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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The future Fairy Condo

maple tree     We had a bad day in the gardens a few weeks ago. It seems Mother Nature had other plans for this HUGE maple tree. She blew the top off with one of her storms. Peppey cut the remaining branches and cut the trunk in half. The top half will be put on the other side of the garden.

What fun we are going to have carving it into a Fairy Condo! Be sure to check back from time to time to see the progress.

 

The Enchanted Door Coloring Page

Enchanted Door-colored smallThe Enchanted Door is this weeks coloring page!

Dawson and Avery found this door in their grandmother’s garden house.  When they stepped through it the magic and wonder of the gardens came alive.

Is there an Enchanted Door in your grandmother’s garden?

Download your free coloring pages here

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