I took a lot of time off over the holidays since the boys and my husband were home for a couple of week and we were super busy with family stuff. While the time off was nice, by the end of winter break I was starting to feel cranky from not making any art! Still, getting back to the studio this week I've felt kind of aimless and had trouble getting back in the swing of things. I decided to combat my bad mental soundtrack of "I'll never have any more ideas or ever make any good work again" by just playing with some collage bits and making something just for fun. I've been wanting to do an illustrated alphabet for a while, so I started there, with E for elephant. We'll see what come next!
I was asked to come up with some designs for a Confucius Day card inspired by contemporary chinese brush painting. I had a great time getting out my watercolors and inks and playing around. The final artwork was built digitally using a mix of scanned painted elements, mixed with additional "painted" art created directly in photoshop using a selection of Kyle T. Webster's amazing watercolor and ink photoshop brushes. I LOVE love love these brushes—they really look like watercolors, using my wacom tablet to paint. Plus, you can "undo" any accidents or strokes that you don't like, unlike real paint. You really can't tell what started as a scan and what I painted digitallyMy client selected the design on the left, and we're having it printed on a heavy art watercolor paper. Can't wait to see the final product!