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.

Illustration Friday: Heights

Together We’ll Reach the Stars, colored pencil on ATC

When I first saw the prompt of “heights,” I thought of tall buildings. Somehow, this led to someone reaching for a star at the top of a building. We could always use a little help, so it became two working together.