Here is an illustration of a little pixie roaming about the flowers. It must surely be after a summer shower, just look at that rainbow! After looking at this again, it makes me want to do more of these. This was rather fun to do. This, also, is most probably one of those illustrations influenced by Johnny Gruelle, who did the Raggedy Ann series of books. I did a post on him awhile back. Just love his work.
Well, here is the baby fairy picture I am working on right now. The first picture below is the one I posted in an earlier post. I had just done the baby’s skin then, and now I have just finished the surrounding leaves and the baby’s hat and shoes. I know this doesn’t seem like much, but since I want this picture to look more fantasy-like, I am using many more colors. I want to go with purples, pinks, and bright greens and yellows. So, the leaves you see under the baby here are the result of about 5 different layers of colors. Now I can start to work the grass and the dreamy sky. I think I want the sky to be a purple hue with a touch of pink, then even stars or fireflies twinkling around the baby. I don’t really know at this point, but that’s what I am seeing.
The next time I show you this will be when I am finished, and that will be hopefully in a few days, depending on Christmas, schedules and the rest.
Hope you like what you see so far. Until next time….
1st stage, baby's skin
2nd stage, surrounding leaves, hat and shoes,wings
For those of you who do not know me…I love Christmas. Yes, I’m the one that secretly plays Christmas music well before Thanksgiving, mostly so I can be more creative in my drawing. I don’t know, but the songs, or even the music alone, brings out the child in me. I also love certain Christmas movies that I just have to play year after year, no matter how old I get. I just have to.
One is of course, is A Charlie Brown Christmas. That’s a given. Second, The House Without A Christmas Tree (my favorite). Third…The Snowman. If you have not seen this one, you have to. I first saw it on TV when the kids were small and they just sat in awe the whole time it was on. Of course, I loved it because of the artwork and creativity in the piece. But, the interest lies in the fact that it is based on a children’s book which has no words…and so they made the movie wordless as well, except for a few sounds and a musical flying scene, which is one of the best parts of the movie. The drawings are done in colored pencil (which is my media)and it plays on the fantasy of every child’s dream, a snowman coming to life. He plays with the boy who created him and takes him on an adventure all in one night.
Here is a description of the movie I found on Amazon:
‘This is a charming British animated short film based on the classic children’s book by Raymond Briggs and crafted with a colored-pencils-on-paper look, like fluffy, hand-drawn illustrations. It tells the story (although without words) of a small boy in rural England whose lovingly constructed snowman comes to life and takes him flying over the white-blanketed landscapes, in a beautiful rotoscoped (traced) sequence based on live-action flying footage. Part of the charm of the film is the gentle, everyday quality of its fantasy adventures: the snowman is invited in to try on clothes and play with the Christmas decorations, then plays host to the boy at a party in the woods, at which his snowy relatives do English country dances. This is one of the very few Christmas tapes on the market that really deserves to be a holiday perennial, a gentle fable of friendship and the power of imagination.” –David Chute
I have found the flying scene on you tube and the music you may be familiar with. The song is beautiful…please listen.
So please, if you get a chance to rent the movie or buy it , please do and add it to that collection of yours. You won’t regret it. Also, don’t be disappointed in the end. Just play it from the beginning and it starts the adventure all over again. There’s always hope.
I came across this picture in my old pieces of artwork from when I was a teen (which was the 70′s). Back then, my drawings were mostly of fairies and girls that stood along the coastline or on hillsides. I don’t know why, I guess it’s just the way I was feeling. All about solitude and fantasy.
I rather like this picture and the way the figure is sitting, and I know that I was intending her to pull aside a blade of grass to view something…I don’t know what though. I’d like to finish this picture, and instead of the crayon I used here and old manila paper, use my bristol board and colored pencils. I will try this and then post it when I am done.
Time here is just a little shorter as I have started a new job, but I am determined not to stop my drawing, so hang in there with me. I also intend to try more fairy pictures as they seem like great fun! Thanks. Enjoy! :)