flora and fauna, Illustrations, interior design

Love ribbon with flowers

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Here is another zentangle from my collection of pen and ink little drawings that I am digitally drawing and painting to finish them ON THE WACOM.  This one was a real experience because I guess it’s a shock to experience the vivid and true color on the cintiq tablet and  see the paler version  on the internet.  On the web the colors look pale to me.

 

 

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To say the least I spent many hours on this and I worked it through and reworked it trying to learn how I could have done it easier.

 

animals, dogs, horses, cats, Illustrations

2 cats, best buddies, version 3

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Here is the 3rd and most likely the last version of the 2 cats, best buddies. I have been dreaming about doing charcoal.  This one is on watercolor paper and it had too many peaks and valleys in the texture to be good for vine charcoal.  I now have a charcoal pad and I will be playing more with the medium.

So here are the 3 altogether.  I think it is fascinating to draw and paint the same subject from different points of view.  The background of course was made up on the spot and I got a kick out of doing it.  I love the moon as you can probably tell.  It’s in so much of my art.feline-buddies-web

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Here is the charcoal version on a bed blanket

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, Illustrations, thoughts behind the work

Zebra in graphite

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This zebra is one of many I have drawn.  I love their patterns.  This one is just simple woodless graphite pencil on watercolor paper.  His stripes and the foliage in his surroundings just blend together to create another dimension in drawing.

The pencil is Pentalic Woodless Pencil by M.Grumbacher (w.Germany) and it’s a 6B.  I  love it.  If you have not drawn with this pencil, you are missing out on a great experience.  I have had my collection of these pencils for 30+ years so I don’t know if they still make them.

I loaded this artwork onto a new FB art group.  It was an instant hit and it just goes to show you that you never know who is watching you on social media.

Here he is on my Red Bubble site

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.