- Drawing in a permanent sketch book-11x14 or bigger
- After drawing, outline it w/ a sharpie, and photo copy it. (So I wont tear it out of book)
- Using a light box and a 2h pencil, I transfer my drawing
- Using Manganese Blue, perm. Rose, and some ultramarine blue and turq. I shadow the whole painting..This is called disappearing purple. Learned this from Judy Tremaines book. I drop in colors into the shadow to give it some interest.
- After it is dry, I start adding color.
- You just keep painting until you get it dark enough. I try to use enough paint for it to work the first time.
- For the sky, you have to mix your blues and pinks, and get the color/darkness you want. I normally paint it last but is ok to do it first if you want. You have to be careful around all the edges.
- When finished, I take white gouache and make icicles, etc. then take an old toothbrush and put white on it, and then using your thumb flip the snow onto it.
- Let dry. If you are ok w/ it. Then you photo it.
- Take it outside in the shade…NEXT to where the sun is. Make sure your flash is off. Lay it flat on the ground, or table whatever. I use the patio, stand over it as much as possible and take your photo. I always take several so I will have a good one in the bunch. Usually I have a blurry one.
- Now you are ready to put it on your computer, crop it, enhance, etc. if need be. I always have to do the auto correct. It brightens it up. Plus I use the eraser tool to make the lights bright, etc.
- Now you are ready to make your card!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Christmas Painting Steps
This is what I do from start to finish on my snow families: