In Procreate with the studio pen. (For those who have never seen an animal based fairy, this is a m...ink fairy, a little animal fairy who loves the inky blackness of ink because it matches its fur.)
Illustration has been a life long hobby that competes with music for my spare time. Looking forward to retirement when I can devote more time to my passions.
Those who joined the forum only recently may not have known of the sad death of one of the forum members, Richard Cartwright. When we heard of it on the forum, people wanted to express condolences to his family and our appreciation of him as a fellow artist and so we sent "flowers" by creating artistic interpretations of flowers done in his memory. I volunteered to print them off and send them to the funeral home in British Columbia on everyone's behalf.
Today I received a card from his family in the mail addressed to the SVS forum. It has a picture of a butterfly on a flower with the text "A simple act of kindness has a beauty all its own. Thank you for your kindness." Inside, the family has written:
"Please thank your fellow members for their beautiful flowers that you all sent for us in memory of our son Richard. He was so enthused about your organization and we were so proud of him and his art. He passed away so suddenly, leaving a large hole in our hearts but unfortunately, we have no answers as to why it happened yet - maybe in a few months we will know more. I hope all your members keep up their beautiful work. Sincerely, Bill and Sharon Cartwright, Nelson BC Canada."
When @Jake-Parker @Will-Terry and @Lee-White asked on their last podcast, "What impact has your art had on the world?" I couldn't help but think of the outpouring of caring toward Richard's family from the forum. Images can often say more than words.
I’m posting this so that I’ll stop fiddling with it. After I drew it, I thought, “This would make a good start for a book — The Adventures of TinCans.” I did it in Procreate and thank you @ArtofAleksey and @Braden-Hallett for your process videos that taught me some Procreate tricks.
After two years of unsuccessfully trying to learn how to paint "artistic" watercolor paintings, I am admitting that I'm just a line and wash kind of person. This is a barn down the road from my house.
@Lee-White said on a podcast that he didn't understand why people always painted barns. I've realized that it's because if you live in a rural area, it's the only thing to paint besides trees and cows!
I don't know if it's cheating to use an already completed painting but I did this in February as my own exercise after watching Will Terry's Draw 50 Things. I had fun researching colonial instruments and luthier tools but there were times I'd wished I'd done his suggestion of a candy shop instead!
Here is mine. I did this in traditional watercolor on cold press and inked It (and tweaked it) in Procreate. I could spend another week on it but given that I also did a pen and ink version of this and another version on hot press that I tossed, i’m ready to be done with it
Several people have made suggestions of doing paintings in the memory of Richard Cartwright, and I had suggested another possibility was doing drawings or paintings of flowers (using that prompt as creatively as you would like) which we could send physically or virtually to his family. I don’t know if there is still interest in doing that but I thought I would start this thread and see what happens.
I’ll volunteer to figure out how to send them though depending on the quantity, I might have to do it virtually since he lived in Canada and I’m in the US.
Here is mine. It’s a study in pen and wash that I did recently which I wish I had more time to improve but I’d rather send it as is than hope to improve on it and then never end up sending anything.
I noticed today as I was painting that even though my execution continues to need improvement, my thinking as I’m painting has drastically changed in the two years I’ve subscribed to SVS and been a member of the forum. I want to thank SVS for everything I’ve learned including these mantras that now reside in my head.
Values, values, values. If the values work, the whole composition will benefit
Lines are formed by value edges. There are no lines in nature.
The last 20% of a painting will take 80% of the time, so when you think you are finished, you probably aren’t.
On the other hand, at some point you have to say, “Finished, not perfect,” and move on to the next
You should not compare yourself to others but compare yourself to yourself yesterday.
Thanks SVS for this and more. I’m curious about what others have you learned from SVS that has become part of your internal dialogue as you work.
I agree that B is better. The fish hook is as @Melissa-Bailey-0 said, "ominous."
@Frogpunzel They seem to last ok although I don't produce a lot of stand-alone watercolor in the course of a year so I guess it would depend on how often you use them. They weren't very expensive, though, once I found some. I live in a rural area and there aren't a lot of art stores around.
I use Arches 140 lb cold press or hot press depending on how much inking I'm doing. I soak it in water (8 minutes), put it on a piece of gator board, staple it around the edges and tape it. That may be overkill but it definitely keeps the paper flat no matter how much water I use. (The staples are pretty easy to remove from gator board. I did staple them once into a piece of wood and it was a pain to get them out.)
Early on I bought a special frame for stretching watercolor paper which I finally decided looked cool but was way more work than just stapling and taping.
I also have watercolor sketch books, however, and usually do smaller pieces in them so I don't have to worry about the stretching. Those are mainly line and wash, though, so I'm not putting as much water on the paper with those.
I really like the colors in your painting -- the whole scene is very autumn-y and fun.
I love your style and recognized this as yours before I even saw your name. (UnfortunateIy, I don't have any idea if the SVS team would count this as ink but I hope you enter it anyway.)
My only suggestion is that you think about rearranging the pictures. The opening text goes more with the picture of the girl under the stool whereas the picture of her fencing with a pigeon goes with the closing text. I had to read through it twice to see that because the order wasn't obvious.
Beautiful work and characterization.
@RachelArmington Unfortunately I don’t. The nearest one would be an hour and a half from me. If I was trying to sell prints it might be worth my time but for ordinary posts etc I have to make do with what I can do on my own. I just ordered a new scanner — maybe that will help.
I painted my Aesop’s Fable piece that I posted earlier I. The thread. It’s traditional watercolor. One thing I still clearly need to figure out is how to photograph my pieces better. My scanner is old and does a poor job so I bought soft lights to photograph the pieces and still end up struggling with white balance. I may have to spring for a good scanner.
@K-Flagg I want to know if your workspace looks that neat all of the time or if you cleaned it up for the photo. If it's the first, I am really impressed!
Seriously, I love the way you have organized your stuff. I need to work on that. This is what mine looks like most of the time -- I do not recommend it