Illustration in Procreate on iPad Pro. Watch more art videos on my YouTube channel
Here’s a quick rough color sketch from a book that I’m currently working on, which tells the story of a self-made tin man with a green thumb who saves the city and his landfill with the help of a creative girl… now back to developing the storyboard…
As I’m working to get my latest project in the hands of publishers, I’ve designed a promotional postcard. I love how it came out! The illustrations show a spread from my new picture book dummy and B&W spot illustration for the back of the postcard, also from that project.
I’m itching to get the printed cards. Seeing my work in print, even if it’s just a small postcard, is one more step in the right direction!
My sweet betta fish swimming gracefully in his 3 gallon tank is very entertaining. He has three tetra fish as companions but they turned out to be quite aggressive toward each other. Apparently you can’t keep a small school of tetras in a 3 gallon tank, as they attack one another. If you don’t know fish, what they would do is nudge and chase each other, making everybody’s tiny lives a total misery. I started out with four, ending with two. Then got nine more, thinking that having more company will ease their anxieties, but ended up with these three brave survivors (or big bullies).
Such huge drama from a small fish…
Anyway, I meant to write about my betta, who while all that was taking place, minded his own business and got himself acquainted with all the soft hiding spots in his little domain. He even has a nice hammock to hang out close to the water surface and blow some air bubbles if he so chooses.
Here is a picture of him swimming next to one of his Marimo balls.
Of course when I sat down for my daily sketch work he provided inspiration for this illustration, which as art goes ended up with colors quite different than the original subject of the picture. Let’s just say that mister Fish was the MUSE of this piece. And that’s a big thing for this little guy.
Here’s the illustration (note the tetras in the background):
Had to flex my sketching muscles today (and the day before, but that piece isn’t done and I’ll post it later on). Made some textures in PS and then drew these lovely maidens. Aren’t they nice?