Sunday, April 15, 2018

Swinging

Colour Collective's 'Amber' prompt made me think of wheat, and having got that far, it's a very small jump to 'harvest mouse'. (To be honest, I don't really need an excuse to draw a harvest mouse...or any mouse). A google search for 'harvest mouse' (as well as providing you with cute overload) will give you lots of mice climbing around plants, and sitting in their elaborate woven nests. For a kidlitart scenario, that naturally brings me to a mouse that has made its own little swing:

 

He doesn't stand out much, but that's okay, because harvest mice are supposed to be camouflaged, right? I added the poppies because it really needed a contrast to all that yellow and brown. 

I whipped this up in just an hour or two, almost exclusively using Kyle Webster's Gouache brushes (specifically the Gouache a Go Go and the Gouache Bonus Gritty Dry). Not super-refined or anything, I was in a hurry. 

Adobe Photoshop CC2018 on a Wacom Mobile Studio Pro

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Pen Pals

Colour Collective's 'Celeste' prompt came right at Easter... but I didn't want to do anything Easter-themed for it. The colour reminded me of ice, and eventually that ended up with this little set of pen pals. I don't know about you, but I always cringe when I see illustrations with penguins and polar bears in the same place - these two are definitely in their original habitats, but with their icy life experiences, I thought they'd make perfect pen pals!


Here's a look at them individually:



I rather like this little bear - I'm not sure I've ever drawn a polar bear before!

As tends to be my habit with Colour Collective, I threw these together very quickly, but I think I'd like to take them further one day. They can go in my files for when I have no inspiration and want to rework something. =)

Adobe Photoshop CC2018 on a Wacom Mobile Studio Pro
About 2 hours total

Penguin Delivery

And you thought baby penguins hatched from eggs. 

This is a quick, sketchy piece I did for Colour Collective's 'Gainsboro' prompt. During the week I watched the new Air New Zealand safety video, themed around Antarctica, and they said 'you never see a penguin with an umbrella'. Sentences like that are like a red rag to a bull for a children's illustrator!

So I did a little illustration of two proud penguin parents receiving the delivery of their fuzzy baby chick - parachuted down (presumably from the stork, who I doubt would relish landing in Antarctica) with an umbrella.


Adobe Photoshop CC2018 on a Wacom Mobile Studio Pro - About 2-2.5 hours.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Project: Floral Wreath Stool

As it's the Easter long weekend, I thought I'd take some time to do a project that's been hanging around, undone, for far too long. And then I thought I'd share it around, so read on for a template and mini tutorial!


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