My second children’s book came out earlier this month. It is called “The Halloween House” and is written by Elizabeth Massie and illustrated by me. Here is the cover and a couple of pages.
I will put some more pages up tomorrow.
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Red Riding Hood Picking Flowers
A couple months ago I painted a series of quick studies from Howl’s Moving Castle in Casein, Watercolor and Digital to compare the pluses and minuses of the different mediums.
Casein (first example) behaves like a slightly more forgiving gouache. It dries a lot darker so everything was a lot closer to the right value when they were wet. It has a nice smooth and chalky feel and probably (with a lot more practice) could get the closest to the poster paint of the original. Colors are totally off.
Watercolor (second example) has a lot more texture and I feel much more comfortable using it then casein. It is also harder to control. The clouds came out nice with fun edges but it was really hard getting it closer to the original. I had to settle with making the clouds look cool and not enough like the original. Colors are totally off.
Digital (third example) is the closest to the original and is the most forgiving. I could of gotten it even tighter but I wanted to keep it as a loose study. I did this one last and tried to get the cloud edges a little more painterly. Colors are the closest.
-Study-wise I need to slow down with traditional medium. I do most of my work digitally so I get a little to use to the control-z. My colors and values are off and I need to do swatches to be more accurate.
-What to bring to my professional work- I need to have some more brush strokes and texture in my digital work. I am sometimes too smooth and polished. I have already started working on that. I also need to be mindful of my edges. Sometimes I make everything too sharp.
With watercolor I just need to slow down and leave some more paper spots. I sometimes I try to be too close to my digital style and the painting gets overworked.
With Casein, I am not sure if I will do full scale illustrations with it. I like it and I will do more experiments with it but I need more practice…maybe grayscale next time. :)
Here is my painting process for the Red Riding Hood illustration. I usually work this way with some variation depending on the client. I also went through a long process of getting the drawing just right but I didn’t keep enough of the old sketches to show. The sketching/drawing sometimes takes the longest amount of time. I also use a bunch of wolf, tree, forest, mood and lighting, girl, and poppy reference.
I try not to get too tight with the final drawing. I don’t like it when it feels like I am coloring a grayscale drawing (like coloring and black and white photo). It ends up turning out a little different then the sketch but I have more fun painting.
I also try to keep my layers organized but sometimes the last layer is a touch up everything layer. :)
Also here are some detail shots. I am trying not to be to tight with everything and leave some brush strokes.
Red Riding Hood for fun and to use in my portfolio.
A couple of make-ups for Wizarding Wednesdays that I missed.
Ron and Barf Slugs, and Professor Trelawney
Both Watercolor on paper
Sirius and Buckbeak sketch…..Wheeeee!
For Wizarding Wednesday
Patronus Practice with Harry, Professor Lupin, and a Dementor shaped boggart for Wizarding Wednesday’s topic Dementor.
Thanks!! It takes a lot of practice. :)
Katniss, Peeta, and Gale Sketches for fun.
Yay Hunger Games!