Three Little Fish – Illustration Friday

Prompt: Aquatic

Materials: smooth Bristol ATC, marker, colored pencil

I started by making the water in the background using my markers and some colorless blender solution that I flicked at it with a paintbrush. Then I decided it needed some fish, so I drew them on top of the marker with my colored pencils.

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I Don’t Wish on Wishing Wells…

I’ve been a fan of Nat and Alex Wolff’s music since the Naked Brothers Band days. One of my favorite songs of theirs of recent years is “Disappointed” from the Black Sheep album from a few years ago. It inspired me to create a little illustration with some of the lyrics. And while I was creating that illustration, I actually filmed it:

Unfortunately, I was still figuring out how to film and had the tripod on my large drawing board between me and the paper which lead to the camera getting knocked about a bit while I was working. I didn’t know yet about flipping the footage over. I’ve since figured some of that out.

I had planned to do a tutorial on how I do the birthday shirts, but I have lost my voice this week to my allergies. So that will be next month’s video. I can only barely talk if I speak in my “Batman” voice. Good thing we have been reading a lot of super hero books lately. It doesn’t work quite as well on the regular stories.

Puddle Jumping – Illustration Friday

Prompt: rain

Media: marker, colored pencil, watercolor, Pigma brush pen

Paper: smooth Bristol ATC

For this week’s Illustration Friday, I knew I wanted to do rain boots jumping in puddles. I used my brush pen for outlining, to give myself some more practice, colored a layer of marker, then added details with the colored pencils. To give the raindrop effects, I mixed up some light blue watercolor and used a splatter technique with my fan brush.

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National Coloring Book Day

Apparently there is a day just for coloring books. Yesterday, if you were unaware. Like days for donuts, cakes, etc., I only heard about it on the day. I don’t think anyone could keep up with all these random days. Anyway, my skin tone marker set also happened to show up in the mail yesterday, so I thought I’d do something with them.

A few weeks back I sketched this picture:

and colored it in pencil in my drawing pad. Then I had the idea to color it in marker and watercolor as well, so I traced it in Photoshop and printed it out three times. I decided to do the colored pencil again just to have the three on the same paper in the same dimensions for comparison. And I wanted to film them all:

I think it’s safe to say that I am best at the markers. But, that is what I’ve had the most practice in, so that was fairly predictable. Watercolor was the quickest, which I wouldn’t have thought of, just because I haven’t painted much recently and thought it would be more difficult. I really ought to get a colorless blender pencil, as well.

All in all, this was a really fun project. It was nice to see how one picture can be so different in different media.

P.S.- Want to color it, too? Click here to download the line art.