Friendly Faces Day 5

As predicted I am already winging it. I used a reference photo from Sktchy but since the Prompt for today is “round,” I made the girl’s head round instead of oval.

Friendly Faces #3

Here is my third Friendly Faces sketch. The idea of this challenge is to create characters and I wanted to use gouache for this so these are starting out leaning towards portraits but I know how they’ll look as the challenge goes on, lol. They’ll be characters all right. Lol.

This is in my homemade sketchbook made with Stonehenge paper, using gouache and watercolor pencils.

Firefly Two Page Spread

Here is a two page spread from the Firefly story by Zoë Tucker. I started to do the whole spread in color but I really liked the black and white sketch that I did, especially after I blew it up to actual book size. I tweaked the sketch to a final drawing and added the firefly and some creatures and this is my mixed color and B&W version.

I will probably finish the color version another time…..

Firefly – Expressions

Here is my firefly, Lampy. I was going to put more faces but I like the simplicity of just the 5. From these I can do a range of in between expressions.

This is a mixture of traditional and digital work.

Enjoy!

Lightning bug Round 2

I had started this version last week but I was getting down to the deadline and had to switch to digital. Normally I like to do the traditional first and then tweak it after I scan it. This was done in my Innovative Journal with acrylics that I refill with Arches Text Wove paper. The paper handles lots of different media surprisingly well.

Red Bird

It’s Spring and Red loves to share the joy that he feels when the weather begins to warm up. Love is also in the air.

I am still working on my illustration course but I actually missed doing my characters so I am squeezing them in.

Baby Firefly

I am taking an illustration course and the main character is a young firefly. We had to turn in our character today. I did this little guy in multiple ways and I was tweaking him up to the last minute because once I really got on the roll, more ideas popped into my head. The flowers were actually an idea that came from my walk this morning. The grandkids had some input into what colors they preferred but my final decision came down to what worked with the background I had in mind.