In my previous ramble update, I spoke about a painting that I couldn’t show you, but now with the auction coming up on September 16th, I can! A bunch of you have already seen the painting floating around on Facebook, but I thought a few more peeks would be fun to stare at!
I didn’t had a real idea of what I wanted to paint. I only wanted to incorporate a sense of freedom. How vague does that sound huh? Haha. Either way, I googled some references and came across one with the pose you see below, I think that printed the reference as soon as I saw it as I can’t find it anywhere on my laptop! Either way, I was immediately drawn to it and decided to use it as a base.
Sketch, sketch! I drew the lady on a smaller scale first and after scanning, I drew her on an A4 size paper. I had a vague idea about the background and flowers where the only thing floating in my mind. I decided to only focus on the lady first.
With colored pencils I drew the flow of the water and then I started to add layers of paint. I also got a better idea of the background, but looking back… it was kind of a big risk that I took. I started to drop colors, like blops of greens, blue and a mixture of various colors to create a nature background…I seriously had a few moment where I though “Now why the %*^&* did I do that?!”…
At this point I was also thinking “Ehm…this doesn’t look like something I’d normally paint…”, so I proceeded bugging my sisters and asking if it was looking okay. I usually just have to keep on going when I reach this stage of pondering haha. So that’s exactly what I did…
Excuse the light. The day turned in to evening before I knew and I was working in the living room and the light gets pretty crappy for pictures there. As you can see, I started to bring out the flowers and grassy areas at the front and soft, misty bushes and trees in the back.
Final touches!! Some sparkles here and there!! She just had to have some sparkles haha.
Voila! The Goddess of Nature is born ^_^. I hope she brings lots of luck to the cause and that she goes to a good home as well. The illustration is done completely with watercolors and a touch of black, pearly and gold ink. The size is 30 x 25 cm.
My painting and many others, will be auctioned this upcoming Sunday, September 16th. As soon as I know more about the auction details, I’ll mention here, Facebook & Twitter. All proceeds go to the cause and I will be shipping the painting. So the buyer can expect a lovely TJ package ^_^. For now you can read more by going to this article “Countdown To Song of Sahel Auction“. You can find more art over there as well!
With this, I shall leave you…
Till next time, everyone!
Staring post for you todaaaaaay!
Just like my Floating Rapunzel one, I kept track of how I painted my header on my FB page (hmm I think I need to switch up the one on my blog as well soon!). I painted lots of line-ups during that time and I still have a few planned. I found it a good way for me to pick a subject and experiment with how I would draw e.g. unicorns and create a fun image that could be turned into possible print. There are so many things to be captured on paper that I sometimes don’t even know where to start.
A few lined-ups that I created so far are for sale in my Etsy store as well. Sooo get your favorite while you can, because I’m not sure if I’ll prints available.
Hmm what else can I tell you? Not much to add I think. I always have the same routine when I create my art. Research – sketching (lots of sketching) – final sketch – inking – painting – final details – scanning – minor editing – done! That’s it! However, if you have a specific question, just leave it in your comment ^_^.
I FOUND MORE hidden in a folder ^_^! I really like the dragons and the pictures are scattered on my FB page, so I figured adding it in on post would be easier haha.
Not a whole lot of pictures this time
Have a lovely day!!
Can you recall me chatting about a bigger painting I did?
Well let me tell you a bit more ^_^ The painting got commissioned by the brother of one of my very lovely friends, Ms. Tricia aka Tershbango. The people who read my blog for a longer period of time know that my friendship with Tricia started with a doodle and…a Prince Charming. There are a few posts that you can have a peek at and I shall list them here if you want to have a trip down Memory Lane.
Chapter 1: Peeking into a Chrystal Disco Ball.
I can’t tell you how amazing it is to be a part of people’s lives by doing illustration work for them. It truly is one of the best feelings in the world. And in this case I was present (in doodle spirit but still I was there!) at the weddings of Tricia AND her brother! Yes, you could only imagine my surprise and excited when Neil, Tricia’s brother, contacted me for a wedding presents for his wife Reena. I got the free hand and the only requirements where to add their cats, their names/wedding date and the logo of Hell’s Kitchen where he proposed to her.
So I got to work and I can share some peeks of what I did as they got the painting and it’s already hanging proudly on their wall! The scene is a personal element that Neil did for Reena, he sang to her on their wedding day and it was a traditional Indian wedding. I could capture so many things, but eventually settled for this as for me it really captured something that was entirely of them. The singing, the Indian elements. The elephant which stands for loyalty, trust, strong foundation…all things you should have in a marriage. The border is Reena’s actual henna tattoo (mehndi) that I re-drew and gave it a gold antique feel to it and of course, lots and lots of color and glitter and little details. But okay, the pictures! I added a bunch of pictures to my Flickr stream as it’d be easier to watch. Otherwise this post would be huge. You can click here to see it on Flickr or…click the slideshow below. Whatever you prefer.
That’s it! What do you think? It was a bit of challenge as the painting is one of the biggest I ever done, but in the end after switching up my concept for a few times, I do like how it turned out and most importantly…Reena and Neil and their family loved it! Mission succeeded!
Neil & Reena…let me thank you again for this wonderful opportunity and for your patience (especially Reena hehe) and I wish you all the luck & happiness in the World!!
I do want to point out that if you want have something created for yourself or to give as gift, don’t hesitate to contact me as soon as you can. It takes time to brainstorm and agree to a solid idea and if there’s a deadline involved, a rush fee will be added as I have to push other commissions aside for a bit (a clone would be handy every now and then haha). So…you can simply email me with your idea(s) and a possible deadline, then we can go from there. I’ll get back to you with more information and pricing as soon as I can. Payment in installments is possible if the price is on the higher side. E-mail – email@example.com
Hope you liked the peeks and I’ll be showing more commission peeks soon. I haven’t really done this huh? No fear as I have a bunch lined up for you hehe.