Hello everybody! Have I missed WaWe. Hope everyone is having an awesome new year. This is an illustration I just finished for one of Jennifer Poulter's poster poems. The inner me was always daydreaming and trying to work out the world in my mind.
This image (double click on image to see it larger) is watercolor on Yupo paper, a very slick watercolor paper that I've just started experimenting with. It's pretty forgiving & you can push the pigment & washes around and pull them back up, but it's also a little frustrating because the washes & pigments come up so easily. It took an hour to work just the faces--they went through a lot of changes, some not so cute!
My childhood was filled with Golden and Peterpan records on a portable record player. I could never find the little yellow inserts that went into the 45's so they wobbled while they played. I loved going to Toyland!!! All I had to do was say the magic words. Haluna, Haluna, fe fi fo to the land of toys I wish to go. And then the man on the record would ask, " Are you there yet???" he he he he! Pixie sticks and other treats, the circus and clowns and fairies! Hours of jacks with my sister Coy and paddle ball contest! Yes and hours of Star Trek, Lost in Space, Ultra Man, Petticoat Junction, The Addams Family, The Monsters, I Love Lucy, Hazel, Top Cat, Bugs Bunny
Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse, and the list goes on.
Just wanted to show where I am at this point on the colored pencil drawing, which I'm calling Mardi Gras Dog. I'm slowly building up the colored pencil, and I'm working with a limited palette. The cross over area where her right hand is under her left hand is giving me trouble. I love drawing hands, but that area looks like her right hand is bending akwardly (rather than it being two different hands). I'm fairly pleased with the overall result, but it's not finished yet and I don't want to rush it. I'll post again after getting further into the drawing.
This is something I did on a free software program...computer art is definitely not a medium I am comfortable with. It took an unbelievable amount of time to do this but I sort of like it. Don't know if I will be doing it very much but you never know.
I like drawing with ink. I like painting with watercolours. Combining both together is still new to me, so I'm going to improve it this year. Which one of them to apply first? What kind of paper to use? Advices and recommendations are very welcome!
I'm celebrating the New Year by challenging myself to work toward several goals: lose weight, master the color pencil, and enter more exhibitions. This image is Prismacolor, and I usually only work in color pencil monochromatically. It's in its very beginning stage. I want to push myself to learn how to use the medium with full color. I've even joined Colored Pencil Society of America! I've used a reference photo for this image that I took at the last PAWS Mardi Gras Pet Parade. I loved the relationship between the bulldog & his happy owner.
Still hard at work on my book. It is going much slower than I like, but the pages I have done I really like and am very happy with them.
I couldn't find a good cradle with any reference so I went out and bought some clay. I only needed a little but the smallest box was 10 pounds. So now I have about 9 3/4 lbs of clay left!
Above is my reference for my nature baby in his cradle. I didn't sculpt the face, and the clay needs to dry beor I can paint it. But now I have reference so I can push forward with more book drawings. Baby is in about a third of all images including the cover!
Wish me luck and creative flowing productive energy, the deadline looms!!! LOL
I'm doing a CD album cover and also the sleeves for this local band (Hollywood Nobody), will be titled "Everything Happens for a Reason". I've been messing around with new media for this little project, and it's exciting!
I made up a little scene here: the girl is wondering why the sun doesn't rise early and why the moon doesn't shine more brightly, it's because "everything happens for a reason". Sorry for those annoying little notes...
This is not final, only a little preview, but i hope they'll like my work so far. The CD will be released next month (i'm excited because it will be released in Asia too!), so... wish me luck!
I'm so sorry i've been busy, see you later WaWe!!!!!
This is an image for the cover of January 2010 Stories for Children Magazine--I finally got to do a cover! I used an image that I'd done earlier & added to it. The sad thing is they're going out of business after March 2010. I'll miss them--I've been illustrating for them for over a year now. They'll be missed... oops, I've been messing with the blog colors--let me know if they don't read well.