Pufferfish Party: process


I don't normally work on final art digitally, but since getting a new tablet, I thought I'd start playing around with it. My daughter's first birthday is approaching, and it's the perfect time to try something new. Next time I play around I want to do it without the black outline - try to mimic my own gouache style instead.


This is the sketch - I don't usually create compositions this busy, but I thought I'd try something different on all levels.


This is a pic of the inked art - I used a copic multiliner. Thank you, Kathy Weller for recommending those beautiful pens!


This is a screenshot from the digital piece in progress - the colors were far more saturated and still mostly flat color fills.

IF: Adrift (late!)


How is it Friday already? I meant to submit for Illustration Friday's Adrift theme this week, but I blinked and missed it.

Regardless, here is the Thank You card I sent to guests of Miles' 1st birthday. It was fun to have so many little ones that day, I was inspired to draw little versions of them. This is the same quickie-digital style I did for his invitation, and even though it was fun (and manageable) to create, I'm daydreaming about painting this for his bedroom. I need to add in his cousins who couldn't make it that day, but came up for a fun visit yesterday. Maybe in a little dingy/zodiac on the side!

Here's a picture of the party:


And it's aftermath... We haven't wanted to take down those banners just yet!