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Deer Watercolors

 

 

Hello Friends!

This week I attempted to paint the deer I sketched a couple of weeks ago in watercolors. I used my Prisma watercolor pencils for these.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

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Grass or water? No idea!

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This is another thing I did in my art journal the other day. But now I can’t decide if I want it to be grass or waves on the sand. So you can decide. What do you think it is?

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Explore!

Hello Friends,

Since my mantra word for this year is EXPLORE, I decided to paint the cover of another journal. I may use this one for doodling or even writing since it is a small one with lined paper.

I also decided to paint it in acrylics after I laid masking tape around the whole cover and painted it with Gesso first. I like the way the lines from the tape created texture. Then I drew a small picture outline of the sea turtle onto the cover with a piece of carbon tracing paper. It shows up well and is easy to paint over with acrylics. Lastly, I added my own water and foliage. This was pretty fun!

Since this sea turtle is looking to his left, he is thinking, “Hey! What’s over there? I need to go explore!”  So my spirit animal and I are going to have a year to EXPLORE!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

Spotted Elephant Watercolor

Hello Friends!

Here is my watercolor of the spotted elephant from the Island of Misfit Toys in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” I have never thought of these toys as “misfits,” because they are all unique and just needed to be wanted and loved by a child. And isn’t this what all of us need? To be wanted and needed for who we are?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Dumbo and His Friend, Timothy

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Here is my finished Dumbo and Timothy mouse watercolor painting. I was going to add a light blue sky, but decided not to.

I was actually able to paint it light like I wanted it to be. I may get a red frame to match Timothy’s uniform and bring out the colors more. Or maybe a blue frame. Eventually, anyway.

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😁

 

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Hello Friends!

Now that Folktale Week and Inktober are all done, I am getting back to what I love to do best. Paint turtles! There are so many different kinds that I haven’t attempted yet. So last night I finally sketched this little guy on the rocks with my Inktense pencils. It felt weird because of all the graphite pencil work I’ve been doing lately.

I hope everyone is having a good week. I’m going to town again today to try and get rid of some books at my favorite used books store. Then I am going to check out the new library in Red Bluff. Normally, I only go to Redding for everything. But I met with a couple of ladies there last month to talk picture book stuff, and didn’t have time to browse that day. I will also have to get a new card since they are in a different county.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 

Inktober 2018 – Day #12 – Whale

Hello Friends,

Today’s prompt for Inktober is whale. You may recognize this whale. I did a watercolor/ink drawing of him a long time ago! I love Beluga whales so much! They always look like they are smiling!

So I drew him again but with different colors. I used ink and my Arteza Real Brush Pens.

Now back to resting my shoulder! This didn’t take long at all and the brush pens are super light and easy to use!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂

FINAL, FINAL, FINAL ILLUSTRATIONS!!

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So this is my painting and Chinese ink drawing (which I just did yesterday) for my entry into the Golden Ticket Contest for my illustration class! Whew! The deadline was this morning at 9:00 a.m. to get them to the lady who is stacking them for us! I couldn’t get a little bit of the sidewalk outside cut out of them, but I take my pictures in sunlight and didn’t have much time. I think she can fix that, though.

It’s a Sea Party!

 

Mr. C. Turtle Makes New Friends                                                                                                      

SO! Yesterday was a LONG day. On Friday a friend in our Facebook group for the class told me I got a critique on my first pieces by Claire Easton who is a children’s book agent from Painted Words. Her website is here: http://painted-words.com/represents/about-2/

I couldn’t view the webinar on Friday, because of our crummy internet connection which didn’t reset until yesterday. For some reason I assumed my friend was referring to the painting I posted where the hermit crab’s shell was yellow (which I thought was the one she critiqued and looked better than the crab’s first lavender shell.) However, she was critiquing the one where he had the lavender shell! She said there wasn’t enough contrast between the color of his shell and red body, which I agree! That’s why I changed his shell color to a bright yellow in my second or third revision (I’ve lost count,) but I ended up getting it too dark in this final piece. It is too late to do anything about it now, but I am just thankful for Claire’s critique!

Well, getting back to what I did this time in the painting…I used watercolor instead of the Inktense pencils for the background. I also made other little changes, too, adding detail to the sea turtles which she suggested in the critique.  She also said my characters were fun and the scene was energetic. And she complimented my composition. That really encouraged me!!!

This morning I went to check out her website and was surprised to see that another person who has stepped up to become an agent as well, is an author/illustrator whose class I did online a few years ago at Craftsy.com!! Her name is Shadra Strickland and taking her class online is what sparked my interest in writing and illustrating children’s books in the first place! She’s awesome! You can check out her Craftsy class here: https://www.craftsy.com/drawing/classes/the-art-of-the-picture-book

And again, getting back to this revision, Friday night I spent the evening redrawing the composition onto my heavier watercolor paper which also made a huge difference. Then Saturday I began working on the painting around 9 or 10 a.m. and finished it and the ink drawing around 10:00 p.m. last night! And amazingly, because I got up frequently and did some stretches, I am not in pain today! I still can’t believe it. I really enjoyed the process.

I feel like I have learned a lot from this class. The instructors are super encouraging and kind. I still have a lot of material that they posted in the Bonus 6th week that I haven’t had a chance to even read yet. I watched a couple of the interview videos, but I am glad we have 6 months of access to all of the materials, because I want to go through it again SLOWLY!!

I plan on getting back to doing as much of the Inktober ink sketches as I can. I will be going through a free Photoshop course at the Children’s Book Academy soon which was a free bonus given to me when I signed up for the illustrator course. A different instructor has posted tons of videos teaching how to use it. It is very different than the program I had years ago. I plan to wait a week or two (if I can) before going back to that. I really need a break but am so excited about all of this! So that is all for now, my friends!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂

The Final Piece

 

 

Hello Friends!

Well, this is the new piece and my FINAL FINAL color piece for the Golden Ticket contest in my class. It is a little bit photo enhanced, and if you saw my last post, you know I changed it some. I added my little fuchsia fish back into the composition. I also made the top dark instead of light because I wanted to give it the affect of them being at the bottom of the sea where it can sometimes be brighter which means the top of the water would be darker. I still didn’t get it how I wanted it, but I have to have it in by Friday, and I haven’t started on the second piece yet!

I think I am just going to do a black and white drawing with ink for that one which is an option. I plan to also make it much simpler with lots of white space which our instructor loves in picture books.

Yesterday I got another massage which helped a lot!! And I scheduled my next one for the first week of November. If I am going to keep doing this kind of work, they are going to be a necessity! My arm isn’t bothering me at all; it’s mostly my lower back, but I am going to sit for awhile now and work out a composition with pencil that I can go over in ink for the second piece of this final work.

I hope everyone is having a great week! It feels like it should be Friday already. I’m not used to working full-time! Ha, ha!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂

Mr. C. Turtle & Friends – Different Layout Idea

Hello Friends,

Well, last night I decided to quickly sketch a different layout with my Inktense pencils for my piece. So what do you think of this one…

compared to the first one…in terms of colors, design, etc. I would really appreciate anyone’s input! Thanks! (My shoulder is feeling much better!)  I really want to finish for this contest. 😉

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂

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