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 friends! I return from art and blog hibernation (i.e. spending all of my time on spring gardening, costuming, and painting fails!) with the start of a new acrylic & mixed media canvas series. This is directly inspired by Donna Downey’s 10 10×10 Canvases in 10 Days online workshop. If I had to pick an artist whose talent, technique and style I most want to strive towards, I think Donna would be it (though Tamara from willowingarts is right up there!) Such beautiful use of color and combination of abstract and representational subjects in her work, and THE TEXTURE! Oh my, I love it. Donna has a fun, energetic and informative teaching style, making her workshops a joy. I watched the 10×10 workshop through twice now, and likely will again to really let all of the nuances sink in.
This first canvas in my own series is, well, not actually the first one. The actual first one was painted, gessoed over, painted again, and… well, it’s still not posted here, so guess how that one is going 😉 This is technically the second, and while I still struggle with all of my art, it did come through easier.
The theme for this series is numbers, and a limited palette throughout the series. Donna opted for Payne’s Grey, Teal, and Yellow Ochre for her workshop. I swapped the ochre out with Green Gold, and find that going from a warm to a cooler color does change the feeling quite a bit, and this is leaning more towards an analogous color scheme. Raw Umber is also used for some grunge glazing techniques. White, black or gray may also be used.
Watch the process video below:
Donna’s obsession with numbers ignited the same in me, and I found myself scouring stores. New obsessions are hard on an impulse buyer! 😀
If you are looking for number components, here are some ideas:
Home improvement stores: Check the mailbox aisle. Lots of cheap number stickers here, and bigger/heavier numbers as well if you are looking for some focal points. I also found some stencils in many sizes in this section.
Dollar store: I found sheets of vinyl numbers (and letters) with some “garage sale” signs. Three sheets for a buck, black numbers about 2 inches (example: the “3” on this canvas). I bought them out! They also sometimes have alphabet stickers in the stationary aisle. Other ideas include flash cards, playing cards, sudoku and other puzzle books, and the teaching/kids section had some “number puzzles” – foam sheets with letter and number pop-outs. They are awful colors, but I figured they can be adhered to a canvas and painted for a super dimensional look.
Craft stores/Amazon: The sticker aisle will have oodles of letter and number stickers, though check the two above first. Chipboard characters. Stencils. Also check stamp sets with numbers. The “002” tag on this canvas was created with stamps from a Michaels “Recollections” set. I have a few number sets, and grabbed some blank tags from Staples and Amazon (Amazon being cheaper, of course) and stamped a bunch up at once. If you have a die cutting machine such as a Cuttlebug or Sizzix, consider getting some alphanumeric die sets. The punched out numbers can be adhered with matte medium and left as-is or painted over, which would give you a cool number background texture.
Target: Try the $1-3 section. I found some large alphanumeric cutouts here.
Silhouette Cameo Owners: Cut your own number stencils in various sizes! I use clear plastic projector transparencies to cut my own stencils. While not super durable (they can tear if handled wrong) they are easy to cut and cheap. Stencils are great for either paint or modeling paste.
More Amazon: If the above isn’t enough, check out coat check tags and bingo sheets!
As you can see from the process video, I started out arranging a few number components on the blank white background, and the acrylic paint came after, adding several layers and glazes. Golden Fluid acrylic paint was the main supply, though I threw in some Dye-Na-Flow ink sprays, gesso, and a little bit of charcoal pencil at the end.
Stay tuned for more from this series! 🙂 Thanks all!