Hello friends! I was sketching odd little whimsical beings, and this little fellow popped out, so I created a larger painting of him! He is done in various watersoluble media and colored pencil with a touch of acrylic, oil pastel and charcoal.
As you see from my Little Mermaid post, I am taking Tamara Laporte’s Ever After series, which is an artistic style development course focused around fairy tales. We follow the lessons closely, and then we sort through our likes, dislikes, and feelings about the lesson to help us define our own style. Credit for the composition and design of these pieces of art goes to the teachers, until we work on our own fairy tale interpretations later on. 🙂
Andrea Gomoll teaches the second lesson, focused on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Andrea paints and illustrates cute girls and creatures with large eyes, innocent expressions, and lots of bright colors and layers.
She teaches techniques in watercolor, illustrative line work, collage and gel medium layering. I have learned that I am no watercolor painter… not yet, at least! I enjoy the look of watercolor washes and more abstract painting (I like the background and the fuzzy rose petals falling) but I do not yet know how to color in a drawing with the paints without it resulting in splotches of color. This lesson was a challenge!
I am also learning that I prefer a more imperfect looking girl with smaller features rather than the cute youthful look presented here, and more painterly rather than illustration style. I also will probably steer away from “fan art” type pieces. I enjoy the idea of interpreting an old fairy tale, but would like to do it in my own way rather than model it after an established and recognized style.
I could also go into a bit of a rant about the actual story of Beauty and the Beast – as much as I enjoy the animated film as a movie, I have issues with the story and the message. I don’t see it as a story about looking beyond appearances. The beast was a horrible person, hence why he was transformed. Frankly, his appearance matched his interior. Beauty was a prisoner that grew attached to her captor. The beast was the one that was supposed to learn a lesson – what did he learn? A beautiful girl turned up at his doorstep. He locked her up. He got to keep her in the end.
In other words, I can pretend this piece of art is a different love story, else I just see it as depicting a very sad situation.
Despite that, this lesson was packed full of information and Andrea is a wonderful teacher. This was out of my comfort zone but I persevered and learned so much. Thank you, Andrea!
Time for something a little sweet! I completed this girl in one long sitting, and I have a video of the process below:
I did not have a plan – just went in with oodles of different paints and started getting them down onto the canvas. I varied my brush strokes and tools used, and also scribbled with different pencils to make random marks.
This girl was born by sketching right onto the painted background and filling her in with gesso. Pencils and paints colored her and gave her life. She looked like she needed a balloon (and then a crown) and so she got one! 🙂
More colorful paint and drips and marks were added. She was given some shadowing with a charcoal pencil, and she was done.
Hello everyone! I am taking a new course which I can already highly recommend: Tamara Laporte’s Ever After series. Tamara and about a dozen guest teachers take you on a fairy tale art journey, and if you also subscribe to Module 2, along the way you are guided towards discovering your personal style & what makes you tick as an artist. Before I even started the first lesson, I learned quite a bit about what I am seeking in my art.
Tamara leads the first lesson based on The Little Mermaid. This version is more of an empowered girl that doesn’t give up everything she is, and has a strong relationship with her female companions, including her sisters and the sea witch (Ursula.)
This was a classic “Tam-style” painting, which as you can see in my gallery, I enjoy emulating. I like the combination of media – water soluble crayons, colored pencils, collage. The point of the style development course is to follow the artist’s lesson closely, so you can determine what you like/don’t like. So, I can not take any credit for the composition and design of this piece! However, I am already seeing the subtleties of “me” in the lessons. 🙂
If you would like to learn more about how this was created, I encourage you to sign up for the course!
Hello everyone and happy holiday weekend! I am thrilled to announce that art prints are now available for most of the work you have seen here in various sizes and finishes over at my Etsy shop. I also have shirts, totes, pillows and more on the way – all of the usual art merchandise suspects, so stay tuned for those. ^_^ As usual, sparkly resin pendants are also available at my cutesy shop, SugarStripeKawaii.
Work on my number-themed canvas series has been progressing (I am working on 5 canvases at once! That’s more exciting than staring at paint dry on one, that’s for sure!) though this may wind up being a 6 piece series rather than 10, because I stumbled into some exciting ideas this weekend that I am too eager to jump on as soon as possible. Eeeee!
I also just signed up for a couple workshops by artist Mindy Lacefield. It was pure chance I came across her work right when I was interested in exploring something similar to her figure style, and she is having a BOGO sale on all workshops for Memorial Day. Pop by her shop here!