It may seem like a long time from sketch to paint, but in between I have been working on a million other things … okay, not a million, but quite a few. It is the irony of my line of work that we have to think in snowflakes in the middle of summer, but planning is everything. I think about Christmas all year long and by Christmas I will be planning spring and summer ecards …
But I finally got around to painting the characters for the Thanksgiving card and I promised to share an update when I did, so you can see the whole process.
|I first paint the leaves and start some slight shading of the squirrel
As you can see, for these I wanted to keep a simple watercolor style, nothing too detailed, to give the card illustration style a relaxed and casual feeling. I therefore limited my usual layering of primary colors to a minimum and instead just worked with colors premixed on the palette. Quite relaxing for a change and fast!
|Working in some shading and details before the final color washes are applied helps make the character pop
|And voila – the first character is done. You will have to wait until the card is released the see the rest 🙂
Since then, they have been scanned, cleaned up (white background removed) and are now ready to be used in animation.
I also painted a LOT of fall leaves and nuts and the centerpiece, an imaginary tree, that sprouts the leaves of a variety of trees. If it sounds a bit strange, you will see that it works quite well visually, making for a nice bouquet of a tree.
|I love Fall – can you tell?
On to key frame sketches for our little squirrel …