Friday, February 28, 2014

lobster

Here is a page from that little story idea I had. I changed the design of the character to look younger. I'm not sure if I like it, I think I need to play around with it a little more.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

little duck

Here is a watercolor painting for my children's illustration portfolio I did this morning.



I thought I would show the evolution of this painting. I started out just playing around with idea sketches in photoshop until I came upon an idea I liked.


From here I made a small thumbnail, just an inch or so big. I am only focusing on the design of the page and the composition and placement of the images. Obviously one inch is too small for any detail work and that is the point.


From here I scanned in the thumbnail and enlarged it to 5x6 inches, still working quite small. I lowered the opacity and printed it out. I then drew on top of the print out to make my cleaned up sketch.


After I was happy with my sketch, I scanned it in and enlarged it to 8x10. I then printed it out and used carbon paper to trace my sketch onto the watercolor paper. 







Sunday, February 23, 2014

birds

I got a new sketchbook today and I've been filling pages and pages up with birds. Here are a few I colored in watercolor.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

sketches

Just some quick silly sketches.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Alice

Some fun Alice in Wonderland ideas in watercolor.





Thursday, February 20, 2014

Anabelle

I have this idea for a children's book story and who knows how far I will take it, but I will be illustrating some pages for it in the next few weeks. Here is the main character, Anabelle. It is a very simple story about a girl wondering what kind of job she will have when she grows up and imagining herself in those roles.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Tricks and Treats

These are illustrations for a Halloween story idea I was playing around with. They are done in gouache on illustration board.








Vampi

Why is it that sexy girls are always the most fun to draw. Here is one of my favorite bad girls, Vampirella. I had so much fun with this one, I think I have to paint more of my all time favorite 'bad girls'. Also this painting was the first time I used 300lb watercolor paper as opposed to 140lb, and the difference was amazing. I will be using 300lb paper from now on.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Tigerlily

Here is a portrait I did of Yvette dressed as Tigerlily. I had planned on doing portraits of characters from Peter Pan but this is the only one I've done so far and I've since abandoned the idea.



And here are some recent still lifes I did just for practice.








Saturday, February 15, 2014

Hi. . . Remember Me?

So how do I explain away a year and a half absence from my poor deserted blog? . . . I don't, there is no excuse so I am just going to pretend it never happened and jump right back in. So, every valentine's day I do an illustration for my daughter (now four years old) and this is what I painted for her yesterday. I named her Rosie. I painted her in watercolor, which I am just starting to get into and I am loving it.





Also, in the interest of expanding my painting styles, I did this digital illustration this week too. I definitely prefer traditional mediums and getting my hands on actual paintbrushes but this was fun and I think I'll play around with digital work some more. 



I will have lots more posts coming up so please stay tuned, I have a lot to catch up on.