Saturday, March 28, 2015

good morning

I intended to do this for last week's Illustration Friday topic ruckus, but I didn't finish it in time. No worries because it still works with this weeks theme of outside. Done in gouache, colored pencil and digital

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

it's a small world

I've been going through an "it's a small world" phase. Mary Blair's designs are so awesome. This kind of stemmed from that. Also, a few days ago I got some Col-Erase pencils and I love them. How have I not used them before? I love them for the cool colors (violet!) but mostly because they don't smudge all over my hand which always happens when I'm sketching.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


I am really loving this idea of taking my paintings, scanning them in and playing with them in Photoshop. I like having the texture of the actual painting working with some of the Photoshop effects. For some reason it is so much easier to add highlights, or darken shadow areas on the computer than with my gouache. It feels a little like cheating since I have been an advocate of traditionally done illustrations for so long though.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring

Happy first day of Spring everybody! I spent the last two days digging up earth for a new patio in our backyard. Many good worms were lost. I'm sorry little friends, this one is for you.
This time I added a little more color on top of my painting using Photoshop to brighten things up. I really like how it worked and I plan on using this technique more when needed. I put both up for comparison. The top one is the one I tweaked in Photoshop.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

little piggy

Two posts in one day. Go me!


Practicing some more with the colored pencils and gouache. I'm really liking the textures it makes.

Monday, March 16, 2015


I spent today playing around with some different painting techniques. These were fun and simple to do and I want to play around with it some more. I started all these with a light grey underpainting in gouache. Then I applied colored pencil only to the shadow areas to give them some color and richness, followed by transparent layers of gouache on top. I added more colored pencil and/or gouache until I was happy with the contrasts between light and dark. I really tried to focus on working fast and not overworking the brush strokes.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

purple cat

The purple cat was always my favorite in 'Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?'