animals, fantasy illustration, Illustrations, kids

Baby Elephant and snail

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This is my first full drawing complete on the Cintiq 24″ drawing tablet drawn and edited at the same time in Photoshop cc.  I am happy that |I was able to complete it.  It just started from a little black ink on white zentangle paper and it went from there.  I had to add the snail for storytelling and the yellow light and green background light look very similar.  But I had to move forward because this little guy only has 2 legs so he is a total fantasy.

This is fun and I am learning every day.  I am using a new very tiny separate keyboard which fits under the tablet and that is also a new learning curve for me.  |It is challenging and learning a new language is always difficult.  But of course, it’s fun too.  The cintiq has its own keyboard but it takes a little time to access it.  Also this keyboard is one I can type in spanish with.  I will have to practice to find all the special digits and strokes.

I can see where this little drawing and this series of drawings can be turned into many treatments.  Here is the original sketch in pen and ink along with other zentangle sketches.  The other drawings are waiting to be edited and turned into colored and finished artworks.  Thanks for looking.

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dogs, horses, cats, fantasy illustration, Illustrations, kids

Two Cats are Best Buddies, version 2

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Here is another version of Two Cats Buds.  This one is done in india ink using a speedball nib and colored in watercolor pencils.  I enjoy playing with doing the same art in many variations.  It is a great treat to be able to enjoy these disciplines.

                                   Here is the version #1

Here is the link to see version #2 on product.

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fantasy illustration, kids, simple photoshop, thoughts behind the work

Mischievous Green Critter

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He was born on a piece of  toned paper, drawn quickly with nu pastels which are a kind of hard pastel sticks.  Very messy.  So he decided to clean up his act and become a 1/2 hand drawn, 1/2 digital critter.  Perfect for him since he never obeyed any rules in the first place.

He works as an undercover green spy and here he is hiding as silly fun.

So as usual, what started out to be a quick little thing, ended up being a project.  That’s ok because it is giving me a chance to use my old Wacom Intuos Pro and improve my photoshop skills,  And I am getting better as saving my png files, using transform tools, brushes and adjustment layers.

Here’s what he looked like when first born….  He needed work obviously but as long as the idea was there, he was a candidate for surgery. ha ha ha

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animals, fantasy illustration, Holidays, Illustrations, kids, Revising Old Work

Dear Santa, a letter from a snow-globe

I designed this image a few years ago and I revised it a little lately, only changing the font.  I want to start building a small collection of my favorite designs I’ve done for the holidays.  I don’t really remember how I did this but looking at it today, it’s pretty cool.  Since I was without a computer for a few years, lots of strange things happened and pieces of my life went up in smoke.   I’m making a collection on this blog of rescued work because these drawings involved were substantial and I believe they are worth saving.

I think it makes a good Christmas card but I also like it on a kids’ t-shirt. check it out.

This is the first time in years that I’ve had more than a minute to catch up and breathe. I can now enjoy my art and I don’t have to put up a fight to allow it to just …be.  I don’t know where all this will lead, but it is helping me adjust to my new life here in Mexico.snowglobe-dearsanta-web

 

fantasy illustration, Holidays, Illustrations, kids

A little girl visits a pumpkin patch

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This little girl is a watercolor and she is on her own in Pumpkinville.  She brought a few miniature jack-o-lanterns with her to the fall party.  She was surprised to see lots of blue cats everywhere.  My goodness, what a creative thinker she is to explore this territory all by herself.

I decided to edit the painting digitally and present it as a circle.  It has an old fashioned quality to me and I thought that there is enough fantasy here to play a little.

Here is the image on products.  

 

alphabet, fantasy illustration, kids, Revising Old Work, simple photoshop, Uncategorized

a b c alphabet letters

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These three little letters were an idea I had a long time ago and I did not forget about them.  I love drawing and sketching little critters and I hope I can get a complete alphabet one day of little marching letters.  When I drew them the sketch had little white feet of some kind and I carried it through here in the photoshop drawing.

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The red and green above are the original ideas which I managed to save from oblivion.
I love the little legs and I think if I can be consistent throughout the alphabet on treatment of this kind of nice flowing design, white feet, treatment on their heads and eyes especially and the thick and thin variety in the black lines, I hope I may actually have something here.  I did do an alphabet a long time ago and here is one letter done in scratchboard and gold.  I can’t find it right now but it will show up.  It was pretty awesome.

Of course, I know I’m going about this in the wrong way because these should be done in vector in AI and to do them as bitmap in photoshop is pretty labor intensive.  But….I wanted to get the idea down why I still remember it.   Also I have lots of brushing up to do in Illustrator and photoshop is right now easier for me.

 

fantasy illustration, Illustrations, Revising Old Work, simple photoshop, step by step, how to, thoughts behind the work

Corn Fairy’s Nightly Run

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What can I say.  I am working hard trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t work in photoshop digital painting.  I’m still getting layers mixed up and even though I am still scrambled eggs about it, I am so happy to have learned a new thingy in this one.  I found an old abstract painting and brought it in as a background and tilted it, blew it up, changed the levels a lot until I got a nice contrast between the background and my sweet fairy.  With that as a positive, the negative is that I feel I lost an opportunity to paint the corn as it should look in moonlight.  The same can be said about miss fairy herself, although I like her weird hair with the red maple leaves all over it.  I won’t do that again  though because I don’t think it worked.  When you add something and it looks added and is not inspiring, it will always be a dead issue and is better off left dead.  But alas, every time I paint one of these, I get a little closer to getting the concept.

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This is the old corn fairy from 2005.  I like the idea but I am surely not there yet. All in all, this is the better work but I will meet the challenge of reviving it.  It is always good to save your work.  It is much more rewarding to revise your own stuff that to just grab something off the web.  I love the corn in this and the corn colors. I also think her skin tones are pretty cool.  I may try this whole thing again at some later date.

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Here is the abstract big watercolor.  I changed so much of it –changed the levels and saturation in photoshop.  See if you can guess which little section of this I used and manipulated.  The original painting is misty and washed out just as it looks here because I washed and tried to scrub out what I had painted a long time ago.  Because I used Arches 140lb. cold press, I could not get it all out.  Now I am so happy about that because I can use this artwork for so many digital applications now.  How cool is that?  The other option is that I could paint over it but I think that would ruin it.  So I will leave it as it is: a hidden treasure.