.