And here he is, Gaurdie, our little Scottish guard of The Enchanted Door with his flowery beard and plaid wings.
I was asked this past weekend, by a fellow artist, if I saw the final version of Gaurdie before I started to draw him. My response was, I start out with a general idea then work with it along the way making changes as I go. I guess, as an artist, with sure a scattered brain, I feel it’s best if I leave room on my canvas for better ideas as they come to mind.
Now…..I better get drawing the next chapter image. Dawson and Avery will meet Fielder and help Lady Spindrella sew some Queen Ann’s Lace back together. Something is tearing them apart!
Have an imaginative day!
Gaurdie is coming alive with this next step. I’ve finished the beard by first blocking in a darker color then layering different colored brush stokes of hair. And since he smells of Gardenias I thought it fit to add a few flowers that grow naturally in his beard.
The hat was created by adding a pattern layer to the red part over the shading and using the smudge tool to blend in the different shades of black for the main part of the hat. The feather was done the same way, block in the main colors then blend with the smudge tool. This is not normally how I would do it but just felt right for this project. Besides, it was fun.
My next step will be the jacket, vest, buttons, and suspenders. While I’m still considering changing his eyes to green. I’ll try it. Seems the colors would go better. I’m thinking maybe a greenish grey.
Maybe by the time I get to the next image for this book, I’ll figure out how to do a video of the paintings. There are so many new options now that I have the full adobe suite at my finger tips. I just need more play time to figure it all out.
Until next time.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
~ Albert Einstein
Have an imaginative day!
I’ve blocked in the main colors first and will now start building one thing at a time leaving the background for last and making my changes along the way. Naturally I go right to the eyes first and then spread out from there.
It seems as though I always find something new and exciting to work with in Photoshop. I don’t typically use the smudge tool but I’m having a good time with it today blending the highlights and shadows. I’ve found some wonderful free brushes online that are fantastic for Gaurdie’s hair. I’ll have to see if I can find a really good texture for his coat. I’m thinking it needs to be wool.
Next I’ll finish the beard and ear, then start working on the hat.
Happy art day to everyone!
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!
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.
What was I thinking?! There are Way too many feathers on a bird! lol
Here, Hilda has collected (stolen) some fancy feathers for herself.
It’s taking me a long time to do this next step and I’m afraid I’m not done.
This week I’ll be experimenting with a few new brushes I just downloaded. I’ll insert some on the head and body so that it doesn’t look so blurred and one dimensional.
There is still a lot to do.
Until next time.
Have an artful day!
I was able to carve out a few hours this morning to begin the shading process.
I started by adding some lighting in the background. From there I’ll grab most of my shading and highlight colors.
Don’t know about you but I always like to start with the eyes. Since, I hope they will grab you attention first. Then I added some basic shading to the hawks body.
Avery caught my attention this morning so I decided to try and finish her to give you an idea of where I am going with this. I blocked in the shading then spent the last 4 hours blending.
I will be adding more images as I find the time to spend in my studio.
Have an artful day!