The other course I’m taking at the moment (yes, I am very into taking art and design courses at the moment!) is Carla Sonheim’s The Year of the Fairy Tale. This one has a new fairy tale each month and will also introduce some different media or methods of creating art each month (with the encouragement to step outside our comfort zone).
This first month, we’ve been illustrating The Frog Princess and here are my first couple of spots for it. I need to do at least one more, and I’d like to do a few more in the second style, but thought I’d put something up here to share with you for the moment, anyway!
This first one is the King (or Tsar) telling his three sons to go take an arrow and shoot it as far as they can, then pick a wife from wherever it lands (the third son’s arrow lands in a swamp, and they only creature he can find there is a frog). This didn’t use any of the techniques Carla had introduced as I was too busy with work to get my paints out, but I did squeeze in some time to do this drawing with pen and Inktense pencils (media I use for a lot of pictures!).
This one included some collage, which was part of this month’s media, as well as watercolours (which I rarely use – tend to use Inktense or gouache) and which I found more comfortable to use having watched Carla’s videos. This illustration is mid-way through the story when the third prince’s wife is relieved to be an actual princess who had an enchantment on her. I used my new Pentel brush pen, as well as the watercolour, and the collage elements are actually cut out from some Moo postcards I got of some of my patterns (so they’re my art, too).
I’m hoping to squeeze in the last technique in my final illustrations, which involves combining pastel and watercolour in a rather funky way. If I manage it (and am reasonably happy with the result), I will share it with you here.
Oh, and finally, here’s a sketch I was doing for another spot, which got a bit of a different kind of medium on it – yes, I spilt red wine on it. Oops.