These are scans of the original and the 3d card. I didn’t look at these until after I did the new version. It’s funny how the image has changed a bit.
I painted this image about 14 years ago in my purple & silhouetted people phase. The original was done in watercolor and acrylic on a brown paper shopping bag. Two years ago, I recreated it digitally in order to make a template so I could build a three-dimensional Valentine’s card from it for a small competition (it won). This time, I decided to go back to the rough digital and clean it up to make it available for sale on Greeting Card Universe. Conveniently, it also happens to fit this week’s Illustration Friday theme.
The inside of the card reads, “Of every heart, I choose yours. Be my Valentine!” I realize it’s a bit of an odd image for a Valentine’s Day card, but Happy Valentine’s Day!
What is it about February? I had actually finished the pencil sketch for this one when I realized I drew pretty much the same idea a year ago for “crash.” That was posted February 9th of last year if you’re curious. This version is a lot better. I can definitely see myself improving as I go along. Drawing 29 pages of book in the last 2 months helped quite a lot too (4 more pages left to draw and then I get to start coloring it). Incidentally, you may notice both cats have little hearts on their sides. That’s because they’re modeled after our real cat, Char, who really does have a black heart on his left side.
I had a most interesting request to do an alternate version of this illustration. I definately need to draw other ethnicities than my own more often.
Because February 14th is coming up, I wanted to do a valentine.
I found this lovely old sketch in my sketchbook from about 10 years ago that had been waiting to become a painting for some time now. I thought it would be perfect for this week’s Illustration Friday assignment. So I redid it.
This one’s even more mixed media than usual because I actually painted the background in acrylic. I drew the foreground in pencil and scanned it in like I usually do. And for the border, I edited a hand-drawn pattern and made it into little digital “rubber stamp” brushes in Photoshop.
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I haven’t done anything this complex in a while. I wanted to do a period (colonial America) piece that was still fun and not stodgy. I also learned a few things doing this piece. Those beehive baskets are called skeps. And the little greenhouse things are called coldframes. You can also buy both on the internet! I think if I was going to do this piece for better accuracy, the skeps should be in the shade.