Lettering on Behance by pro lettering gurus has sucked up 3-days of my life again this week.
Anytime lettering and illustration are slated for broadcast on Adobe Live, I click to tune in when possible.
Watching pro artists and illustrators teach their work flow is a valuable use of time. Adobe Live Streams showcase guest artists and designers weekly, Tues.-Thurs., with replays that live on the Web infinitum on Behance and YouTube.
Each week features an unique area of design, art, animation, videography, lettering, typography, editorial design, illustration, UX design, or website architecture and layout.
Lettering Pros Share Tips and Workflow
Four lettering pros shared tips and workflow this week,
So, when Winsor & Newton hailed a new line of ink pen and brush markers with an art contest centered on their ProMarkers and BrushMarkers and having a grand prize of a complete set of their ProMarkers, I was in.
Contest Pay to Play
The catch was, I didn’t own any of their markers, and I had only used gel and ink markers in lettering and calligraphy – not illustration. Still I jumped in, cannon ball style, to win their prized markers. To enter, I bought the required Winsor & Newton ProMarkers and downloaded their template. They didn’t want random art, they challenged artists with a template of five flowing lines taken from their iconic, winged lion logo.
Inspired by those five flowing lines and a table full of newly purchased W&N ProMarkers and BrushMarkers, I began a month-long obsessions to create my very first masterpiece.
In the end, I submitted Summer’s End, the first layout I had inked. I knew it was a flop, but I had worked my heart out and felt compelled to enter the contest if for no other reason than to validate my month-long obsession. Summer’s End got four Likes on Winsor & Newton’s Instagram page.
I had allocated so much time to the initial layout and idea phase that little time remained for the final work and inking. No time for a re-work and no time remaining to ink my favorite layout, Kitty Diva.
Still a winner! I have a drawer full of newly-purchased Winsor & Newton markers and a feeling of accomplishment.
The beauty of entering art contests is that you challenge yourself to think outside the box. I mean, I never would have drawn Kitty Diva lounging on a chaise sofa and in a room decorated with fish, were it not for the contest and those five flowing lines.
So, everyone wins when you challenge yourself to be better.
You can color your own Kitty Diva and Summer’s End on the Color page of my website.
Original Contest Rules for Winsor & Newton’s 2016 Contest
Create your artwork – it can be anything you like, but you must use the lines displayed on the template below
Your artwork must be made using mainly ProMarkers and/or BrushMarkers
Upload your picture to Instagram using the hashtags: #InspiredByProMarker and #WinsorNewtonChallenge. You can enter as many artworks as you would like and the closing date is 31 October 23.59 GMT. (Check out the talented artist who entered the contest on Instagram.)
MENTAL NOTE TO SELF
When inking a masterpiece, go small. I had a pro-print of my black line-work made on glossy paper, 17-x-11 inches, for inking with color. I used a lot of ink. No time for blends.
For watercolor, I like to go big. Consider your media.
Winsor & Newton
Founded in 1832 in London by William Winsor and Henry Newton, the company continues to supply artists with paints, brushes, and art papers world wide. Headquartered in England.
Annual Talent Search For a Children’s Book Illustrator
I’ve emerged from my cave after sleeping through the fourth annual Lilla Rogers’s Global Talent Search. I would still be in the dark about the talent search if not for artsy friends on Instagram. Fortuitously, a hash tag led me to a talented network of artist and illustrators who had entered a contest to win agency representation by Lilla Rogers Studio.
Lilla Rogers at Make Art That Sells sponsors an annual Global Talent Search competition to find talented children’s book illustrators. The Grand Prize winner receives agency representation from Lilla Rogers Studio; career development support in illustration; and numerous product licenses. Zowie!
In high school, I learned to shoot pool, AKA billiards, thanks to Saints Hubert and Ellene Watson, our church youth leaders. They adopted me, so to speak, as an honored guest into their home when I was a teen.
Friday nights, Ellene would bake her famous chocolate cake with butter cream frosting and Hube racked up the pool balls for a spirited game of pool.
