Another Illustration Friday entry, this one for the theme, “Forward.” This is watercolor and colored pencil; the original’s about 7″ x 10″.
My first Illustration Friday! The theme for the week ending today was “twirl,” so I’m getting this one in not-quite-under the wire.
I’m learning more about illustrating subjects from nature, particularly fall leaves and sea shells. I just got Natural History Painting with the Eden Project by Rosie Martin and Meriel Thurstan — very exciting!
Along with illustrations, I also do hand-lettering using watercolor and colored pencil. I’ve filled up quite a few Montval Field Watercolor Books with illustrated quotes. Though I find myself doing this sort of free-flowing calligraphy a lot, I also try to work in traditional (or traditional-looking) styles.
I love illustrating greetings cards and calendars. As with my children’s illustrations, I usually do these in watercolor and colored pencil on Montval paper, scan them at 300 dpi or more, and then play around in Photoshop until I’ve got the look/size/placement I want.
I particularly love illustrating stories for children. Most of my work is watercolor with colored pencil, though I use ink (currently Faber-Castell’s Pitt pens, and some new Pentel Stylo and Hybrid Technica), too. I usually complete each piece on Canson Montval paper, scan it into the computer, and do fixes in Photoshop.
Besides my watercolor and colored pencil illustrations, I also create glass beads through a process called flameworking. I add my beads to functional objects like pens, wine stoppers, and pie servers. Flameworking shares a lot with illustration, for me. With both, I focus on design, experiment with color, and appreciate the happy accidents — and try to fix the not-so-happy ones!