Clover’s Butterball Maze

cloverwp     Let’s help Emma and Megan catch the Honey Butterballs Clover is tossing for them. Visit the Free Fun Games page of my website to download the game. http://www.anartistview.net/Free%20Fun%20Games.html   Only 2 days left to take advantage of the 15% off the new book “Hideaway Hilda Learns to Share” Offer ends Oct. 17th. Order your copy today!  http://www.anartistview.net/The%20Enchanted%20Door.html

Have a fun day Ann

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Ann

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Introducing Dawson

Dawsonwp     I believe this has been the hardest image I’ve ever had to do. You see, Dawson is my grandson and he is only 5 and if I don’t get his approval, I dare say I may forever damage the kids ego and become the worst grandma ever. You talk about pressure! Anyways, after days and days of changes, I’m pretty much done. His eyes will have to stay a little bigger than normal since all things are not quite as they are in the fairy world. I’ll let you know if I get his OK or not.

Fielder is teaching Dawson how to shoot his sling shot. It takes a lot of rocks and a lot of practice.

I really liked how the smudge tool is working on the skin. Only I can see I’ll have to go back over it with a little bit of the grain filter to tone down the smudginess just a little bit. I’ll leave the highlights and deep shadows for last. Then add the grain.

This week I’ll be working on Fielder, our little Elf.

 

Put that imagination to work!

Dawsonbeforewp     Ann

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Introducing Gaurdie

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With the completion of the cover behind me, I’d like to introduce the beginnings of Gaurdie.

     Gaurdie is a very small Scottish guard that takes his job very seriously. He puts up a pretty tough appearance but his eyes tell a different story.  Those big beautiful blue eyes will draw you into his sweet kindness. Besides, how tough can someone be when they smell like a fresh Gardenia flower.

Gaurdie is the first fairy the kids meet as they step through the Enchanted Door into Memmay’s fairy garden. He is very fast at flying and no one has managed to get past him yet. His job is to keep track of everyone who is visiting the garden.

Now let’s get started with the fun of creating this little gem. I’ve scanned my initial drawing into Photoshop and have quickly redrawn the lines knowing that I’ll only use them as a guide. My next step will be to block in the basic colors.

Have a happy artful day!

Ann

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Almost there!

 

Hilda-wp-cover2     Wow, it seems like forever since I had the time to blog. My computer died on me and I had to replace it. I wouldn’t be so bad if all you had to do was plug in and go put it’s all those other things that hold you back. Like making sure the external hard drive will work with the new computer, reinstalling all my favorite programs and resetting all my personal settings. It’s such an disruption I just dread it every time. When something is working, I most often say, leave it alone. But now that I’ve got everything set back up again I say, Thank God I did.

I did something I swore I wouldn’t do. I signed up for adobe creative suite. And I have to admit. I really like it. Only now there are so many new cool things with all my usual programs like Photoshop, Lightroom, Dreamworks and Illustrator that I’m praying for lots of snow this winter just so I can spend more time huddled up in my studio at home playing and learning all the bells and whistles that are new since creative suite 3 hit the scene. I’m sure it will help with the new images I’ll be doing for my upcoming book.

Speaking of which……

I finally got a chance to work on the cover a little more. This time I’ve added the branches for the nest, some more definition on the wings and inserted a background. My next step will be to finish defining the wings and shadows of the objects in the nest.

Until next time…..

Praying for snow.

Ann

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