Monthly Archives: February 2009

George deserves a proper introduction

This is George.

George the pretty fish by artist Jessica Doyle

He was created with ink on flecked grey and taupe Ingris paper. The original drawing measures 5×7 inches / 17,7cm by 12,6cm.

He’s the pretty fish who swims the sea’s with Milton, spotted Eddie, Francis, Annabelle and Emily.

And he’s got a great tail!

George's pretty fish tail by artist Jessica Doyle

George is available in three sizes:

• Mini George ACEO Limited Edition (2.5 x 3.5 inch / 6,4cm by 8,9cm)
• Small George as a 5 x 7 inch print (17,7cm by 12,6cm)
• Big George as a 8.5 x 11 inch print (27,9cm by 21,6cm)

Framing and Matting is also available in the shop :)

Hope you like him!
xo

Just Imagine touching the Intangible

Just Imagine touching the intangible by illustrator Jessica Doyle

You can’t say that you don’t crave escape from the every day, the mundane, the mediocre lifestyle that is your life (at times). We all get those moments where we want to plunge into another reality, someone else’s life perhaps, another world where things make sense and you are not left wondering why; things are the way they are.

In other lifetime’s we experience impossibilities; things that are considered strange to the ordinary person; maybe even deviant.

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Valentine’s Day Remix Edition – Top 10 Love List

Over the years I’ve published numerous posts and artwork related to love, hearts and Valentines along with the broken, sad and less spoken about kind to.

Love is wonderful and giddy

1. Happy Valentine’s Day

Love feels sad yet hopeful

2. For Uma in New York and Rick in Fredericton

Love draws little swirls of joy

3. This flamboyant heart says Happy Valentin’s Day!

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How I Created Evolution – A Five Step Process

It’s not often that I’ll share my process with you on how I create an illustration from beginning to end for a few reasons. Namely, it’s uber difficult when hit with inspiration to stop what you are working on and scan that in or take photos of it in equally timed steps. Two, it’s apparent that one runs the risk of being copied and I’m not talking about being inspired or learning from another artists work. Where would any artist be without being inspired! Three, I’m shy.

So, here I am revealing to you how I created this whimsical illustration aptly entitled Evolution.

Step 1 – Ink on paper

Using Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens I drew the mandala shape freehand on Strathmore flower petal paper. I do not draw in pencil first and then ink over top. I eliminated that step a while back. I tend to use the Brush (B) tip to draw the illustration with and refine it with both the Fine (F) tip and Small (S) tip artist pens.

Update – And thanks to Lorrie who asked “how big is it?” Final finished size is 8×8 inches / 20,3cm by 20,3cm.

Step 2 – Watercolour on ink

By painting a thin wash of watercolour within the petals and varying shapes I created the underpainting of the illustration. I paint using Windsor & Newton Watercolour with a #8 long handled Deserres Turquoise Brush.

Step 3 – Coloured pencil

After the watercolour dried I highlighted and shadowed the mandala with Prismacolor Verithin Coloured Pencils. The image is beginning to pop now!

Step 4 – Ink details and coloured pencil refinement

I added the central stamens using a white opaque Pilot pen and added highlights with minuscule little dots to the ocher green watercolour. These pens are great and will remain opaque on most darker surfaces. And I added green ocher ink to the outer perimeter of the mandala.

Step 5 – Final

Drawing feathery wisps using a pretty pink Pilot pen I finished the outer perimeter of the Mandala and added a similar shade of pink with coloured pencil to create the illusion of melon… Well, that’s what I’ll call it. Melon.

Materials Used

•Prismacolour Colored pencils
•Windsor and Newton Watercolour
•Faber Castel Pitt Artist Pens
•Pilot Hi-tec C Pens

I welcome your feedback and hope you enjoyed learning about my creative process. Please feel free to share this post and/or link to any of your creative process blog posts within the comments below.

The original Evolution illustration is for sale in the shop and is also available a limited edition archival print.

Smelting Self Confidence

I walked into the kitchen to wash my hands and met a ghastly hilarious sink filled with smelt. It took me by surprise. I stepped back, laughed and walked to the bathroom to wash there instead.

My uncle had been ice fishing for smelt and Mom was thawing out the frozen fish for cleaning, then cooking.

Later that night (last night) I attended a party at my brother‘s place. I was holding onto optimism that sales would increase this coming week and decided to leave my laptop, business and ideas at home so that I could relax, have a few drinks and hang out with great people, some of whom, I’ve known since early childhood.

A few hours into the party I secured a small design contract and a babysitting job.

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