Because Spring is part two of a four-part project, I had be sure that the choices I made for this piece will harmonize with the previous work.
I have a very clear vision of the overall project, and have decided to contrast the moods of the seasons greatly. On the other hand, I will needed to organize specific consistencies.
*minimizing of neck and body
*some sort of collar appropriate to each season
*the same necklace representing nature’s hardships
*long hair with a life of its own
*a certain amount of dimension and texture in the back round
*a value gradient dark to light from bottom to top
*one element of disguise
*clear difference in position of the head and eyes reflecting the qualities of each season
(*perhaps a border when all four have been completed)
Below are the steps I took to stylize Ms. Spring, ultimately leading to the finish (above).
Above is a screenshot of the basic Photoshop underpainting of “Winter”. Below is a visual tutorial of the painting process. Please feel free to ask any questions that may come to mind, since my text explanation is spare.
ANOTHER new project:) Four seasons, beginning with winter. The subject for each season is a lovely young woman. I chose to paint this series digitally, while my oil portraits are drying between layers. Next post will feature a layer by layer separation and progression, so stand by.
A little girl wielding a magic crayon with a lovely point, expertly sharpened by the built-in sharpener in the 64 pack… of Crayola’s, of course.
The third illustration in my not yet written, middle grade novel. So many projects, so little time:)
- Mysterious Lorica (elenacaravela.wordpress.com)
There is a story behind this painting. I posted this piece first on my Illustration Friday page for the topic mysterious, but I its first obligation is to serve as an illustration for a story floating around in my head. This story will convert itself into text after I have a few more illustrations worked out. This is the second piece. I’ve a third in the works. You’ll see that one soon too. When this story fully unveils itself to me, I will reveal it to you too. Stay tuned.
It’s been a tough few weeks. Hoping these times are as short- lived as a maudlin chalk drawing just before the rain.
This morning while hoping and waiting for the clouds to lift, a hummingbird surprised us on the front porch, buzzing it’s wings persistently in pouring rain.
The third in my “Bug” series inspired by Micro Cosmos. A little color this time along with a little sympathy for the “unsuspecting”.
My friend Rachel is an ever so creative visual artist
and writer. She painted “Katgirl and Dustbunny Kat” in a couple of hours as a gift for her aunt.
Rachel is new to the digital world, but she’s quick on the uptake- a digital natural. They’ll be much more digital Rachel to come.
I think I’m finished with my assignment. After deciding what Sally Gal might look like, the most difficult part was to focus on which emotion to portray on this little girl’s face, since this character feels many things in this scene. I’ve included character sketches of Sally Gal’s subtly of mood and her cousin Wild Cat’s winning ways.
On a scale of one to ten, I feel this spot illustration rates about a seven and a half on the “feel- ok- about -it meter”. The painting is digital, so if this were a “real” assignment, I could make changes easily if asked. For instance, the ribbon on the left could be resized or eliminated with a click. Of course, text fills the left hand side of the page and wraps to the top of the page on the right. Here, I’ve included a light blue gutter for orientation purposes. I’ve provided a full one quarter inch bleed all round in the final piece.
I’m looking forward to the feedback, because this workshop is about learning. Really looking forward to sharing my portfolio and meeting the art directors. Interested to spend time and speak with other illustrators. But, there are so many images floating around in my head, that it is time to move on to the next project…had a dream about a blue squid-like patterned creature that replicates children…