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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Children's Book Illustration: Vicuna

They're not llamas.
They're a much cuter cousin.

They're called Vicuna and they live in the Andean Mountains. I learned all
about them as part of my assignment
creating a concept for a 
children's book illustration.
Christina Mann children's book illustration of Vicuna -- Sweet and Saucy, giving Raspberries!

What do you look for in children's books?
Cheeky little characters?
Finely detailed art?
Graphic shapes and colors?


I explored a variety of moods and approaches
with this assignment.


I painted Vicuna with watercolors...
Christina Mann children's book illustration of Vicuna

and played around with different marks and textures, even getting a bit strange with some choices.


Then I just painted watercolor patterns,  manipulating and layering them digitally to merge with my Vicuna shapes...
Christina Mann children's book illustration of Vicuna
which achieved a dreamy and ephemeral look.

Next, I used color pencils...
Christina Mann children's book illustration of Vicuna
which created a nice, soft look. The watercolor flora and clouds bring in a bit of dreaminess again.


Christina Mann children's book illustration of Vicuna -- Sweet Version. The Saucy one is giving Raspberries!

But in the end I fell in love with the gouache version. Here she is embellished with watercolor Peruvian lilies and rug.

I enjoyed making her sweet, but then wanted to have my characters do something a bit playful, maybe even a bit ornery. 

Christina Mann children's book illustration of Vicuna -- Sweet and Saucy, giving Raspberries!


So I painted them giving raspberries.

Christina Mann children's book illustration of Vicuna -- Sweet and Saucy, giving Raspberries!

You can see my assignment and other
artists' take on it at the 
Make Art That Sells Bootcamp Gallery
{HERE}

On a more serious note,
Vicuna have been hunted for their
exquisitely soft fur, which pushed them to
endangered status.

The people of the Andes
conduct a round-up every 3 years
to shear the Vicuna. It takes that long to
grow the fur. Vicuna have slowly made a comeback, but poaching still happens.

May the Vicuna with their
big dark eyes and lashes be free
to roam and play
in the Andes
forevermore!


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Catching Fish With My Watercolor Brush - Without a Net



These days I'm painting without a net!
Yet I was still able to capture this 
little goldfish with my paintbrush.

I've been participating
as I'm able in the June painting challenge with
Jennifer Orkin Lewis, 
also known as August Wren.

I love Jennifer's work and watching her paint!
It really inspires me to jump in and paint.

I've been getting bold and not even sketching before painting these lovelies--I'm painting without a net. It's been very freeing! 

Thought I'd share a little something here.
You can see my other watercolors