Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Puppy Portrait: third coat of paint

Okay, we are on the homestretch now! As you can see, I've made the brights brighter and the shadows more shadowy. I have a little tweaking to do but I think this one is coming together nicely. I hope it is well recieved!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Puppy Portrait: second coat of paint

Now I've refined the image somewhat but I still can see where more work needs to be done. I've had a heck of a time with some of the fur, I have to be very careful with what is the base colour before adding the lighter tones overtop, not finished, but I can see the end is nearing. Hopefully my client is pleased.

Puppy Portrait: first coat of paint

Okay, here I am colour blocking the painting and getting the base tones in place....

Puppy Portrait: Rough sketch

Okay, this is a VERY rough sketch mainly to place the subject in the composition and to get a feel for the piece.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Goth Girls Reading and Writing etc

Man, I just about gave myself some eyestrain on these ones... I do like how the backgrounds came out, the flowers were really fun to do!

Pet Portraits

I would like to thank the ladies on the Runango Running Forums who kindly donated a HUGE amount of pet pictures for me to use for reference. I hope that I've captured your little friend's likenesses. I will be using more of these images in the near future.

Monday, November 20, 2006

What a compliment!

The guide for the Figure Skating section on happened across my ACEO. She liked them so much she put them on her site! How cool is that?

She created a gallery as well!

Thank you so much Jo Ann! Its been a pleasure to chat too.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Figure Skating

My daughter has decided that she wants to be a figure skater when she grows up. These cards reflect that new passion.

One neat thing about figure skaters is that thier bodies contort into the strangest poses. One rarely has an opportunity to draw the human form like that, arms and legs stretched and pulled in all sorts of complicated ways. This was quite an exercise for the artist.

I love how the laces on the two skate ACEO turned out. Notice the striped tights - those stripes were painted completely freehand with no do-overs. I'm quite proud of them. LOL.


I decided to give fairies another shot. My daughters are both obsessed with them right now and very often will ask me to draw them for thier amusement. These ones are pretty detailed, I spent many hours adjusting the features and shading things. I hope they do well at auction.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Okay, one more. She is just so darned cute!

This is Sierra playing a game of pool. With all these little critters making thier way into my world lately, I might have to start doing some animal ACEO.....

Cute Alert! Cute Alert!

My mom stopped by to introduce us to the newest addition to her family. This little pomeranian beauty is named Sierra. Needless to say, with all the cute happening in our house today, I didn't get much painting done. I didn't mind too much though. Isn't she just so sweet?

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Goth Girls

Here are four goth girls. I still haven't gotten them completely out of my system. I have some neighbours and there are always a bunch of these girls coming and going all decked out in thier finery. It makes me kind of giggle that that is still popular so many years later. Heck, when I was goth it was already done to death. LOL.

Anyways, they are still a lot of fun to draw, so I don't mind doing it.

These are special because I went all out with the backgrounds. The snowflakes on the first two and the floral motif on the last two were painstakingly done. I also really worked on keeping the lines clean. You can look at the faces and the tights to see how that turned out.

The last card you see in this group is ACEO #100! Wow, I've done 100 and I still feel like I'm only just figuring this all out. These are up now on ebay then if there are any that don't sell, I'll be transferring them over to etsy.


Why so many mermaids? I've decided to try working on a few variations of one theme all at once. It is a different process for me as I usually do all sorts of things all on the same sheet. This time I thought, lets just persue the topic and see where it leads me.

I've also decided to spend longer on each piece doing some more subtle shading and backgrounds. These ones have a blue almost watercolour effect with some semi translucent purple flowers arcing around each lady of the sea.

The skin tones are subtle but there is depth. For some reason I love doing a white shoulder highlight on mermaids. I've made these girls all blonde because I never really draw blondes anymore. All of them have a garland of flowers decending from thier hair. I like how they mimic the flowers in the background.

Most of all, I'm pleased with the lines and facial details on these - I really tried to keep them thin and smooth. I don't use pen on my pieces and when you are dealing with a 2.5"x 3.5" working space, using a brush can be very difficult to control.