The flowers are just beginning to show themselves here popping up through the ground in the port city of Saint John. For me this is generally a very happy time of year where most of the drawings and illustrations that I completed during Wintertime are scanned and turned into prints and paper goods. Continue reading →
I finally finished painting those balls I began earlier. Five are going as Christmas gifts to friends and family. I am keeping one for myself and I’m also doing a trade with the uber talented Shayla Maddox for one of her hand painted balls.
And I’m aware that the sound is not the greatest in this video. Blame it on the giant pimple!
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Hope you’ll all enter the end of year art giveaway worth $165 of handmade by me goods!
Something happened over the last month and my handpainted boxes began selling on Etsy. This makes me smile as I love painting little boxes to hold your precious items in.
I’m setting up a painting station in the living room directly between the sunroom to the right and studio on the left just beside the bookshelf. I need an area that can get messy with needing to be cleaned up.
Although, I have a large studio every inch of it is used for something other than messy creative work. I have the computer desk for the 27″ iMac; the printing table with two printers, the drafting table which is used as my cutting and packaging area, all of which can not have water, paint or bits of paper, sandpaper, wood, dust or paintbrushes hanging around on their surfaces.
So, I’m expanding into the living room today and I’ll be painting directly underneath an illustration I created years ago entitled:
The Old Men in the Tree
who’ll grant you a wish…
Each miniature original was drawn with india ink, pilot pens and opaque white ink on various acid free card stock and are available in the Original Art/Aceo Section of the shop.
Keep an eye out for much larger 10 to 19 inch prints in the shop. They ARE coming soon! Because my miniatures are very detailed in nature I can scan them at obscenely high resolutions and am able to print them out at much larger sizes all the while retaining that detail. And so many of you have been requesting larger sizes… hang tight. They are on their way very soon. Likely in May xo
I love Spring. Life in general seems easier. No more snow to shovel. It’s finally melting by the way. Trees begin to blossom and flourish giving birth to new ideas, adventures and it all just makes me happy.
Each original Pussy Willow drawing was created with india ink, sepia hued ink and opaque white ink on various cardstock that I house in the studio.
It’s amazing how using the same technique and colours on various papers yields a different effect and result each time.
Each can be found and purchased in print format and also a few of the original drawings are still available for purchase in my Art Shop. Simply do a search for “Pussy Willow” once there to bring up the both the originals and prints.
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 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.
•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.
While the sun was setting over the city, it’s beams shone through the cloud cover lighting the backyard tress on fire. With camera in hand taking pictures of the many glistening trees facing West I was mesmerized by the red’s, oranges and yellows on this grey winter’s day. It turned the sky an awesome deep hued ultramarine blue.