Monday, January 31, 2011

And now for something a little different - garden shoes anyone?

I have been having fun exploring Zazzle's products offerings. With spring on the brain lately (could it have anything to do with the foot of snow we are expecting tomorrow??), I have created some wonderful, new -- wait for the drum roll -- SHOES!

I am thinking these would make fantastic and fun gardening shoes - what do you think?

Check out my shoes page to see more designs.

Sending warm thoughts your way!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Red Eft Studio Promotion and Contest!

This is the first time I have done this, but the artwork is fantastic and features some of my favorite media to view (ink and watercolor), so I just had to spread the word!

Red Eft Studio, a blog I have been following, is having a promotion and contest in January and February. The artist will be posting a small pen & ink & watercolor painting each day, each available for purchase for $28.

On the last day of February, the names of everyone who comments on her blog during February will be put into a hat and a name drawn out. The winner will get to choose any one of the paintings she paints this month. 
Here is the first of the paintings - my favorite water bird! If you don't win it or buy it, I will! :)
So go - look, enjoy and comment. Maybe you will be a winner!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cyclamen - finished! Ink and colored pencil.

Here is the finished cyclamen. I think it turned out pretty well, I always end up feeling like I used a heavier hand than intended when I see the final product, but if I let it rest for a few days and come back to it, I tend to like it more. I think this just is my style of colored pencil work at the moment and that's OK! :)

Hope you enjoy!

Find new products at Zazzle featuring this illustration!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cyclamen in progress - adding color

I've started to add colored pencil to the cyclamen drawing. Still have a good bit to go and lots of shading to add, but it's coming along!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

New Facebook Page for CCreech Studio - please stop by!

Hi everyone,

I have created a new Facebook page to showcase my work, especially my Zazzle store products. Please stop by CCreech Studio and take a look! And don't forget to click the "Like" button if you would like to have automatic updates.

Thanks for your support and have a creative week!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cyclamen in progress - ink and colored pencil

I'm working on a drawing of a cyclamen that I pieced together from sketches I did from a live plant a few years ago. It's fun paging through the sketchbook and seeing what I might turn into a more finished drawing. I am going to do this one in ink and colored pencil (I really like that combination...) I've got a basic line drawing down and am starting to add some color to the stems. Need to research a bit to make sure I get the colors/shading correct on the petals. Stay tuned for updates and have a great weekend!

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Valentine's Day Cards

I've been working on some new designs for my Zazzle store. Please stop by and take a look at the two new Valentine's Day cards that are now available:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Garlic Scapes - ink and colored pencil

I finally had a chance to do a color version of my garlic scapes drawing from last year. This was done in pen and ink and colored pencil and the image is about 5 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches high. I did the pen work first, using my Rapidograph 3x0 (.25) size nib. I really like the fine line that I get with this size and think it works well when adding color with pencil later. I did do a thicker trace over the outer edge of the stems so it reflects a slightly larger pen size. In the original ink drawing, I had used a size 0 (.35) nib for the stem outline.

For the colored pencil, I used Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, layering permanent green olive (9201-167) first on the stems, then adding pine green (9201-267), darkening the edges for some form/shadow. I used a light wash of earth green yellowish (9201-168) on the bulbs and some on the stems as well in the lighter areas. Finally, I added some chrome green opaque (9201-174) to darken the stems (they are kind of darker/duller in real life) and then burnished with ivory (9201-103) over the whole thing to blend everything together and dull some of the brighter areas. I think it turned out pretty well and it's fun to finally see it in color!
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