So a friend of mine had a request. Requests make me nervous, but I like to try. They make me nervous because I might just not be able to do it. And I hate to fail. Though I am getting better at it. And I am learning to try again instead of just accepting defeat. I like trying even though it makes me nervous because maybe I will be able to do it and that ends up a great success as well as someone being happy.
So her request was a rooster. And I thought it was a great little story behind that. Apparently, some years back, she watched her granddaughter’s place and her chickens. I am told she loves her chickens! Well while my friend was in charge one of the roosters died. Granddaughter was very upset. So she is asking for a rooster t-shirt to give to her.
Now I tried a rooster and two things went wrong. One I was using a new medium, some nice markers I had gotten. And two I was trying to improve on my photo. It was the worst looking rooster I have ever seen! I won’t even show it, it was that bad. But like I said I have gotten to where I will try more than once, so back to the drawing board.
So I found another picture, one with more colors in it so I could stick closer to the picture and still get the colors she wanted. Then I switched to a medium I have worked in, soft pastels. What a difference those two things made!
So this is what I finally came up with! I am really pleased with him. Is he so detailed so as to look real? No, but still, he is one proud cock-a-doodle-do! Now, if you are interested in getting something with this design check out my store!
So yesterday I tested the waters with my old pastel/acrylic mix. I wasn’t all that satisfied with the results, and I didn’t do all that I used to do with the acrylic, but I want to give it another go. I’ve got some different pictures of the same model, a muskox, and I’m hoping I learned a little. We’ll see how it goes when I get a chance to breathe, that will be Thursday I hope.
I am so behind. I don’t know how many of these I’ll be able to do this month. I need to paint some stuff I know I will succeed at, might even go back to pastel/acrylic for a while. I need product for future designs.
I did however manage to get a couple of watercolors done late. First are the Northern Lights:
The more I look at it the less I like it. I just couldn’t get it. This is even a second try, the first looked like the sky had broken open. Like something Dr. Who needed to come and fix! Ooh yeah, that crack that doctor number 11 had to deal with!
Next are the pelicans:
I like these guys, they just aren’t in the right place. They need to shift to the right. Still, it isn’t too bad.
I didn’t even bother with today’s. I looked at pictures of fossils and didn’t like anything I saw. I swear this month’s prompts are harder than the ones from last month! Okay, well I’ll talk to y’all later!
Tchau (not a misspelling, it is Portuguese for and sounds just like ciao, and is the same as good-bye in English)
Okay, I don’t usually do do-overs. I know really I should. It is just my attention span is about the equivalent of a doorknob! But for a friend I did the turtle over, doing just one this time. I’m still not happy with it, but it is better than the melting ones!
So I got the book in that is going to be my next…first…painting project. I am going to still try to do all the doodlewashes, but this one is just for me, and for my store.
So it is a massive book of animals. For whatever reason I do fairly well with animals if I put my mind to it. Well, except that cheetah I posted on here. Should have done him in color and should have left the background alone. But most of the time I do well. I have done my last dog, a puffin, the lion that hardly anyone here liked, but I love, I’ve done an egret, and so on. So I thought it would be fun to try. I had no idea the book would be so huge, but I’ll just do one per animal and see how it goes.
I also want to do a flower book, I’m not as good at flowers so that is going to come later we’ll see how that goes when the time comes. I’m excited though, I love animals, all of them! Except worms, ewwww.
I don’t that I will use strictly watercolor. I am still learning with that. I might try, but I may go back to some pastel and acrylic. It’s been a while since I did that. It might be fun to go back to that again. We’ll just have to wait and see!