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Sneak peek at the soon to be published children’s book illustrations and my living room

Sometimes the creative work overflows into the living room from the studio and onto the floor on top of a carpet my mom hooked in the early seventies. I love lying down or sitting on the floor surrounded by inks, papers, glues and best of a all a children’s story entitled Something & Nothing, propped up against Missy’s antique cat sleeping basket for easy reference.

The story is written by Amanda Lenker whom I met on Etsy. She was one of my customers. Her mom is also a customer of mine and carries my line of miniature greeting cards in her gift boutique located in Florida. And Something & Nothing is a wonderful story of hope and friendship. Amanda sent me the story asking me if I’d be interested in collaborating, I read it and wrote back YES!

The illustrations are a combination of drawing with pencil, collage, ink, watercolour and colored pencil. Each one is a little world onto itself.

Below are illustrations one to three in the early collage and inking stage.

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And a close-up of the third illustration.

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There are seven illustrations in total which are almost complete and that I’ll share with you very soon. So happy!

Hope you are all enjoying your day today!

OLDisNEW Thursday – Vintage Road Signs

I love old paper and have been known to take apart a book or two to get at certain sections contained within that book to use as an art supply in collage or to draw upon. There are 13 actual pages from the Civics and Government section printed in the first edition Readers Digest Great Encyclopaedic Dictionary printed in 1965.

These are NOT reproduction pages.

  • 5 7/8″ by 9″ or 14.8cm by 22.9cm
  • 13 full pages printed on both sides
  • Many illustrations
  • Civics and Government terms in alphabetical order with descriptions

You can find the Roads Signs paper in the shop.

Knowledge no.1 & no.2 – Exploring the Traditional and Digital Mediums

Last year I was fortunate enough to acquire two printers. Since then, the task of scanning and digitizing my original artwork has consumed much of my waking hours. Each original needs to be scanned at a minimum of 300dpi. I scan at 800 to 1200dpi to achieve maximum quality. If you scan at a higher resolution you can also enlarge the final output of the piece without losing detail. But if you only scan at 300dpi you can’t enlarge it without losing quality. ‘Tis the way with raster based art.

close-up of Knowledge no.1 - original collage illustration by artist Jessica Doyle

Continuing from the last post

This brings me to the prints being produced using this new technology; new to me anyways. In the past I scanned in artwork and coloured that artwork in Adobe Photoshop or redrew it in Adobe Illustrator if it was perhaps a black ink drawing on white paper for producing a final print. Or, I scanned in the artwork and printed it so that it appeared identical to the original watercolour or acrylic painting.

close-up of Knowledge no.1 - original collage illustration by artist Jessica Doyle

I’ve got these stacks of prints you know. And I’d never actually done anything with them except print, trim, title, sign, date, number if it was a limited edition, package and ship off.

Knowledge no.2 - original collage illustration by artist Jessica Doyle

I do plan on producing Limited Edition hand embellished and coloured prints that are on watercolour paper using a few of the many black ink drawings I’ve rendered over the years.

But I’d never actually drawn on a print to make it an original illustration or collage. NEVER. These are the first two. There are more to come… I’ve been busy! Woot! :)

close-up of Knowledge no.2 - original collage illustration by artist Jessica Doyle

Knowledge no.1 and Knowledge no.2 explore both traditional and ancient ways of acquiring knowledge. Part of the process to create these two collages was to use two prints as the basis from the Mushrooms (Pastel Edition) series.

close-up of Knowledge no.2 - original collage illustration by artist Jessica Doyle

Materials

  1. Ledger paper for it’s numerical use in business. Numbers are a universal language.
  2. Moleskine insert paper for their illustrations of books and it’s universal acceptance from artists as a premium surface to draw upon.
  3. Yellow acid free Manilla paper for peace
  4. Grey acid and lignon free Canson paper for it’s superior cotton quality and calming effect
  5. Mushroom prints for their ancient pathway to gather and understand the world around us.
  6. Original Tree ink drawings for growth. These little drawings began as ACEO‘s. I cut them out đŸ˜‰
  7. Micron Pens and Faber Castell Pitt Artists pens
  8. Archival glue for assembly
  9. And a few very sharp knives to cut it all out with.

Final Size of each collage is 8×8 inches / 20,3cm by 20,3cm.

Both original collages are available in the original art section of the shop.

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Lopsided Pearls

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Size – 8″ by 10″

This is an original creation drawn with a Pilot Gtec C4 Pen and painted with Windsor and Newton Watercolor. The collage paper is Acid free Ingris and Manila.

Much of my art is available in my Etsy Shop. Please see my Blog’s about page for the details.

Thank you.

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Artist Tip #6 – Why you should save your used Christmas wrapping paper

Artist Tip #6 – Why you should save your used Christmas wrapping paper

The obvious reason is to re-use the larger pieces next year when wrapping your 2008 Christmas gifts. And rather than throwing the smaller pieces out with the trash, consider them for creative collage purposes or as fire starter in your wood stove, furnace or fireplace if you happen to live in a colder winter climate as I do. It is already shredded and balled up ready for use.

Next weeks tip – What do you do with that dormant artwork piled in your closet?

Last Week’s Tip

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