Last Day for sale!

Lily Ann wpQueen Lily Ann just wants to remind you that today is the last day to take advantage of the 15% off the cover price of Hideaway Hilda Learns to Share.

It’s been a very good week for us and we all hope you will stay tuned to see the upcoming adventures, art lessons, free drawing pages, and games. Be sure to sign up for the monthly newsletter for the full behind the scene stories, the progress on the creation of the fairy gardens and much, much more to come.

Thank you again!

Ann

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PS…..check out my other blog  http://secondglances.net/ and discover some ordinary images of ordinary things, that is, until you take that second glance. Another division of An Artist View

 

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

Inspiring a child’s imagination

IMG_2587   I begin this morning by telling you about writing for my grand kids. Let me begin by saying that I’m an artist first and the writing of the stories began because of playing with the kids. Being a grand parent is the perfect excuse to play once again without everyone thinking you just lost your mind.

It all started one day as we were playing with play doah. It was then that I realized that kids don’t really know what to do with the stuff until you actually show them. We started making little things and it grew into bigger things. It was amazing to see their little faces as they themselves realized they could make it into whatever their imaginations wanted. It was then that I began to push their imaginations. Making up stories and playing the “what if” game with them. It was so much fun, and not just for me. I had forgotten how much fun it was play, to imagine to dream without limits.

After they went home, the work began. I would create a world of fairies that would forever keep their imaginations growing. I created little clay fairies that held perfectly still if you looked at them. We began one day with a simple fairy trap. It was a box rigged with a string dangling from the inside from which a piece of jewelry hung. If a fairy came and tugged on the jewelry, the door would shut and the fairy trapped.  I had the kids set it up that night, lining the path with Skittles, cuz you know no one can refuse those colorful candies. Come sunrise those kids  were out the door before I knew it. They had trapped their first fairy. Then two.  And so the stories began and more fairies had to be made.

The fairies are the first things they look for when they come over now as the fairies never do seem to stay in one spot and the children always want to put them back into the aquarium village where they have there inside home. I wonder how long this wonderful game will last. Will the kids begin to make up there own stories? Will they still be looking for the fairies when they get older? And maybe not want to admit they are?  As for me, I know I’ll keep it up as long as they do. Maybe even let them weave the stories by the kid’s imaginations.  Will they eventually begin to write there own stories? Time will tell and I’ll be sure to let you know.

Have a creative day!

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Hideaway Hilda Learns to Share

back cover wp     The two new friends began their journey through the tall field grass. Chatting and laughing as they went. Avery caught a red feather that floated down in front of them. Neither of them seeing the slow moving shadow creeping up behind them. The darkness ended their carefree conversation. It was now circling them on the ground. Avery and Sadie stood perfectly still. They could hear a swooshing sound and it was getting louder.
Hideaway Hilda Hawkins would take whatever she wanted. Until the day she took Avery.

After nearly eight months, it’s finally coming to an end. Now for the editing and final arrangements.

Coming this July!!!!

Preorders will be available in late June.

 

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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first glance of Dawson meets Fielder

Dawson-meets-Fielder0001     In my neck of the woods, we are expecting 12 inches of snow today. I love it when I get a day like this. You really can’t spend time outside so it’s perfect for doing any kind of artwork.
Today I will move on in the book with the next image. Dawson meets Fielder, chapter 2. In this chapter Dawson and Avery meet Fielder while following along the path and are asked to help him and Spinderella fix the Queen Anne’s Lace that was mysteriously ripped.
Here is the preliminary sketch of what I had in mind. I’m not too concerned about shapes at this point as I’ll correct and change things as I go. I prefer to work digitally rather than pencil and paper so I vaguely draw what I want, then I scan and trace the image into Photoshop. I’m going to push myself a little bit more in this image by adding perspective lines. I was watching a video online of someone doing a digital painting when something clicked in this old scattered brain of mine that maybe, even I needed to check that every once in awhile.

By the way, the grandkids have found out about the book last week, so now I better get it right. Talk about pressure.

Have an imaginative day!

Ann

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The completion of Gaurdie

And here he is, Gaurdie, our little Scottish guard of The Enchanted Door with his flowery beard and plaid wings.

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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!

Ann

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Gaurdie hat and beard

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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!

Ann

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Gaurdie’s coming to life part 1

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     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!

     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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