Things are pretty rushed lately (moving, DIY, Canadian residency, employment, crochet, pregnancy, you’ll find all this at http://untoonaucanada.blogspot.com) but starting today, I am on maternity leave two months prior to the delivery date. This is the perfect opportunity to take over and spend more time on drawing, painting, illustrating and photography.
I am now enrolled in acrylic paints courses. Significantly simpler than watercolor (which requires a perfect control of spaces unpainted) or oil (very long drying time), acrylic is suitable to all mixtures, all techniques, with textures, materials, transparency, collage … which is perfectly highlighted in this workshop hosted by the University of Montreal. At the same time, I notice my weaknesses:
the use of color, color matching and color blends (I’m handier with a pen or pencil),
the application of paint (no fine lines, impasto, marks left by the brush drips)
But I do not lose hope and the discovery of these new techniques brings me a lot in terms of creativity.
At the same time I’m back on the drawing board. Here is a portrait done this morning.
After Valentine’s Day, Patrick’s Day! For Patrick, I hesitated between the Leprechaun (gnome in the long red beard and green coats part of Irish folklore), a sheep and a four-leaf clover. Finally, there were more opportunities with the sheep and Guinness:)
The hardest thing was to imagine the head of a sheep. Yet this is not what is lacking in New Zealand! I opted for a slightly cartoon style, a head long and narrow, large eyes, but no facial features humanization (such as a smile or eyebrow).
First test: a sheep jumping over a Guinness, a mixture between the expression count the sheep and the fact that alcohol has a soporific effect (at least at high doses).
Sheep Counting (Create your own with this design – Canada – US )
The second is more of a delusion: a bunch of sheep drinking the Guinness. This version has not yet been reworked … I’ll start as soon as I have time!
Bunch of sheep
The latter came to my working version of counting sheep I thought the coat looked like a lot of sheep in the foam of Guinness … where Irish Taste!
Irish Taste ( your article with this design – Europe )
Happy St. Patrick’s all:)