Parrot Illustration work in progress

December 04, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Here is something that I've been working on. 

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This started with a really rough colored pencil sketch just to put an idea down on paper. 

I wanted a waterfall, mountains in the distance and a tropical landscape. From my rough sketch for blocking, I start filling in the details, using Corel Painter and a Microsoft SurfaceBook Pro. This digital tool and wacom stylus pen, feels the most natural to me. I painted it for a long time to reach the point where it reads "underpainting" up above. I have to say, that I did all the initial drawing from my minds eye, meaning I did not use any reference photographs for proportions or anything. I enjoy working on drawings from my mind's eye, however sooner or later the art piece reaches a point wher eI can look at it more critically. Once I'm done playing with "paint" - Its digital acrylic paint. This is a relatively new process because I literally have a storage shed full of old canvas and paper drawings, at this point i my life if I don't need to store "stuff" its good. This is why I really appreciate working in digital media. 

Next, I bring the painted image into Photoshop. Here is where it turns into more of a hybrid process. Sometimes, I simply cut up photographs and use them instead of a drawing, or overlay portions of photographic imagery in order to get proper texture and depth onto an illustrative block of color. For the birds, I hand-painted a few feathers and then was able to duplicate and transform each of the feathers into position. It was at this point that I pulled up a reference photograph of real birds so I could make my parrots look more realistic. The bird began to take on a new appearance, despite that I had spent hours making the underpainting bird, its proportions were not entirely accurate. 

At some point, I decided that the small bird in the middle was too distracting to keep in the final image, but then realized I still visually wanted something there, so I settled on some bright pink stargazer florals to draw the eye.

I'm still playing around with this image, but it has come much closer to completion than it was with my initial pencil sketch. 

 

It's been raining & raining in the Pacific Northwest, which means I have been working on creating a happy, tropical paradise image involving flying parrots. You can see the progression on this piece, from the initial-colored pencil sketch to the color blocking and the final much closer to finished image at the top. This one is a combo of watercolor pencil, digital stylus pen on a Microsoft SurfaceBook using Corel Painter & then all the finishing and texturizing done in Adobe Photoshop. In the end, its a mix of digital paint, drawing & photographs blended together.. #adobephotoshop #painter #sketching #sketchbook #illustrationartists
 

 

 


Secret Worlds Library illustration work in process

December 04, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Some recent work in progress: 

Something fun I've been working on for a literacy project, called Secret World of Reading ... (This is not yet complete, but it started with a line drawing in Adobe Illustrator using 2-point perspective, then progressed to a Charcoal value drawing in Corel Painter, Now I'm in the acrylic painting phase (in Corel Painter) and adding in Photographic textures in layers using Adobe Photoshop.. Hoping this will be done soon. Painting using a Microsoft Surface Laptop and Pen is a lovely experience for any artist, especially this one! #adobeillustrator #microsoftsurface #kidlitartist #puzzles #illustration #illustrators
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lion_progress

January 16, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

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Been working on this lion paradise in the shape of a lion for a while.. I've lost count of how many lions, how many layers at this point.. Each and every single element you see in this image is a separate photograph from my Nikon, on a separate layer.. The face of the main lion is made of four different composite images I took of the lion.   The lion at the San Francisco Zoo, is the one who is the grand inspiration for this!

Almost done! 

 


Butterfly_Cloud_Castle

March 05, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

In a lsot and faraway land, which exists only in storybooks there lies a magical castle accessible only to those who can fly far above the clouds....

 


at last.. My sandcastle is complete.... (for now)

February 18, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I'm happy that my Sandcastle image is finally complete! For several weeks I've been putting in several hours a day in the early morning hours to add in brushstroke by brushstroke of the tiniest detail in this castle... I ended up with two versions.. One in the daytime, and one at sunset... from two different photographs of some beach views I like to photograph ..

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