Every year in the spring and fall, songbirds visit our backyard. Here is a small sample along with some year-round residents.
The 2016 Summer Games in Rio provided a good excuse to practice drawing bodies in motion –one of my favorite things to do. It was also a good practice in discipline, as I committed to posting one sketch on each day of the Olympics.
I’m happy to share some of the art for, When the Wind Blows.
This project forced me to stretch artistically. Some of the challenges…
-getting the ocean surface to look right from various perspectives
-gaining some understanding of the inner workings of a turbine and depicting the important elements in an “abbreviated” way so young viewers can comprehend
-painting electrons :-)
In an effort to reflect the tone/setting/time of this story, I chose to give the art a feeling of memory. I felt the illustrations should represent a fond recollection–light and form viewed through the gossamer filter of time. I was careful to allow colors to merge so that edges are defined not so much by variation in hue or value but by the pencil marks that peek beneath layers of translucent paint.