New Pastel Drawing “Angel Kiss”

Here is the newest addition to my ever-changing portfolio.  This is a picture that was inspired from an old picture taken of my daughter when she was little kissing little sister Kelsey on the head.  Every time I looked at the picture, all I could picture was an angel kissing baby Jesus, and I finally drew it.  Hope you like it!

The Original Photo

The Painting “Angel Kiss”

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“Sometimes”, said Pooh…an illustrated quote

This watercolor picture I did for a niece who is having a baby in September.  She loved this quote and so I used it just like it came from the book and altered a vintage drawing of Pooh and Piglet walking up a hill.  I tried to color it to look like it was old so it is not bright in color, but adds to it I think.  Ernest Shepard is the original artist of the drawing, I just changed it up a bit.  Hope you like it.

Pooh and Piglet

Sweet Dreams Baby Pastel Picture

I ‘ve been wanting to do a baby picture for a while, and so when my nephews wife’s baby shower came up, I figured I would give this as a print with the baby’s name as a gift.  I was so happy with the way it came out.  The tones were just what I wanted.  The baby looks so pink and new.

Hope you like it!  I can’t wait to try to do a few more babies now. 🙂

Sweet Dreams Baby Pastel Picture

 

Baby Fairy Picture Completed

Well, it took me longer than I thought, but here is the completed picture of the baby fairy.  This stage was just completing all the grass and flowers that surround the baby and also, the colorful sky.  I think it is just enough.  I feel like I should have something more in the background, but I  wanted to leave space for wording/text.

Hope you like the finished picture.

I am already working on another picture.  This is  a little different from what I am used to drawing though.  This picture has a little more meaning to it as it is of a homeless woman and a little girl at Christmas.  I will show you when I am done.

In the meantime, thanks for checking in!

BABY FAIRY 1ST STEP

 

BABY FAIRY 2ND STEP

 

BABY FAIRY COMPLETED

Baby Fairy Continued…

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

Pictures In The Making

I felt I should try something a little different for this post.

I am currently in the process of trying to come up with at least 24 new designs before the end of the year. I need to do this because I have not drawn anything new since last year, and I need to refresh my inventory, so to speak.  I want to be able to send these designs to an art licensing company or greeting card company, and this requires many designs and only the best. So I’m going to really try hard at this.

Anyway, I just thought it would be fun to show you how my drawings come to life and to do the process in stages. This way you can see how the whole process comes together and how an idea comes to life.   I have many that are on the drawing board right now, but I will show you two that I am currently working on.

Since I have not drawn in such a long time, it’s almost  like starting from scratch.  I have to review all my colored pencil books and blending techniques, put on some music that inspires me, and just start drawing. And it’s funny, every time I do go back to drawing after a long period of time like this, it seems I improve on my technique, and that’s a good thing.

The first part of the process is first thinking of what holiday I should be drawing for, or what thought do I want to convey.  Then I start going through all my Norman Rockwell books, children’s illustrator books and magazine cuttings of people’s poses, etc., and write notes or jot ideas down. When a complete thought comes to mind, I draw this out on tracing paper.  When that is done, I ink that and redraw that onto bristol board ( a thicker paper).  Then it’s color time, and this is the fun stage.

I always color the faces or the skin first, because to me,  it feels like the object I am drawing is no longer flat.  It seems more alive. Many artists do this stage last, because it can throw off the colors,  but I just go back and darken the figure for balance if it needs it. It gets me excited the more realistic the skin looks on paper, almost glowing.

After this is done the way I want, I can almost envision what the colors should be around the figure.  Then it begins, layer on layer.  Usually starting the lightest colors to the dark, and the picture slowly comes to life.

So here goes.  I am already beyond the tracing paper stage on these two designs.  I am now in the coloring stage of the skin and facial features.  Doesn’t it seem like they just jump off the page!  They both still seem a little light in color here, but as I go, they will darken just a bit.

Baby Fairy In Meadow

Girl Hugging Santa

I will try to post another blog post in a day or so (I hope) showing you the middle stage.  Hope you’ve enjoyed this.  Now…back to drawing and everything else….Thanks.