Happy Birthday USA!
Here is a spot created by the immensely talented children’s book illustrator Amy Wummer. Watercolors on bristol board.
For more of Amy’s work, see here and click on the word Illustration.
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One year our shore vacation was a total washout. It was sunny the day we arrived, and the day we left. In between was some of the worst weather we’ve ever experienced. High winds, torrential rains; one night the ocean breached the dunes and sent a few waves into the streets. After that the bay flooded the other side of the island. There was only one thing left to do. We put on our rain gear and hit the beach anyway.
Here is our lovely figure model, sketched with watercolor crayon on a piece of watercolor board that I “prepped” by splashing a few colors on it first and then letting them dry before drawing her.
Here’s a controlled drawing of one of our nieces relaxing lakeside, with a good book.
with a twist. Our lovely model was actually facing us, but I chose to paint her shadowed image reflected in the mirror. Then I added another, imaginative mirror as a focal point. Double Mirror Monday!
This is from a portrait workshop that I attend on occasion. I use this opportunity to try to hone my drawing skills, and also as a way to study value in preparation for color work. By grouping highlights, mid tones and shadows with each other, a composition becomes more cohesive, and thus easier to paint.
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Here’s a tranquil scene from a past shore vacation. Bocce on the beach, a competitive sport played in a relaxed setting with no time limits.
This was painted from a photo I took of a very pleasant evening; the sun was setting behind us; in front, a cool ocean breeze drifted across the waves; and beverage refills were an arms’ length away.
Watercolors and gouache on Arches paper.
Here is our lovely figure model in a gorgeous ten minute pose that I first rendered in pencil and afterwards converted it to a watercolor sketch. I’m compiling quite a volume of drawings from her work.
It took a bit longer than “quick” for me to draw a portrait of one of our stalwart figure models (more like 40 minutes), but once I drew it in pencil, it was easy to create a watercolor sketch from it. This is painted fast and loose in order to keep the spontaneous look and feel of water media.
Here is our lovely figure model, doing her best diva impression. This is the fifth entry in my mirror series.