I had a great time at Paint Webster this past weekend. I was really impressed with all of the work from the over 100 artists that participated this year; it was really inspiring!
A sweet swimming watercolor seal, from sketch to finish. This illustration began with a pencil sketch, then several layers of watercolor, and a bit of ink to finish.
A few recently-painted critters...
All of the above were created with watercolor & pen/ink, and as you may have noticed, I've been on a green/blue kick. You can find the Sloth Valentine on a card in my Zazzle shop.
I was recently asked to paint two pet portraits. It was fun to capture each of the dogs' personalities in watercolor & ink!
A few people recently have asked me about the process of my watercolor illustrations, so I decided to shoot a couple of photos of my Sea Dragon illustration while I was creating him.
Most of my illustrations begin with a doodle in my sketchbook. This doodle may have been inspired by a dream, a funny experience, or a random thought that popped into my head. I usually feel most comfortable using a black ballpoint pen for my doodles.
My next step is to sketch out the creature lightly in pencil, and then watercolor over the sketch. After the watercolor is dried, I use ink for the linework. In this case I used India ink with a pen nib. I also highlighted a few areas with colored pencil.
I finished him up with a green mat and a fun frame. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the finished Sea Dragon!
Here's a peak at some of the new watercolor illustrations I've been working on...these and more will be available at the upcoming event: TRANSLATIONS.
I'm an illustrator with an affinity for octopi. I love using watercolor and ink, and really enjoy working with the book form. View some of my story books, coloring books, and critter illustrations in my shop. Also, visit my Facebook page & Instagram feed.