Showing posts with label creative process. Show all posts
Showing posts with label creative process. Show all posts

Friday, February 05, 2016

February Blue Grey Days

February days. Grey and rainy. Snow drops are peeking out along the sidewalks from muddy gardens. Crocuses peeking out on a lawn of soggy grass. Maggie and I walk around each morning searching for just a few more signs of spring please. January was my dizzy month. Vertigo. Not fun. But I think I am getting over it.
I am working with a lovely class of bright and energetic kindergartens and grade ones. We have been using pastels which was great fun for them. But very messy. They didn't seem to mind. And we have tried watercolours with salt and I wish I had taken in some real watercolour paper because it could have been better for them. And also, in hindsight, I wished we could also have used inks and dyes instead but I decided they would be possibly toxic to small hands. So we have less brilliant effects. But they were so happy about the process. And maybe process is what the sessions are about.

I took a set of watercolours in to the second class because I thought we might  get stronger colours with the salt. We used bigger brushes instead of those skinny useless little brushes that come with school watercolour pan sets. At least we could get more paint onto the paper this way and they worked better than I expected.  I took paper plates and showed the children how to mix colour. Once they started painting they threw themselves into it with what seemed like a little bit of joy. They loved the salt part.

 Idea for blue valentines using salted watercolours against a nice blue sheet of construction paper.
Pastel artists at work.



Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday Cowboy

I am coming up for a little blogging air. I get so lost in a project and that's where I have been. Not lost exactly, but trying to cut a path through to the end. I see the sun is shining today and this is a real treat lately in Vancouver.
This fellow is part of this 'project thing' that is consuming my brain lately.
I agree. I am weird. But I can't stop now.


Many thanks to ScribblerToo, an online digital drawing program created by Mario Klingemann . I used it for the line drawing for this character. I painted the drawing in Painter 12, a program I won (Yes it is true!) from CorelDraw for taking part in questionnaires regarding Corel Software products.


Friday, October 07, 2011

Setting a New Goal This Week

Hello out there. Is anybody there? I have been working on a book and got lost in it revising and changing and editing and I've been wondering when I will finish it. What first began as an idea for an APP turned into so many illustrations I realized I had enough for a book. So...I finished it as a book. But then I started having second thoughts about the character design.
And then my computer had major problems and I ended up with a new computer which is absolutely lovely so far. Fortunately I saved and backed up files all along the way. So nothing was lost. I must have created over six gigabytes of files working on this.
Then once I had the new computer up and running I changed all the characters from piggies into kids. And I like the kids much better. This led me into doing some research about costume and current fashion.
Now it is October and each day I get closer to an ending of this project.
I have set a goal for finishing by October 31.



On and on and on it goes. I need a support team.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Getting it together piece by piece

I apologize for not posting much this month so far. The reason is, I've been working on the illustrations for a little book that has been sitting in my portfolio for many years along with several other stories and ideas. I am hoping to meet a deadline with Interact Books and I am hoping I can figure out how use their software. The story is for kids from K to grade 3 or so. I can't say much more about it while it is in process. But I hope there are good vibes out there because this is a pretty lonely business when it gets down to the wire. Wish me luck please. No matter what happens, this has been an excellent exercise for my brain and it is fun to work on something that may bring delight to kids. I hope.
Meanwhile, to perk up the boring look of this post  I will post these sun bathing turtles captured at Van Dusen Gardens three weeks ago.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Waterscape With Gulls

As I ponder the events in Japan I find it helps to make marks and keep working. I once was a liturgical artist and I can feel that process of meditation coming back into the creative process. I have been playing with this image and the field image as well. Today this emerged on my computer pages.
Seagulls are not the nicest birds, but I think they can be beautiful to draw.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sketching Tulips Today

I like the look of these tulips sprawled against a wall. I made a quick sketch of my photo this morning with a felt pen on bond paper while my puppy Maggie pawed my knees and begged me to take her over to the park to play with Charlie.

When I got back from the Park I scanned the sketch with my Epson scanner into CorelDRAW.
With this image on the screen I chose the trace feature.
I added a little colour and got this 'look' which I think is sort of 1960's.













I created a vector from the sketch and this is what happened. I think it feels like an Easter image of light and life.


Played a little more with colour.
It is now the end of the day and I thought I might as well post this.
I hope this is in some way interesting and perhaps even helpful to someone out there.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

One Touched Up Watercolour




Two days of messing up paintings.
I scanned the worst one and digitized it in photopaint. The top image is the original.
The bottom image the digital version.
Maybe I can fix the original or maybe I will start over with something completely different.
In any case, I regard it as another learning experience.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Creative Process this week















1. The painting.

2. Converting it to a line drawing.

3. Adding flat colour to the vector file.

4. playing with colour in the vector mode.


Maybe I have broken through the block I have experienced over ths past while.

I've been playing with a rooster drawing this week.

I started with a sketch from about five photos of different roosters I have on hand.

First I made some large rough drawings on a sketch pad.

Then I went back to the drawings and worked one of them up into a more detailed line sketch.


Then I stuck him up on the window and I traced him onto a piece of water colour paper 18" x 24 ".

I painted him with watercolors. After that was done and after staring at him for a couple of days and seeing all the flaws, I decided to make him into a tight line drawing fo scanning. Once into the computer I converted him with Corel TRACE to a vector file and colored him in. I tried out a few different ways. I can go on forever with this. It is fun. Not productive at all (maybe) but fun.

And below you can see the little animation I made as an experiment.

So. Now what? Hmmmm.