Today is the day we celebrate all of those amazing dads out there. Happy Father’s Day to each and every one of you!
I finished my dad’s underwater illustration just in time for Father’s Day! I framed it and it is ready to hand over to him this coming Sunday.
When this book, Fun Things to Do with Paper Cups and Plates by Kara L. Laughlin, came through the library where I work, I had to take a minute to thumb through the pages. The cover was too cute to let it slip through my fingers without a glance!
Re-Learning and Perfecting a New Medium (Part Two)
In case you forgot, here is the the photo from Part 1 of this Watercolor series, my epic fail to success #1 illustration. Let’s first make a list of where I went wrong:
Crocheting has changed so drastically from how it began, back as early as the 1700s (though it’s turned up more noticeably since the early 1800s). It started with uses more practical to the times: creating nets and traps for hunters and fisherman. Later on, it became used for more decorative purposes (See more on crochet history).
Hands and feet have always been my enemies, when it comes to drawing. I saw a post by a fellow illustrator (alias: Muffin Girl) years ago, that mentioned the very same thing. Her illustration included her trademark character, Muffin Girl, getting a piggy-back ride on the back of a human girl’s shoulders. As you can see, the girl’s arms are splayed out to the sides, hands off the page entirely.
This week has all been a bit of a blur. The time change threw me for a loop for two reasons: (1) Even though I’d been reminded about it by my mom several times, I still managed to forget last night that I was losing an hour; and (2) I was so excited about the new Gallery I’m putting together for my website and blog, that I stayed up until 1:00am (really 2:00am with the time change) to work on it!
Let me just start off by saying, I love watercolor, especially when it comes to illustration. It is, however, often described as being perhaps the most difficult and unforgiving of mediums to work with.
When I begin an illustration, more often than not, I have no idea where the pencil will take me. I look at the grooves in the paper and let my mind wander a bit, seeing if a character may take shape there alongside the shadows on the page.