Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Here's my late entry...
Inkwash and PS
I really like the themes for the month and I've enjoyed looking at some really splendid stuff, can't wait to see what the second half of the month will bear :)
Well done all 'round!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
If the truth be known, mice actually adore cats & they respect their "cat magic" and hope to learn the secret of having nine lives! (ACEO, 3.5" x 2.5") ink pen & watercolor
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
"There is nothing that a cup of tea and a pistachio macaroon
can't cure" said the cubby little Fairy. Cinderella and her
fairy Godmother stayed at home and had a tea party instead.
This is traditional watercolor which is then scanned into
my computer and finished in photoshop.
Have a great week everyone.
A small, quick piece 5" x 5" watercolor & ink pen. I'm busy preparing for three major exhibitions. You can find where & when on my blog. We've got some wonderful art going on at Watercolor Wednesdays--great responses everyone!
Hi everyone, It's been a while I know, and oddly as I scanned this to post and say "Hello, I've missed you and here's what I've been up to" I see the post has a Kitty-Cat theme - so a two-fer - bonus! In between a lot of life stuff and a couple of project deadlines I recently took some open watercolor classes. I've always worked in either acrylic or inks, and so I joined the class to better understand the technical components of watercolor and how to gain that 'control' - you know what I'm talking about, right? Anyway, this was a small side experiment that I just had a little fun with. I never intend to use watercolor in my children's book illustration, but it was kinda cool to see how one of my characters made it onto the Arches. This was using Cotman (I'm such a student!) on 90lb Hot Press Arches. Good to be back, I've missed you all! :)
Posted by Leeza Hernandez Illustrator at 7:08 AM
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Here's the painted up Back Beat Betty.
This first version is straight watercolor and gouache.
This one was manipulated a bit with Photoshop.
I added two layers.
One filled with purple in the dark areas and set to multiply with a 70 percent opacity.
The other is a duplicate of the purple layer that I added noise to with the noise filter and then reduced the opacity to 50 percent.
It gives it a better feeling of her being in a spotlight up on stage.
I think I might have to go in and add her shadow that would be cast by the spotlight. Not sure about that though.
I also might go back in and add some more details to her to make her look more like a bobcat.
Notice she doesn't have any whiskers or any markings.
I have a good reference pick that I have been using for her so I'll go back to it and "plus" her up.
She's the first in a series that I want to do.
It's a series of Beatnic animals.
I have to get to the library and see if I can actually find any books on beatnics.
I'l also have to look up some musical phrases to be able to name the rest of the characters.
Some of the ideas for characters are a cat fish, yak, toucan, squirrel, mouse, sloth,...