Tag Archives: mixed media

Alice in Wonderland

I was posing for this illustration as reference – 9 month pregnant. It was quiet a challenge to hold this pose until my husband was done taking the picture. Of course, I took out most of my belly 🙂 My husband posed for the rabbit as reference. He wasn’t really happy holding a fragile china dish sipping tea…and than I would replace his head and feet anyhow!

These are my photo references. They were just quickly assembled in photoshop and definitely do not show my photoshop skills. The rabbit’s head was just a place holder for the later  illustration.

This is the digital value study I based the final illustration on.

The final was done in mixed media on illustration board.

personalized mini – paintings

A little while ago I started to create little (6×6″/ 1 5/8″ deep) individualized paintings on canvas. If you are interested in getting a little something for your baby, a friend or your family, please feel free to contact me at andreatripke@gmail.com.

Here are just some examples:

All I need is: the Baby’s/ Person’s/ Family’s Name? Boy/ Girl? Color preference (up to 2 colors)? Image preference?

image ideas: flowers, bumble bee, hearts, sun • moon • stars, fish, owl, houses, cowboy boots, car, train, teddy bear….)

If no color and/ or image preference is picked I will surprise you and come up with my own design.

All paintings are made individually and will differ in a unique way from each other.

Price/ each: $ 40.00 + shipment.

Exhibition at the Mobile Museum of Art

Two of my paintings were displayed in the juried exhibition at the Mobile Museum of Art “Celebrating Our Maritime Heritage: A Coastal Holiday” ! Here are some photos:

The left one is a mixed media illustration on illustration board: “Mobile Bay – Where did the Oil go?”

The painting to the right is done in mixed media on canvas: “Ghost Fish”

I created both paintings as a reminder of the oil spill (Gulf of Mexico) that happened almost 2 years ago.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio is my latest illustration in mixed media on illustration board.

The task was to have ‘Kaleb’ – the little boy – being part of a fairy tale. I thought he would be the perfect counterpart for Pinocchio. Because Pinocchio is still “just” a string puppet I have another string puppet play with him – only the hands are shown. I didn’t want to include the face and/ or body of another figure because it’s not really part of the fairy tale.

I was able to work from really nice photographs that were provided and Kaleb is just the cutest model I can imagine. It was a really fun project.

The Princess & The Pea

Currently I am working on a series of new illustrations for little children. I guess “think pink” describes pretty much the direction I am taking with this project. This illustration is the first  of whimsical little paintings in pastell colors showing princesses, ballerinas, teddy bears and such…whatever a little child might like.

The illustration is done in mixed media. I began with a colored pencil drawing and continued with acrylics and oil washes. The details were added in colored pencils.

colored sketch:

in progress – Acrylics wash on top of a colored pencil drawing:

purple oil wash:

I worked out the details with more acrylics and colored pencils:

Mobile Bay – Where Did The Oil Go?

It’s finished!

While I was painting a subtitle idea for this illustration came to me: “Where Did The Oil Go?” I thought of the oil spill that happened not too long ago and just wanted it to be part of the painting.  Because of it, I had to make some ‘minor’ adjustments such as the black water and the oil dripping from the pelican skeletons. I used a lot of ink besides acrylics and colored pencils on this illustration to give it a dark chalkboard appearance.

The illustration is based on an ink drawing on illustration board (below). I layered acrylic washes and added details with colored pencils and ink.

The Kiss

The idea for “the Kiss” was born when I saw a photograph of myself showing me with this really long stretched face (I don’t even know how I did it). It didn’t take me long to decide that the illustration needed a frog as counterpart. To keep everyone’s attention on  the frog and me, I only  colored the frog and myself and kept the background in light gray, yellow and blue tones.

I started the illustration with an ink line drawing on illustration board. On top of the line drawing I applied layers of prisma colors and acrylics. In addition I used dark oil washes on the woman and the frog to get some texture and to intensify the contrast.

1.sketch   2. ink drawing, acrylic & oil washes   3. in progress

St. Basil’s Getaway


My latest idea is based on an image of the St. Basil’s Cathedral. It is a beautiful cathedral which I wanted to include in one of my illustrations using my favorite polar bear again and a “super – skinny” woman. I started the painting with a prisma color basis (left side – on top: my sketch) and added an acrylic wash (right side). There is still a lot of work to do but I thought I’ll show you a little of what I am doing lately…

It’s done!