Thursday, December 28, 2017

"Plant" for Illustration Friday

So Henry bought his first plant.  He read that keeping an aloe in the house purifies the air.  He wanted to be a healthy bear, so he sat in the chair nearby, and talked to his new plant every day.  After awhile he got tired of calling it "plant" and decided it needed a name.  What is a good name for an aloe?

Thursday, December 21, 2017

"Shopping" birds - Illustration Friday

Sandra Jessop, "Shopping", digital watercolor.

Still experimenting with Tayasui Sketches.  My goal today, while cookies baked and chili simmered, was basically to not give up on this drawing, and see it through to a somewhat finished piece.  Are there things I would change?  Sure.  But I'm also trying to be kind to myself and have fun!  Hey, I was successful today.  I created.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Nightmare Bear for Illustration Friday, digital

Well here it is, my first digital submission for Illustration Friday. I’ve been learning how to use Tayasui Sketches on the iPad mini. I watched a few demonstrations and reviews, but had to make my own mistakes. The most important lesson has been how to work in layers. The tool I find most enjoyable is, naturally, the watercolor brush. I played around with the free version over the summer, but finally decided to upgrade to Pro, to give it a fair trial. The more I use it, the more fun it is. Maybe someday I'll be ready for a fancy upgrade, but for now my stylus pen is working.

The bottom image was my first attempt after the "ghost of Christmas Future" stood behind me at a variety show.  It was disturbing.  Though my daughter liked the illustration, I wasn't sure how I felt about it.  So I made the second one above of the small figure being chased by a bear.  Again, it's a learning curve, but at least I've figured out how to mix colors.  So simple.  I'm glad I got this far.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Wealth - for Illustration Friday

"Wealth" ©SandraJessop

It's been awhile since I posted something for Illustration Friday, so here she is!  Queen Isabella.  I consulted my daughter many times to arrive at this final illustration.  We did some drawings and then sat down to paint across from each other.  It's nice to be able to encourage each other that way!