Lighthouse Island

February 28, 2015

Several years ago I got to visit Isle Royale in Lake Superior. We did lots of boating, hiking, and of course took lots of pictures! Here is one of my favorites: Menagerie Lighthouse. I used this photo as my inspiration--and color guide!

Pen & ink, digital color
Find it in my Storybird shop!
CS Lewis

IF: Reflection

February 27, 2015
Mentioned briefly in "The Last Battle" is Swanwhite the Queen, so beautiful that her reflection lingers in the forest pool for a year and a day afterward. I imagine that the dryads would come out and look at it after she'd gone.

Pen and ink, scanned & cleaned up in Inkscape and digitally colored. There's a bit of the sketch on my instagram. And hurrah!--we are two months into 2015 and I have so far kept my Not-Officially-Resolution to post something every week for Illustration Friday. 

Sailing on a Leaf

February 25, 2015
I sketched this last fall for Inktober. It took me a while to get it scanned, cleaned up, and colored, but this adventurous little lady is now featured in my Storybird and Society6 shops!

Here's the original idea scribbled in a margin, and the pen and ink sketch:

The time has come, the artist said...

February 24, 2015 get an Instagram account 'specially for Art! I usually post more process and sketchbook shots on instagram than on my blog, and maybe I'll get out some of my Very Ancient Sketchbooks for throwback Thursdays. Come follow me! AmandaIllustrates

Hermit Fairy--Process

February 20, 2015

Yes, I'm still thinking about seashells! 
I enjoyed creating the designs for this pair of friends. 
Here's a look at my process:
Inks, scanned and cleaned up--I like to use Inkscape for a clean vector image
Next, flat colors and colored linework done in Corel Painter X.
Final step: highlights, shadows, and a bit of texture!
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IF: sleep

February 18, 2015
Sleep? What's that supposed to mean?
A super-quick pen and ink sketch for Illustration Friday.

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If: noise

February 12, 2015
This week's word was "noise". There's been a lot of this kind of noise around our house this week. :)

Yikes, remind me never to use this particular nib/ink/paper combination again! It was rather dreadful. And to top it all off, halfway through my pen dropped a big splotch of ink, so my girl got an unfortunate impromptu hairstyle adjustment.

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