When I started my illustration career, about 427 years ago, I worked traditionally. I could tell the difference between hot and cold press bristol board and papers. Canson Mi-Teintes was my favorite paper and, when paired with my Prismacolor Pencils, it was a marriage made in heaven for me! I did lots and lots of pen and ink...3 complete sets of Rapidiograph pens bit the dust not to mention countless single pens. Running out of india ink in the middle of an assignment was horrifying (many late night runs to Pearl's art supply!).
Usher in the 2000's and a switch to digital media 16 years ago...how on earth did I survive all those years on pencil and paper alone?!
There was no CMD Z to undo my boo-boos.
Texture actually came from real paper, not an overlay layer set to multiply.
Color studies were done separately and I could only hope the final art looked the same. There was no eye dropper tool to keep the colors consistent.
My list could go on and on about the benefits of …
I am fully embracing the start of 2016! It feels good to shed my 2015 experience and step into a year of intentional and inspirational challenges and grow from there; both professionally and personally.
2015 had it's share of awful stuff...things I didn't plan to encounter. After working for months to get ready for the SCBWI LA conference, I had to cancel at the last minute because I contracted C-DIFF. It's not something you can travel with and it's highly contagious...and yeah, people die from this stuff. The (usually quiet) rheumatoid arthritis that I've had most of my life woke up in the middle of the C-DIFF nightmare. Life halted. Everything changed in the matter of a few weeks.
That unwanted call at the end of July meant I had a choice to make. Do I give in to the temptation of feeling sorry for myself? Get angry at God because I didn't deserve this mess? I can tell you that I didn't choose either one of those options. Instead, I chose to lea…
Watercolor paintings and illustrations are beautiful. And though I've tried, I never quite mastered traditional watercolor. In fact, I never even came close to the images I saw in my head. My color mixes were muddy and my brush hand felt clunky. I took another route and started using colored inks, mixing them with colored pencils, markers and hand-drawn ink lines.
Fast forward to the present. Digital painting makes experimenting with watercolors fun again. There are many, many watercolor brushes in Photoshop that give realistic results. This is good news for someone like me because it allows me to play...and delete...or add...without the stress.