I have no recollection of helping with dishes and I no doubt scratched the green felt on Hube’s pristine pool table. Nevertheless, they rolled out the red carpet for me, week after week.
Pool balls with stripes and spots
Today, I have my own set of pool balls, displayed in a crystal bowl. They remind me of friendship. I love peering at the ivory balls, much like watching goldfish in a fish bowl.
Beautiful, ivory white balls, each numbered and splashed with bright stripes and spots, ready for a game.
Why not make a painting of pool balls?
You draw what you love. Unfortunately, drawing and painting pool balls for me has led to a stash of failed attempts.
Hubby Darrell had compassion on me and sketched a pool ball with shape in front of my eyes — in a nano second.
Choose a light source, he said. Add shading to give shape and dimension, he said.
Suddenly he transforms a circle into a pool ball.
For me, it does not. So, I continue to study the elusive pool ball.
Back to the Drawing Board
Hopelessly, I asked Darrell to photograph our pool balls, thinking I could draw from the photographs. He photographed each one, individually, with the same light source.
I made a montage illustration in Photoshop by masking and arranging balls to my liking, resizing some.
Undaunted with my failures at painting, I played around with the pool balls in my digital art programs to make a poster.
Bearnadette loves beads, candy, confetti and parades. She began as a doodle for March. I follow artist Ello Lovey, who publishes a Doodle-a-Day list each month. Day 4, Fat Tuesday, was all about Mardi Gras. When I get an idea and start doodling on my iPad, I can’t stop until the fun is over. After spending eight hours on the design, I had made a friend. Bearnadette. I posted a digital image of Bernadette for sale on Etsy in the spirit of Mardi Gras and a city that is rebuilding its history. My how to:Continue reading Bearnadette Goes Mardi Gras
Just finished “Blue Baby, ” a WWII airplane illustration
I’m fascinated by planes because they take me all the places I want to go.
On the other hand, I’m amazed that anything so heavy can soar through the sky, and I’m the first on the plane to grab a barf bag from the pocket in front of my seat at any sudden jiggle the plane makes.
This is my first plane illustration. I named it “Blue Baby” because WWII pilots liked to name their planes. I hope to do some research and illustrate more planes with those foxy names and amazing stories of heroism.
Recently, I saw a photo of President George Herbert Walker in an airplane during WWII when he was a pilot, and written on the side of his plane was “Barbara.”
I can’t help but love planes
My sister was a pilot. My husband flies in his dreams and drew bomber planes having fights in all of his grade-school books.
My brother, who was a paratrooper in Vietnam, loves military planes to the extent that he treks to air shows in California, Wisconsin, wherever, to ride these historical planes.
I’ve listed the plane art for sale on Etsy.com at my Swim Yellow Duck shop. It was a rather fun project. I started with a sketch my husband made me for a cake I was decorating for Veteran’s Day.
I scanned the sketch and turned it into a line drawing on my iPad in the Inkpad App. I love having my portable easel, the iPad, with me whenever imagination strikes.
A favorite Christmas quote from A Christmas Carol, says …
It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its Mighty founder was a child Himself.
The key to happiness is to hold on to that child-like wonder at Christmas.
Alas, the holiday season can bring a mix of good and bad memories. Once, during my Bah Humbug! period, I cross-stitched another Dickens quote, Bah Humbug! And beautified it with a gilded frame.
Foremost this Christmas, cherish the simple things of the heart.
Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes. -Charles Dickens
… Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good life!
My digital how-to artwork for story illustration:
In Adobe Illustrator, I penned a blue gradient for my snow bank.
I created layers of art in Photoshop. On top of the snow, I layered my Santa art, created in Illustrator.
Then, I duplicated Santa and skewed him, dialing back the transparency for a red shadow on the snow. I imagined Santa’s suit would reflect a jolly red on the snow rather than gray.
To complete the illustration, I added a lens flair above the snow for a heavenly light.
And cropped line work of the Nativity by hubby Darrell Wiskur from a Merry Christmas letter he designed years ago, commissioned by a dentist for his office Christmas letter.
Read Luke 21:1-40, a Biblical record of the incarnation of Christ … Emmanuel, God is with us.