animals, dogs, horses, cats, Illustrations, kids, simple photoshop, thoughts behind the work, whimsy

I need to find me a cat, design

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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.

animals, Illustrations, scratchboard drawing

Silver Tiger Engraving

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This is a scratchboard engraving drawing on silver paper.  I have gone back and made some changes on the Cintiq.  I sure am having fun on the cintiq  and there are so many possibilities. It’s exciting to realize I am in my infancy here with this drawing tool..  What great things to look forward to.

Here it is in my online store: 

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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animals, dogs, horses, cats, Illustrations, Pen and Ink Drawing

2 cats are “best buds”, version 1

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My lovely friend Marta took a picture of 2 cats at the cat shelter here in Mexico, where she volunteers.  They have a lot of kittens, and cats and sr. citizen cats.  I drew these two and got carried away with the stripes and lines.   I fell in love with them and this is the first of a few treatments of these two sweethearts.  I drew them freehand in pen and ink and played a little bit in photoshop.  I will do another few paintings of them and let’s see how they will turn out.

What I love is their little body language.   Here they are on a big zipper pouch.

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.  

 

dogs, horses, cats, fantasy illustration, Illustrations, kids, simple photoshop, step by step, how to, thoughts behind the work

My Orchid Kitty

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This kitty is covered in orchids.  I had orchids sitting in front of me from my patio garden  and I drew the simple outline of kitty, added wings, a little bird and some fun and not so ordinary color palette.  Then I drew abstract fragments of the flowers on his body.  The little bird ended up having one of his wings looking like another bird facing in the opposite direction. a perk from heaven.

The font is Gigi.  I got the color just by going down a few shades darker than the orchid flower on the color wheel.  The whole drawing was done in photoshop with a few simple brushes.  lots of layers: orig. scanned art, outline, coloring, text, and a white layer in there to be able to see what it finally                                                                                            would look like.

I love getting comments.  Let me know what you think: either about this revision series or any comments on the art are appreciated.

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animals, dogs, horses, cats, fantasy illustration, Illustrations, simple photoshop, thoughts behind the work

Dude…2 cats in a love conversation

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A Big cat and little cat are having a love conversation. The big cat has camouflage artwork on his body and the little cat is making big body language. Who is talking to who? Who loves who?   It could go either way, so have fun with this.
Since I seem to be in my retro mood for the past few weeks, this was a small sketch in one of my many sketchbooks.  I always refer to my sketchbooks, whether the sketches are good or not.  The important thing is that you get the information down. Usually, the first sketch is the best one because that carries the message across in the strongest and most immediate way.  You can always tweet the drawing a little bit and get it to fit into what you want now.  This drawing was a little different because I kept it very raw and did not polish it up at all.

I scanned it and made sure I put it on a large white background leaving a lot of space to make room for a big text area.  I just made a mask and gave it a transparent background and then painted the cats some and with the direct selection tool, filled areas with different shades of black, greys and whites. I know there are artifacts all over the place but I am moving ahead and will repair the image later.  I hope this does not bother people too much.

this is how it looks on products: Dude-web