Thursday, August 26, 2010

Late Day Shadows

Now I am getting a bit nervous about how this will work in the quilted media style. I may do the illustration in a couple styles.

Does the addition of the bird and nest make you nervous that the eggs may be doomed? I am hoping that the tree looks bowed, and the viewer will wonder what will happen after he lets go of the branch. In the original folktale, things don't work out well for the elephant. In rewriting the story, I may just teach the elephant a lesson about greed instead of doing him in.

There is also the unique factor missing. My style of borders and intersecting lines that works so well in my watercolors is not yet injected. Will it be too busy in the Quilted Media look? Guess it won't hurt to try.

The Elephant and the Turtle

Starting a new illustration to show at the WTOH conference in September. I want to do a step by step of my new media. This is an African folktale about a Turtle tricking an elephant. In this scene, turtle is enticing elephant with a succulent plant.

I started with a small sketch on a post it to get a quick layout. I scanned the post it, and enlarged it, then redrew it and added the trees and the background, adding detail that I could not get in the small doodle.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Adding a new style to my repetiore

This summer we went to Idaho and spent time with my 93 year old parents. My mom creates these amazing quilts. Last year at our family reunion we all drew on pieces of material; our names, cute pictures.. Over the last 12 months, Mom and some other family members embroidered and sewed that quilt. I was so inspired that I came home and wanted to start quilting. Not being ready to actually pull out the sewing machine, I decided to see what I could come up with digitally.