When it came down to it, I liked two value studies enough to continue on with both of them, even though I was sort of sure I was going to pick the one on the right. These are super helpful, even when (like me in this situation) you have a fairly specific idea of what you want. I’m going to work up the right bottom for the final painting. Even though she’s less in focus than the studies on the left, there’s something that feels right about that.
So, the real version of this is being done on illustration board with acrylics. I’ve toned the board purple and have started painting a few elements, so updates when there is a little more to see. :D
“Snow White and Rose Red, will you strike your lover dead?”
I swear when I was a kid I read a version where Rose Red did more in the end besides just marry the bear-Prince’s brother. I thought my sister and I read a version where she saved a prince from death, herself…but I probably made that up, huh? :)
In more recent years, I just love working in color. Usually this manifests itself in all kinds of neon hues and mixed media!
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I have been posting a lot of pencil work but I also enjoy working in ink. Sometimes I grab my extra fine ink pens….sometimes I really just want a cheap ballpoint pen. I can really achieve a much sketchier effect with the ballpoint, but both have nice results. Here are some examples. Some are colored a bit as well.
This was done with different Micron pens. Since they go all the way down to a .005 point they are really up my alley (detail, detail, detail)!
A pretty nymph gazes into the water. This was hand inked but cleaned up a bit in Photoshop.
This was inspired by the classic fairy tale, The Snow Queen but also the children's book I have been working on, which will be a retelling of the classic Rapunzel.
Here's an example of working in ballpoint pen. The hand drawn image was brought into Photoshop where I added a few extras - like the shine in her hair.
Here is something with a much less realistic looking approach, plus I added in some pencil, color pencil and marker.
I love this goofy drawing of the smurf village done on the fly in a notebook.