Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lighthouse Island

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!

Friday, February 27, 2015

IF: Reflection

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. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sailing on a Leaf

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:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The time has come, the artist said... 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

Friday, February 20, 2015

IF: Metropolis

Mark my words, there's an Aunt at the bottom of it.

Hermit Fairy--Process

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!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

IF: sleep

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

Thursday, February 12, 2015

If: noise

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.

Thursday, February 5, 2015