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 Again

This past week was Poses week. I revamped my character again. I actually like trying different things to see what works. Different approaches, different color palettes. Shake things up a bit. This course is for portfolio building so why not push things harder to see where I can go with it?

The color palette for this group was picked by my 4 year old grandson. I emailed the family and I did the girls’ choice last week. This week it was CJ’s turn. The glasses last week were Julian’s when he used to wear them.

All 5 of these fireflies were done in my Soul Journal that John bought for me as a Mother’s Day gift, several years ago, from Innovative Journaling. It’s a leather journal that is refillable. I can put two refills in it which means I can put two different types of paper in there. It’s 5.5 x 8.5 which is a nice size to work on.

I did all 5 on their own page. The paper is Arches text wove and it handles wet media nicely. I’ve used watercolor and acrylic on this paper as well.

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.