Just like a food loving messy cook in the kitchen with food splattered everywhere, I'm an art pig with art supplies strewn across my table, especially when I'm working in different mediums. No matter what I do, I just can't keep it organized. I think it would slow down my creative process. But just like cooking, we all approach creativity differently, and that's what makes it so interesting. I've created three pieces of art tonight. If I could keep up this pace, I'd be doing pretty well. As far as my paintings go, that's a different story; those have to percolate ( as my artist friend puts it ). Or "ferment" as another artist I know says. Just glad to know that I'm not the only one that has paintings sitting on easels ( or floors ) forever!
The art I previously posted below is finished, and I'm having a great time making products for my TunaBaby store from it. This is a perfect party invite for your little flower fairy. Completely customizable. I'm onto Holiday art after the piece on my drawing table is completed. Click on the picture to see the full invitation. The backside is a different layout from the front. Thanks so much for popping by!
I absolutely love decorating the shipping box of a painting before it goes to its new owner. I'm just so grateful for the purchase that the package should be announced in a special way. And maybe, just maybe, the shipping company will handle it with special care when they see it. Or maybe they'll dislike the illustration and really throw it around! lol!
I just can't let a plain, huge, white box ship without saying something on it. It's just another canvas to me. This one is on its way to Florida and it's the Amphitrite painting. Click on the box to see the painting framed where it's available as a print from my Redbubble site.
It's not even Easter, yet this is one of my best selling tees right now in my Zazzle store. I guess it could really be worn year round with those adorable lab puppies in the bike baskets with flowers, and that cute little stylized female steering the bike. Available in many colors and styles. Click on the tee for more info.
Most of the time, I draw the face first so I know who is in the painting that helps me to know where to take the finished piece as far as color and look. I was thinking about purple birthday wishes that lead to this visual. Maybe it should have been a purple flower, but a yellow one won out. I always love to see how other artists work. I find it a never ending fascination. I didn't show it here, but I always start out sketching lightly what's in my head in pencil. I very rarely use reference and I don't trace anything, unless it's something that I designed and I want to go onto a light box to change a few things. I still work in a very traditional way, even though I do know how to do many things in Photoshop. I truly love the look of hand drawn art colored with traditional mediums. Here, I'm working in Copic markers along with colored pencils , watercolor and gouache for the background. It still needs to be tweaked and cleaned in PS, but this will give you an idea of where I'm going with it. I've outlined the flower and fairy in pen, so to make it easier for me to separate it from the background allowing for other uses for the art. For art licensing, it gives you the freedom to design variations from the main illustration.
Laura J. Holman
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