Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Every little kitty needs a hero - Illustration Friday

What's happening here?

by Sandra Jessop, watercolor pencil and ink

Queen Anne's masking fluid work in progress

I've been working on some drawings for a farm story, and decided to test out an idea for Queen Anne's lace flowers.   I wanted to be able to include these because I remember as a child, stopping beside the road to pick these flowers, and then placing them in colored water to watch them slowly take on the new color.  This still fascinates me.

Here are the steps, minus a few photos.  What can I say, I was in the moment.

Step One:  Apply masking fluid.
 Remember that wherever you place masking fluid will be white.  For this painting, I wanted the Queen Anne's flowers to be white.  On the image below, the masking fluid is blue.  The color of masking fluid may vary according to brand, but it's there so you can see where you are putting it.  

Step Two: Paint watercolor.
After the masking fluid dries, use watercolor paints for the grassy field around the flowers.  I used green and blue with a little yellow.  Just throw some color down and have fun. I love to let them mix together on the paper.  For another fantastic effect, drop a pinch of salt onto the watercolor while it is still wet, for a soft dappled look.  I used that technique for Winter Reindeer Sleigh

I am using a hot pressed 6 x 8" Fluid watercolor paper block and a Molotow masking fluid pen

Step Three:  Remove masking fluid.  
Once everything is completely dry, I use a pink eraser to rub away the masking fluid.  You can use your finger, but this is what I found works best for me.   I think this might be my favorite part as the white of the paper shines through again.

Step Four: Final adjustments.  
This is when I add details, such as stems, leaves, and the distant mountain.  

And that's it!  This is a very small painting, but the technique can be used at any size.  

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Reindeer sleigh watercolor illustration

I love 'before and after' so I will go ahead and share another one.  I started sketching ideas  for this back in December, for the Illustration Friday topic "Winter". 

But December is always busy, and I set this project aside to do other things.  I didn't forget about it because I taped it to my wall.  It was just there, every day, waiting to be painted.  I even sat underneath it drawing other things, like cows and chickens, and kids chasing chickens.

Today, it's finished.  Yay!  My daughter can't wait to turn this into a Christmas card and add glitter to it.  We've still got time, right?

©Sandra Jessop, "Winter". Watercolor, 9x12

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Cat illustration - Happy New Year!

I've decided to get back to the Creative Every Day group this year, so here is my first contribution.  

While sitting around enjoying time with my family, I picked up some nearby paper (grocery list was on the previous page) and made a couple drawings of the cats before they moved.  This was colored in Procreate Pocket on my phone.  It was a fun way to play around with colors and tools.  I'm still getting used to all the different techniques that can be applied, but it was fun and creative.  And that's the point!  I won't learn which is my favorite without experimenting.  

And no, the cat is not on the table, but on the box that will hold Christmas ornaments when I get around to that. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Christmas Puppy watercolor illustration

Years ago I would take oil paints, a field easel, and set up in a field or beside a river and paint away.  I still have one of those New Hampshire paintings hanging on my wall today and it reminds me of all the walks I took with our dogs when we lived there.  It's sort of like a photograph, but it took a lot longer.

Yesterday I sat outside with watercolors and created a little illustration to celebrate the holiday season, and my aging dog.  She can't quite hike as far as she used to, but she still loves to go for a walk and would still chase a bunny if I let her.  

©SandraJessop, Christmas Puppy. Watercolor, 4x4

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Summer Rain children's illustration

©Sandra Jessop, Summer Rain. Watercolor, 9x12

I took a Character Design workshop with the Illustration Dept.  and this is the final watercolor illustration and pencil sketch.
Reversing the boy on the left helped the balance of the whole piece.  The frogs were in one of the original drawings, and I brought them back for the final.  I think they make it a little more fun.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Shooting star children's illustration

 For Illustration Friday's topic Outer Space 

Playing around with Tayasui Sketches digital watercolor.