Saturday, November 18, 2017

Opal from Logo Design to the Real Deal

For those who know me and follow my blog, Opal is a miniature bear I often use as a model for sketching and painting.

After I worked a possible sketchers' group logo, I wanted to find a way to actually dress this little bear wearing a hat and backpack.

A dear lady (Steph) at "In a Nutshell Miniatures" shop in Tavares, Florida, specializes in miniatures from doll houses to furniture to accessories and food.  When I mentioned what I was hoping to do, she had me come by the shop and we worked on making my wish happen.  I sat across from her as we looked at various fabrics and she created the miniature backpack and dressed up a miniature raffia hat.

I also bought a miniature composition book, plain journal book and pencil to the scale I needed but haven't quite figured out how I want to attach without making it permanent with glue.

Watercolor Demo by Lyn Smith Worked in Procreate

Yesterday we had a wonderful watercolor demo with a great turnout at the Leesburg Art Center presented to us by Lyn Smith.  The purpose of the chosen subject and results was to teach us how to use two colors to produce the painting.  With Lyn's demo example, she used Coblt Blue and Burnt Umber.

She shared how she mixed a thick sticky base mixture of her two pigments and then adding water for the various values needed.  She shared how to lay down a small amount of dark color and fade it out creating soft edges like you see in the petals.

Take note of what she used here to mix her two pigments together.  I would never have thought to use a mini whisk like she is using here.  What a fantastic idea and it would save on the hairs of a brush most people use for mixing.

Initially, Lyn used two other color choices (I believe Aliz and a Phalo  Blue) for her original painting she completed taking a watercolor class.  For a different look and using non staining pigments she had us go for a blue tinted painting instead.

Well Susan being Susan, she decided to try her hand at seeing what she could do using Procreate instead.  Using methods of laying down a color stroke and blending..........trying to achieve a similar look using an Apple Pencil instead of a paint brush.

Although not the two colors as used in the watercolor demo, a very limited palette was used here.  A single blue was used and the values achieved either by light or heavier pressure and/or blending or fading out.  Two different values of green were used.......a very light and a very dark almost black was blended together for the background.  Then a bit of pink was added just for added interest.

One thing I could still do is go darker with my values in some areas of the petals nearest the center.

Thank you Lyn for a wonderful presentation and fun time we had :-)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Two More from Heather Oaks Farm

Two more sketches to share that I worked yesterday and today after our outing at Heather Oaks Farm in Lady Lake, Florida.

First is the owners' home.  There are technically other building structures around their house but I elected not to include them.........instead filling in with trees.  And I thought I would handle the trees differently from what I normally do for a different look.

This next one is of a lamb that the Mrs. has been bottle feeding.  I believe was an orphan the mother wouldn't have anything to do with.  He's precious to say the least and Maria holding him and how relaxed and at peace this little fellow was is what captivated me.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Rooftop in Procreate

This is from another photo taken while we were at Disney Springs for the USK 24 Global Sketchwalk.

This one was worked using the grid method with photo on computer with grid lines and grid on Procreate with layers added above it as I sketched the lines.  Removed the grid and added color.

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