We’ve all seen this. It’s not really a fight but more of a stand-off. The big guy walks around with a shadow of his former self on his back. See his alter ego white cat with the green eyes and reverse calico markings on his back. Just in case you didn’t guess, he’s just a gentle soul because he also has a butterfly on his head. Fun. This one will definitely appear in my small picture book series. Number 1 on friendship is complete, number 2 in process…it’s about lunch. what? yup. Just fun stuff.
I am very happy with this drawing. Maybe things are falling into place with this effort. The leaves are a watercolor that I scanned and brought into photoshop. The cats were added in layers in line art and colored in. Everything was done after that on my tablet. Hey, I only crashed Ps once, and I think that’s because I got distracted with a visitor and had a feeling it would happen. I was away too long and by the time I hit save, I knew it was too late. But I did not lose too much as I just had to paint in more of the pale turquoise leaves. This happened once before for the same reason. my fault. ALSO, as time goes on I will learn how to manage things better and make smaller files. I am getting more and more comfortable working with text.
This is kind of new territory for me and it’s really been fun. Here is the drawing on products. and boy this product line is getting bigger every day. what fun!
Let me know what you think about this dear readers. I would love feedback. I am getting closer to my goal.
This is a young girl I knew in California as a very talented and hard working young trainer. I did this watercolor of her with an underpainting in soft pink tones. She is resurrected here. Enjoy.
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When the farrier comes to the ranch, it’s a happy day. This watercolor tells the story of one such hard working shoer who tends to his horses and does the job well. The horses like the attention and very often, they seem to feel better with a nice trim. The owners are happy because it’s the healthy thing to do and they know they are fending off problems with their animals and keeping them healthy and happy.
Drawing and painting horses and complete story-telling scenes is a lifelong challenge. Whenever I do one, it feels good but at the same time it makes me a little tired. Painting single images, like an apple or a tree is an exercise I view as a quick challenge to get the information down with feeling and as quickly as possible. After it is done, I always ask myself, “was this a clear image?” “could I have done this better, and was it worth the effort, etc. etc. Well, I think there is a little conclusion to this that makes sense to me and it’s this: I think storytelling images need to be big. I don’t think they read well when they are small and intimate. Well, onward and I won’t belabor it.
When the farrier comes it’s a happy day. Horses are happy because they get a nice trim and love the attention. Horse owners are happy because all the problems will be taken care of and it feels so good to have a nice trim. The farrier is happy because he gets paid. It’s a win-win for everybody.
This is a watercolor that I did partly from a photo and partly from life. Painting horses is always a challenge but it’s also rewarding.
Here’s the work in my online store.