Highlight’s Advanced Illustrator Workshop was fantastic! This character came out of the quick character development sketch during Kelly Murphy’s painting demo. (She’s a wonderful artist and teacher!) The first thing that came to mind was that I couldn’t find my hairspray that morning, and if this illustration gig doesn’t work out for me, I’ll take up bird watching with my birds’ nest frizzy hair. Kelly uses a mixed media technique that builds up the values first and then layers in color. I often refer to her artwork/website because of her use of color, tones and mood.
Even though I paint mostly digital, and did so for this illo, I cannot dismiss the need to become reacquainted with traditional mediums. The computer is just one tool that mimics most art techniques. We worked with watercolor washes, acrylic, oils glazes, pastels, pencil, and woodcut demo for printmaking throughout this workshop. I’m so thankful for this experience with a wonderful group of talented artists. To keep this experience going at home, I decided to repurpose my illo into a book cover. I thought this would be a fun fictitious book cover. I hope you like it and feel free to comment.
I’ll be posting more about the workshop soon.
Have wonderful day drawing and creating.