Tag Archives: whimsical

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.

The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe

This is the sketch the final illustration is based on. I changed the little boy’s face later in the process – giving him a smile.

After transfering the sketch on to the illustration board I penciled in the shades with colored pencils and then added an acrylic wash.

Next I applied a purple/ green oil color wash all over. From here I worked my way to the final with more layers of acrylics and colored pencils. (more…)

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.

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:

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!

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.

Be careful what you fish for

“Be careful what you fish for”  started originally with just the upper part of the illustration. Looking at my first sketches I figured that something was missing… some joke, like a fishtail for the mysterious woman, that is on the little girl’s hook. I wanted to work with a lot of pattern to give my intentional confusing illustration some order and structure.

The painting is done with prismacolors and acrylics on illustrationboard.