Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mask Shop

     I don't know if this one is quite done.  I have a feeling I'll be going into it and tweaking things here and there but it's not going to have anymore extreme changes. I'll be submitting it to a SCBWI notecard contest within the next couple of weeks.
     This is the result of a few things coming together.  I had taken a photo of a mask shop when we were over in Italy for my step-daughter's wedding a couple of years ago.  The photo didn't turn out great but I liked the idea. Then, I was driving through Covington, Ohio last year and saw an empty building on a street corner.  I took a photo thinking I would paint that building and then fill the windows in with the items from the mask shop.

     This is what the painting was looking like when I ran out of steam.  There just wasn't enough going on in there.  When the opportunity of the notecard contest came up (they want an illustration depicting my favorite season and THIS is it) I decided to take a photo of the unsuccessful painting and liven it up a bit. I dropped it into Corel Paint and added all the fun stuff.


  1. Wow, I really like both the paintings, before and after!! I really love the detail of the building.

    1. Thanks, Ebony! I may get back to the original at some point and finish it up.

  2. Hi Tracy,
    I followed your art after you liked my Muse illustration :-)
    Great works here!
    I noticed that our inspirations for being an illustrators later in life are somewhat similar...
    So good luck and keep enjoying what you do!

    Daphna Rosin