Elf And Toad

I’ve been doing changes to Shopping Cart illustrations  lately; Shayla had the feeling the cart should be more realistic. I took care of my abandoned garden, too. Amazing, under the layer of weed I’ve found most of my seeds, doing very well in the shadow. The exposed ones suffered more during July heats. Finally, I have drawn a picture for a contest. Contest is for fantasy book illustration, and main characters are: elf girl in pink dress, an evil toad, gnome and tarantula (the last two were optional). Not a bad set! I just had to try. Here’s original drawing, the contest holder got edited image. This time it was mostly about the sky; sky area was meant to be rather smooth, to make a good background for text.

watercolor pencils and paints
watercolor pencils and paints

 

Another Mia The Fairy

I’ve announced the other Mia (round one) and then I’ve forgotten to post her, when she was ready… So here she is. Wind is still blowing.

watercolor, ink
watercolor, ink

Playing Checkers

A drawing I have started two months ago. The elf and goblin have been waiting rather long to get their background.

ink, pastel pencils and crayons
ink, pastel pencils and crayons

Harp Player

Rainbow babies are quite absorbing, but today I was doing a harp player for Barbara.  I’ve promised it to her two weeks ago. This time it’s just watercolor, no ink.

watercolor
watercolor

Dressmaker

Perfect sunny day, just right for drawing fairies. I’m still experimenting with graphitint pencils, but I have added so much paint that pencils are hardly visible.

Dressmaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It may be difficult to see, but the sewing machine is beetle powered!

Dressmaker detail

The Admirer

Not much drawing for fun lately, I’ve been fighting with weeds in the garden. The pirate cover took me quite a lot of time, too.

Graphitint pencils and other stuff
Graphitint pencils and other stuff

This is a drawing I’ve made in bed yesterday, trying out my new pencils.

Spring Stock-Taking of Beetles

My weekend drawing’s finished. Something about springtime again. The idea is:  it’s time to count, who made it through winter and who not. Survivers are buzzing all around. I have ants in the kitchen and first spiders in the corners of the windows. I like my home spiders, but I really wouldn’t mind ants returning under floor, where they belong. You see, I live in typical Jura-region country house, half of it made from wood, half of stone. Stone part was, originally, built for animals. Wooden part was for people.  We have improved the house quite a bit, but the wooden part still stands  directly on the ground; this is hard to be changed without disassembling the whole building.  One day, when we had crazy idea to inspect the bottom side of the floor planks, we discovered that 30 cm below  floor was sand, and milions of ants lived there. We were outnumbered, so we had quickly put the planks back to  show our willingness to keep peace.  So far ants haven’t come for us, but in spring they send out scouts.

watercolors, ink
watercolors, ink

Concerto For Flute And Harp

For Barbara, old friend… She sent me a Duo Estrella harp and flute music for Christmas (she is 50% of Duo Estrella). Chopin’s waltz played this way sounds pretty unusual. Without piano tricks and ornaments, it starts to resemble film music in the style of “Cinema Paradiso” soundtrack.  Chopin was really born too early, now he would be cured from tuberculosis and he would live long happy life  in Hollywood.

watercolor and ink
watercolor and ink