Another sketch for today. There are a lot of places here in Florida where chickens run a bit wild. Last spring my husband and I went to a “camp” a few miles south of where we live. We wanted to rent a kayak and paddle around the rivers that pour into the Atlantic ocean. I had my camera with me, as usual, and snapped a lot of photos during the trip. The most entertaining pictures were of the chickens that wandered around the camp. I shot quite a few pictures while waiting for Ken to get the kayak rented, and then again when returned. This particular little hen had a lot of personality and I liked her right away!
One of my goals this year is to simply sketch more. I will try to post some of my sketches as I go along. This is one I did today. Nothing detailed, as I usually get pretty crazy with detail. I wanted to keep this one simple so that it would maintain that look of fun, movement, and spontaneity.
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I have been working in Adobe Photoshop and thoroughly enjoying the challenges of drawing and painting in a digital format. My focus has changed a bit over the past two or three years from fine art and watercolor to illustration and digital.
My grandchildren are such an inspiration and make great models. They move too fast to work much from life but I have a lot of photographs of them, as probably most grandparents, to work from. This is a little sketch of my grandson, Eli. He was enjoying some ice cream with Grandma.
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I have been learning the ropes for illustrating in Adobe Photoshop and I am having a blast! I hope you enjoy this one. I welcome your comments.
I recently worked with Edward Keck and Terra Sancta Press to create a cover for Edward’s memoir, Island Park. Edward’s story of hardship and survival is inspiring and action-packed. He shares the adventures of his family’s determination to stay together during heart-breaking times post World War II. He also shares the lessons of life he acquired while growing up. Inspiring.
You can purchase a copy of this lively story at Terra Sancta Press: http://www.terrasanctapress.com
I have been diagnosed with Trigger Thumb. It has been challenging to create artwork with a painful, non-functional thumb. I am having surgery next week and I am really looking forward to getting back to work.
I have been working, however. One project I am working on is for my branding items for an upcoming book fair that I am attending here in Florida. I want to feature my illustration work along with my current books, so I am creating some illustrations for a poster for my booth. This illustration of the boy walking on a book was transformed in Adobe Illustrator to become one of several illuminated letters for the poster.
Here is the finished illuminated letter.
I love being able to work my hand-drawn pieces into a digital piece. I have three letters that will be added to the poster to highlight illustration, book design, and e-book creation.
Here are the other two completed letters:
This is a watercolor, 26 by 20 inches, of a man I saw fishing here on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. I loved creating his skin tones and building in the character of his wrinkled face. This piece was created with several layers of pigment building up the darker, shadow areas. The background is a wet-in-wet wash of French Ultramarine Blue and Permanent Alizarin Crimson.
This piece is for sale on my etsy shop, if you are interested. Hope you enjoy it. It really was fun to paint.
I have been away for a bit, taking some online classes for a personal challenge and to reconnect with my graphic design background. While taking some Adobe Creative Suite classes I have been putting together a little project with the help of my friend, Jaimie Engle. Jaimie came up with a few fun “pretend” book titles for me to develop a variety of book cover designs. I just added them to my Behance portfolio.
Have a look and let me know what you think.