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Red Riding Hood Picking Flowers
©Felicia Cano

Red Riding Hood Picking Flowers

©Felicia Cano

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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.
Conclusions
-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. :)

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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.
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Red Riding Hood for fun and to use in my portfolio.

Digital

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A couple of make-ups for Wizarding Wednesdays that I missed.

Ron and Barf Slugs, and Professor Trelawney 

Both Watercolor on paper

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Sirius and Buckbeak sketch…..Wheeeee!
For Wizarding Wednesday

Sirius and Buckbeak sketch…..Wheeeee!

For Wizarding Wednesday

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Patronus Practice with Harry, Professor Lupin, and a Dementor shaped boggart for Wizarding Wednesday’s topic Dementor.
Photoshop Sketch

Patronus Practice with Harry, Professor Lupin, and a Dementor shaped boggart for Wizarding Wednesday’s topic Dementor.

Photoshop Sketch

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Here is some of the art I did for Tiger Stripes, a fun math game for kids.
It only has a few days left on Kickstarter:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gamesalute/tiger-stripes

If you are interested, please order your copy now. More art to follow…

You're very talented!

Thanks!! It takes a lot of practice. :)

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This is the cover for Tiger Stripes, a fun math game for kids.The game was designed by Isabel DuBarry when she was 6. I did all the art in the game.It is currently being Kickstarted by Game Salute:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gamesalute/tiger-stripesIf you are interested, please order your copy now. More art to follow…

This is the cover for Tiger Stripes, a fun math game for kids.
The game was designed by Isabel DuBarry when she was 6. I did all the art in the game.

It is currently being Kickstarted by Game Salute:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gamesalute/tiger-stripes

If you are interested, please order your copy now. More art to follow…

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Katniss, Peeta, and Gale Sketches for fun.
Yay Hunger Games!

Katniss, Peeta, and Gale Sketches for fun.

Yay Hunger Games!

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A quick sketch of Tom Riddle and the Basilisk for Wizarding Wednesday.

A quick sketch of Tom Riddle and the Basilisk for Wizarding Wednesday.

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Ginny and Arnold for Wizarding Wednesday.
Watercolor on paper

Ginny and Arnold for Wizarding Wednesday.

Watercolor on paper

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Argus Filch and Mrs. Norris for Wizarding Wednesday

Argus Filch and Mrs. Norris for Wizarding Wednesday

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Salazar Slytherin Sketch for Wizarding Wednesday

Salazar Slytherin Sketch for Wizarding Wednesday