Elephant in Mixed Media
Here is my “Happy Birthday Elephant”! He is patiently posing so his mom can take his picture. But the only thing on his mind is opening his presents! 😉
I had fun drawing and designing this piece. I drew the elephant in pencil in a sketchbook until I got him the way I wanted him to look. Then I transferred him onto a piece of hot press watercolor paper. It is almost like poster board, but a little thinner. Again, I debated about using watercolors, but I decided on acrylics. I didn’t use tissue paper like I did with the giraffe, though.
Once I had him transferred, I stuck the banner on at the top and placed the balloon where I wanted it. (These are from some sheets of big stickers for poster board that I found at the dollar store!)
Next I sketched out on tissue paper how I wanted the presents to look by placing it on top of my original elephant sketch to get it positioned where I wanted it before transferring it to my drawing. Then I added the rug and used a Crayola crayon to color it. Originally, I was going to color all of it in crayon but decided against it.
After everything was transferred I decided on my teal color for him. Then since the ballon is red, I made his bows and one of his presents red, too. This is to balance out the use of red. Red is a color many artists don’t like to use, because the eye of the viewer is usually attracted to it first. But since I made his bows red, my eye goes to his face first.
I almost used a thicker pen to outline everything except the banner and ballon but decided against it. Sometimes I think outlining it too thickly destracts the eye from my main subject.
Also, I purposely left the background white so it would have a more illustrative look. I tend to love illustrations with lots of white space. This was lots of fun!!
Have a wonderful day! 😀