It seems to be taking forever to finish the artwork on Hideaway Hilda. I’m halfway through now, chapter 6. I’m sure I’ll be going back over these later and adding a few more things here and there but for now, I’m OK with the artwork.
What I’m finding is the more I press to get these done the more I am learning along the way. I can see a very big improvement in my work just since last year. I’ve never taken a project this far (I’m on book two) so that I can see what a difference practice, practice, practice, makes. And I feel I can take it a whole lot farther. Maybe by book 3 I’ll feel better about the work.
My goal is to get the book done by June 1st. I’ll post when I can since each of these little digital paintings are taking all day to do. Not easy to do when you work full time.
Keeping my head down and enjoying the artwork.
Well this took me just a little longer than I thought. But I think it was worth the extra effort. This week I heard another artist say that most of us say done way too fast. I think they were right.
Now off to chapter 4 before my motivation runs out.
Have fun with your art.
Avery loves to make new friends. Today she met Sadie the ladybug.
This is just the beginning of this image. I’ve blocked in the colors using the gradient tool. Now I’ll go back and attack each portion of the image making changes and detail as I go.
P.S. I’ve stumbled upon a website that had so many wonderful things for all you artist out there. Check it out! www.paperwingspodcast.com Chris Oatley also has some great lesson if you’re looking to enhance your digital fun at www.chrisOatley.com. Very talented guy!
Have an Art full day!
Dawson Meets Fielder
Final image for Chapter 2 of Hideaway Hilda, book two in the series The Enchanted Door.
Now off to Chapter 3, where we’ll see what has captured Little Miss Avery’s attention. She seems to be wondering off again.
Have a creative, art full day!
Fielder is quite a fun character. A tough little guy in a care free world and will prove to be a dear friend to Dawson.
The artwork seems to be getting a little easier now. I guess it’s true, the more you practice the easier it gets. Well by the end of this book, the next one should be a breeze for this is only image 3 out of nearly 20. Never, never, never give up they say.
Done for today. Have an artful day!
P.S. My grandson, Dawson, approved his Avatar!
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!
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!