Friday, December 31, 2010

Second try at digital painting in Photoshop

2010 has been a year of experimenting for me and it's been a real struggle. I know it's necessary, but I miss knowing exactly how to solve a given illustration problem. I can still do it like I used to, but I feel I'm moving in a new direction with my work. I am enjoying the ride for the most part, though.

I 'm working on a snowman collection and this guy is one of the sketches. I thought a snowman would be a simple subject for trying out digital painting. I tend to jump right into a BIG project before I've experimented on a smaller scale. Overall, I'm happy with this guy, though I still feel the pull to try again with paint and color pencil. I just realized that I forgot his scarf!

I'm afraid this new digital direction is going to cost me some serious money if I'm not careful. Can you say CS5 and Cintiq? Yikes!

I want to thank all of you who read this blog from the bottom of my heart! Your comments help fuel my creativity and hope. I have a lot planned for 2011 and hope to share it with you here in this space. Happy New Year!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sketchbook Project — Winter & Some Golf

The Sketchbook Project is coming to a close in a couple of weeks. It'll be a mad dash to finish it up. I hope to fill several pages with some collage and some prints of illos I've colored using sketches from the book. Crossing my fingers that'll I'll make the deadline.

After being hit with lots of sickness around here, I'm happy that my family and I are healthy. My husband feels like he's coming down with something, but we're ignoring it in hopes it will go away. He's out playing golf right now, so I think it's working.

My husband is obsessed with golf. He plays whenever he can and watches it on TV every weekend. He records the PGA Tour, The Champions Tour, and the LPGA. I kid you not. He never does anything halfway. My hope is that the boys someday get into it so they can all go together (and I can stay home and paint for 5 uninterrupted hours!).

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!!! I guess I need to finish decorating, wrapping, cleaning!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!! Thank you for following my blog this year!

I've been experimenting with digital painting lately. I made this illo into a Christmas one using a color pencil brush in Photoshop. It still needs some work, but overall, I'm happy with it.

 This is an elf from Christmas past. I made him out from a pattern when I was a teenager. He's a little bedraggled, but still loved.

This little Stanley reminds me of when my 13 year old was a preschooler. Good memories! We have a tradition in my family in which each kid receives an ornament each year. We date and initial the back so that when they grow up and have their own tree, they take all the ornaments they've collected over the years.

This is an ornament that belonged to my grandparents. 

This is the stocking my mom made for me when I was a teenager. 
My youngest uses this one. He's all about color!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Who let the dogs out?

After a week and a half forced hiatus from walking, Cody and I got to walk the trail today. It's still Fall here as you can see. My front yard looks like a leaf bomb went off and with rain coming, it'll only get worse.

Here are Cody and his walking buddies. It would have been a funnier picture if you could see us trying to get them to stay long enough to get the shot. Cody is the little guy wearing the red jacket. Thanks Corina for taking the picture!

This is a sneak preview of my first digitally painted piece. I painted with acrylics then scanned it and painted over the base in Photoshop. Not my favorite way of working, but it's a good skill to have.

I'm posting about our favorite Christmas books next.
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