Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fish and Flamingos!

For Colour Collective's 'Aureolin' prompt (the first CC of 2017!), I was originally going to do a field of buttercups because it's such a nice bright yellow. I know, it kinda got away from me.... 

I was discussing buttercups with a friend, and trying to think of something a bit incongruous to have sitting in them - I had originally thought of a black bull, but that seemed a bit too 'Ferdinand' to me – and she suggested a flamingo. Well, we got the flamingo, but not the buttercups. Oops. 


Adobe Photoshop CC on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2

Monday, February 20, 2017

Portrait: Kim Novak

Here's a new movie star portrait. I don't do many of these now, although they were the mainstay of my work when I was a teenager.

I'll be honest, I didn't like working on this, for reasons I won't go into here. But I never let that stop me from creating work as best I can, and I think the end result is pretty good.


See some of my process below the cut:

More Cards!

Here are some more hand painted cards from last year. First up, a baby card. You may remember the baby cards I've already blogged, one of which was for a cousin's second baby girl. That cousin's sister had her second baby girl shortly afterwards, so I did another card in the same style:



Here's a video of me painting that card:



Around the same time I also needed to make a nice sympathy card for a family friend who had had a short battle with cancer:



And here's a video of me working on that. Towards the end you can see me adding Perfect Pearls for a bit of a shimmer - they're a fine pearlescent powder, and I use an embossing pen (actually, a proper Perfect Medium pen - often I don't have the 'proper' tools =P) to get them to stick.



Both of these cards were done with watercolour and a water pen, over ink (both Copic Multiliners and a Pentel Brush Pen), and the drawing behind the watercolour images is tinted with prismacolour pencils.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

CC Moroccan Blue

Heavens, I'm a bit behind on my blogging! The beginning of the year is always flat-out for me, and writing for blog posts was way down on my to-do list!

Here's a little piece I did for Colour Collective's 'Moroccan Blue' prompt. I went with The Little Mermaid:


I was inspired by a sweet photo by The Burleigh Princesses on Instagram, which popped into my feed that week:


I wish I'd had more time, I didn't really do justice to my reference, but on the whole I think it works quite well. The fireworks were a lot of fun!

Adobe Photoshop CC on a Cintiq Companion 2.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Myrnas

Continuing with Illo Advent, I did some Christmas themed illustrations of my dog Myrna. I'd already done some extras when I did 'Scarlet' for Colour Collective and I had saved them for Illo Advent days when I was too busy to create something new:



And then I added two more, with a different background colour, as it was getting closer to Christmas:



Some of these are inspired by actual things Myrna has done, and some of them are just inspired by her in general. She does hoik her ball out from tricky places using a paw, but she hasn't stolen a bauble (yet....). But I regret to say that we had a BBQ last night and we did find her up on the table, after the crumbs and the discarded serviettes (she loves tissues). It's not like she doesn't know that she's not allowed up there! Fortunately all the food had been taken away by that time (also all the plates, but that doesn't read so well as 'up on the table'...). 

All done in Adobe Photoshop CC 2016 on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2. They were pretty quick, I think I spent a little over two hours each on the first two, and less on the second two. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The 12 Days of Christmas for Illo Advent

I thought I'd try to take part in Illo Advent again this year, but as December can get pretty hectic, I decided I'd do a mix of new pieces and existing ones. I started off with 12 quick sketch illustrations for The Twelve Days of Christmas. In general, I managed to keep these down to about half an hour each, so the quality starts to drop off the more people I have to fit in. In an ideal world I would have had more time to work on the more extensive ones, but as it was I think it was good practice at keeping things speedy:

On the first Day of Christmas my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second Day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Two turtledoves
And a partridge in a pear tree.


On the third Day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Three french hens
Two turtledoves
And a partridge in a pear tree.


On the fourth Day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Four colly birds
Three french hens
Two turtledoves
And a partridge in a pear tree.


On the fifth Day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Five gold rings
Four colly birds
Three french hens
Two turtledoves
And a partridge in a pear tree.


On the sixth Day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Six geese a-laying
Five gold rings
Four colly birds
Three french hens
Two turtledoves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

See the rest under the cut:

Friday, December 23, 2016

Thank You!

For the Dark Phthalo Green prompt for Colour Collective, I decided to do a design to match our Christmas cards. I used the same background (changing the colour to green), and the same type of angel character, and added a robin helping with a floral wreath (to get in more green). As these match our Christmas cards, I might possibly use it for a thank you card, if I'm not feeling up to creating something new this Christmas (or, perhaps I should say, if I find I have way too much to do to take more than just Christmas Day off!). It needs a bit of a tidy up, of course. My Colour Collectives almost always do!



I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading my blog! This is my 446th post since I started blogging in April 2010. I've come a long way since then. Thank you for being a part of that journey!

Adobe Photoshop CC 2016 on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2. About 5 hours.

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