Tag Archives: Illustration

Mother’s Day Postcard Design 2017

I sketched this design after my son was born and was going to make him a poster or some artwork to hang in his room (I haven’t gotten around to it yet).

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, I was going through my sketchbooks trying to come up with ideas and inspiration for a postcard.  I looked at this design and knew it would be perfect.  As far as I know, my Mom and my husband’s Mom do not follow my blog, so the card should still be a lovely surprise in the mail.  If they do see this…”Hi Mom’s!  You should be getting your postcards by early next week.”

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I cut out cardstock stencils (as seen in the picture below) to use as a templates for all elements of the card except for the lettering.  I should mention that the typography is called “Just Kidding” by Brittney Murphy Designs and is the only part of the card I didn’t design myself.

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I am storing all the stencils away in a Ziploc bag just in case I need them at a later date.

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Here are the final cards.  I think they are adorable, and hope the Moms like them as well.

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The Fieldhouse: Acrylic Ink

Below is the final image for my rural scenery drawing of the fieldhouse and skatepark in Langdon, Alberta.

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I am thrilled to have finished it in time for my first art show since high school (Art on the Boardwalk Show: Langdon Alberta) this weekend.  Whether good or bad, I am looking forward to some feedback on the pieces I have selected for the show.

A Series of Selfies

I chuckle at the amount of selfies some people post on Facebook and Instagram.  I graduated high school in 2006 and Facebook was just starting to become popular; Instagram wasn’t even a thing until 4 years later.

However, if the amount of self portraits I did is indicative of how many selfies I would have taken, had the technology been available…well let me just say, I should not judge.

Look at all these “selfies” from my former years.

Sketches from 2008

While perusing some old artwork I came across these gems.

They were all completed in an inexpensive dollar-store mid-tone sketchbook which I can only imagine became disheveled and is long gone.

These pieces, which I must have liked at the time (and still do) were tucked away for safe keeping.  They appear to be done in a combination of ink, coloured pencil and watercolour and were all completed en plein air at my parent’s farm in the Interlake region of Manitoba; except for the one with the elf-like creature having a smoke.  I have no idea where the inspiration for that one came about.

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Re-vamped owl

The picture below is a coloured pencil drawing I completed in 2016.  I was very happy with the drawing at the time, but as I worked more and more with coloured pencil, I began to notice that I wasn’t getting the saturation and deep contrasts that I wanted.

It may be due to the type of coloured pencil I am using;  I have only worked with the Derwent Coloursoft. In retrospect, it is more likely that I am laying the black down over too many layers and thus not getting it as dark as I would like.

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I sprayed some workable fixative on the paper and tried to darken the blacks.  It helped a little bit, but didn’t make as drastic a difference as I had hoped.  I then decided to experiment with markers and oil pastels on top of the coloured pencil.  The result is below.

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I am much more happy with the results (for now anyways).  I may go back once more and clean up the background and some of the feather details.

Which one do you like better?  The softer, muted tones of the first picture, or the more vibrant colours of the second picture?

Materials used:

  • Strathmore Mixed Media paper
  • Derwent coloursoft coloured pencils
  • Grumbacher Oil Pastels
  • Prismacolour Premier Brush tip marker – black
  • Spectrafix Degas Pastel Fixative (not over the marker; because it will cause the marker to bleed very, very, very badly.  I am glad I did a text spray on scrap paper before spraying the final piece.  It would have been a streaky, blurry mess.)

 

Crossroads in the Autumn

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I love working with coloured pencils.  I love the rich colours.  I love that there are no odours as I am very sensitive to them and get headaches from them.  And above all,  I love not having to clean brushes.  I hate cleaning brushes.

Last fall, I took a bunch of photographs and decided to start some illustrations.

Here is my reference photo:

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“Crossroads in the Autumn” reference photo.

I drew an outline of the photo (freehand) and began working on the sky.  I outlined the illustration using a size 05 brown Micron pen and then used Derwent Coloursoft (tin of 26) for the rest of the project.

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Outlined with the Micron pen and starting in with the coloured pencil.

Towards the end, I began to run out of tooth on the paper.  The pencil, kicked and screamed, threw a huge tantrum and refused to lay down on the paper!  Fortunately, I had recently watched a Lahri Fine Art video on YouTube and Lisa Clough (“the artist behind Lachri Fine Art) used a texture fixative to “add more tooth” to the paper.

I remembered that I had bought a fixative a long time ago when I first started to dabble with pastels.  I grabbed it from the back of a shelf. Sure enough it was a workable fixative and just what I needed.  I tested it out and was amazed how much more life it gave to the paper.  I was worried that it would ruin the paper, or alter the colours or streak or clump or otherwise ruin the illustration; it didn’t.  It is my new favorite art supply.

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I love when I find uses for long lost items in my stash.  Hip Hip Hurray for hoarding.

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