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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 ūüôā 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.

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

polar bear

I have always worn a polar bear charm, which I’d like to consider a good luck charm. I guess it was just about time to include it into one of my illustrations. In order to make the design more intriguing I added strings to the penguins as well as the eskimos – it gives the illustration some of the needed contrast, too.

The illustration is done in prismacolors, acrylics and a lot of (white) gesso.