I enjoyed using these bright sunny colors! I’ve got spring fever, and I’ve got it bad!
6″x6″ Acrylic on Canvas, painted around a 1″ edge.
When I had a rose garden I was intrigued by how they opened. I haven’t been able to keep them alive through the winter in the colder climate we live in now, at least not the Hybrid Tea Roses I like the best.
I want to try this again, and apply the colors more separately. The palette knife is new to me, but I’m learning and having fun!
6″x6″ Acrylic on Canvas, painted around the 1″ edge.
Now that the picture book project is behind me, I have time for life drawing again, and to spend time with my art buddies. We meet weekly, it is one of the best learning experiences I’ve had.
I liked this pose, I would like to try it again, from another angle, possibly the back.
19.5″x 12.5″ hard pastel on beige pastel paper
I finished the last of the 28 pages of illustrations today! This is a rendering of the school as it will look, and with traditional dancers celebrating in front. The picture book “David’s Journey”, by David Jal was created to raise funds to build a school in his village in South Sudan. I am celebrating too!
Ultimately illustration done by traditional media has to scanned into the digital realm. Some media scans better than others. Generally a flat surface is better than shinny. Watercolor scan and Gouache are excellent. Soft and hard pastels scan well, although in my experience the tooth of the paper is more visible under the scanner, and changes the appearance. Another negative is the delicate surface, it’s easily damaged.
This is why I chose oil pastel, it’s flat and scans well as shown here. The surface is very durable, and can be touched without damage. It can be harder to work with, but with experience it creates wonderful textures. I am very pleased with the scanning.
“Walking to Ethiopia” illustration from “David’s Journey, A Lost By of Sudan.”
29×12″ Oil Pastel; on Pastel Paper
Another illustration with many people in it. I was happy though that I got it all done this week, because I need to get keep this pace to finish before my deadline. I enjoyed making these trees. They’re so gigantic but seem small without a point of reference.