Maybe it's Valentine's Day on the horizon, or maybe it's being a newly wed, but yesterday morning I woke up wanting to paint something sweet and romantic.
So, I took a break from gnomes and painted a couple of fox sweethearts. The picture just popped into my head, and I immediately had to chase it down with a pencil.
I've had people say to me, "You do a lot of nighttime drawings." It's true, but I don't know why. I do love the moon and enjoy painting it very much. I often reply, "Maybe other people just do a lot of daytime drawings." It seems to make sense to me. If I painted everything in daylight, I don't think anyone would notice, and night is just as equal a part of our lives as the day.
A few posts back I shared the process of a raccoon illustration
. A lot of folks told me here, over Facebook, or in person they enjoyed seeing the painting develop in stages and so I took a few extra pictures once again.
|The pencil sketch. All of my drawings start off pretty loose,|
the penning is when I actually add many of the details.
|The penning--and you can see I almost forgot|
to take a picture, and have started the fence wash on the right.
|The first wash, with the second wash beginning|
on the right side of the sky.
|The second sky wash completed (two more would be added after).|
|Here you can see the pigment was pooling interestingly to|
the right of the moon. I decided to try and save that, and create a glow.
This is a good example of the watercolors making a decision for me.
|The first fence wash. I debated over|
red or brown almost the entire time I was painting this.
|Red won out. There are too many brown fences in|
the world. The flowers undertones are watercolor.
|The highlights on their petals are in white acrylic paint,|
to help them 'pop' a little bit.
|The final wash on the sky, before adding|
the stars with more white acrylic paint.
|Here you can see some of the sky bled into the moon.|
|I corrected that as I added the white petals and stars.|
You can find the print in the shop here
! I figured there was no time to waste, since February is approaching and cuddling is in the air. I'm back to my gnomes today, though I have two sketches I may scribble before the day is out. A knitting narwhal may even make an appearance....
Super cute and sweet, I love it. :DReplyDelete
thank you so much for posting this- you're so inspiring. :)ReplyDelete