Working on a new postcard since I haven't sent one out to ADs since winter-ish. Here's the first sketch it all its sketchiness. I've added some photos with comments on my process and the final scan of the painting at the end.
My hand has a tendency to drag to the right, so my initial sketches droop somewhat. When I want something symmetrical, I have to sometimes scan it in and flip it to see where the lopsidedness is. Then I can straighten it out and darken the new line for the transfer to watercolor board.
Transferred to board. Washing in color. These are photos so the white gets lost a little. Colors aren't quite true.
One thing that bothered me about the above painting is the water was too green. I wanted it to be translucent, but the yellow was showing through too much, so I added a more opaque blue over it all.
Tightened up the foreground and filled in background. I changed the color of the little girl's bathing suit so she'd stand out more against all the yellow and blue. I absolutely hated the candy striped barrier behind the candy-striped tents, so I painted over it with acrylic in the next painting and added colorful flags instead.
Below is the final scan, which captures the brush strokes and detail a little better than the above photos. I added some reflections on the yellow wall of the slide and tightened up a few details with the little girl. Photoshop is great for brightening the image and playing with levels so I could get the crisp white light of a summer day. I like the flags so much better because I can see more of the sandy beach behind the tents. There are a few things I might have done differently, but this is okay for now. On to the next painting. :)
So a while back I promised I'd show a step-by-step in a painted commission. This is the day I follow through.
This painting was done for my friend Kim, for her granddaughter's room. It's a storybook illustration of a girl and her dog on an adventure. Of course they brought books, because duh, who doesn't bring all their books on a sea journey?
Just click on the first photo in the gallery below to see my comments on the process. Thanks for checking it out!
And here it is. We were happy with how it turned out, a real collaboration. I was especially pleased with the little girl's face and the water. So glad I took the extra time to practice them both.
And here's a detail. <3 The type and designs on the books were a fun bonus. I'm so glad it all worked out and I didn't spill anything on it! Thanks to my friend Kim for being so patient!
These are so late (like, more than two months) but I haven't updated this part of my site in so long. Here's some proof that I'm drawing sometimes even when I'm not posting about it. Except now I'm posting about it.
Random sketches from our Europe trip: