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.  

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Dog Trainer illustration

The little girl who wants a real dog.

There are only so many tricks you can teach a stuffed dog.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Mouse on a mushroom

"Mouse on a mushroom" 
©SandraJessop, Watercolor, 9x12"

The final piece and the initial drawing from my sketchbook.
I love this little guy!  I kinda wonder if he was the one who ate the tops off my sunflower seedlings this week.  I have never tried to grow sunflowers intentionally.  Usually I just leave what sprouts up from what the birds drop, and am rewarded with sunflowers.  

This year I thought I'd try planting some on my own, in different parts of the garden to see where they do best.  So far the seedlings have sprouted up everywhere, but the last two nights, in one of those spots, someone has been eating the tops of the baby sunflowers!  At first I thought it was a bunny, sneaking in through the front gate, so I put a slightly raised screen over the dirt.  But the next morning more were gone.  Someone got underneath!  I've lost 10 so far, but there are still more growing.  

Last year I had the best crop of tomatoes I've ever grown in Arizona, but the birds ate AT LEAST half before I could pick them.  I guess they do get up earlier than I do.  Here's a link to the illustration of one of those thieves.