It's been quite a while since I added new work to my Society6 and Redbubble pages. But I've been working hard this year and had two images I really wanted to add and finally did that today! Up top we have "Mochi Love" (available here on Society6 and here on Redbubble) featuring mango, strawberry, and green tea mochi ice cream!
I also worked on "Fat Cat" (available here on Society6 and here on Redbubble) who turned out adorable as always. After making this into a painting, I knew she would be perfect for online prints and products. I definitely want to work on making leggings, but that's a project for another day!
Well...it's technically not my first watercolor. That's kind of a lie - I've dabbled in watercolor before. But never like this. Not with an illustration. I purchased a Winsor & Newton Pocket Plus watercolor set, a few brushes, and a couple new sketchbooks a couple weeks back. I was excited to try another new art medium. My first task though was to make a grid of 50-50 swatches. 144 colors later, I was satisfied. My go-to medium is acrylic paint so I typically buy multiple colors instead of creating them. So seeing a 12-pan palette turn into 144 colors (and more since these are just 50-50 swatches) was amazing, albeit time consuming.
I was ready to do my first watercolor though. I sketched out a little Chuu-Totoro and inked it. That was probably my first mistake. I just ended up wasting ink because as you can see, when I started painting, the black ink was lightened and I would need to go over it again. I loved the medium and enjoy mixing colors and how it turned out. But alas, I ruined the watercolor. I also recently purchased a pack of Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pens in white for highlighting. The pens do really well going over watercolor, but as I am incredibly clumsy, I ended up smudging the pen and that smudged the watercolor. So sadly, there is a big white and green smudge at the big leaf and it's quite unsightly, so will not be shared online. I'm always learning something new!
Painting is one of the things that will always make me happy, no matter what. But lately I've been only painting the same 4 paintings over...and over...and over again. And while I'm glad they are popular and selling, I needed a break from them and try exploring new designs. After I sketched out BB-8 back in January, I just knew he would make an adorable painting. I also had the perfect friend to send it to! She crafts adorable DIY plushies and is uber talented. We bonded over our love for Garrus and eyeglasses. So I just had to send it to her. As you can see in the photo below, he fits perfectly into her collection.
I also painted this adorable fat cat. This is Killer. She belongs to a friend and I made this for him for Valentine's Day. It's probably one of the cutest paintings I've done, but holy cow did it test my patience. I kept getting black on the teal...which wouldn't be THAT big of a deal...except I created that teal color. So every time I got black paint on it, I had to find the right ratio of paint to cover it up, only to find that it was too light or too dark and then go over the WHOLE background again. It's a miracle I didn't throw the painting across the room. Luckily, she turned out perfect and this design would be amazing as patterned leggings...might have to get to work on that soon!