Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Fantasy - B&W: Diana Ting Delosh

Snake Runner
© Diana Ting Delosh

Be wary of your daydreams and fantasies lest they become real.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fantasy ~ Jennifer Thermes

These kitties are surely living in a fantasy world of their own!

Pencil and watercolor, ©2010 Jennifer Thermes

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Fantasy: Diana Ting Delosh

Detail from Spring Awakening
Diana Ting Delosh
Ink & Watercolor illustration
© Ladybug Magazine , April 2002

Floral fantasy - anthropomorphic flowers awaken from their winter slumber. Daffodils yawn, Crocuses toss their sleepy heads, Hyacinths say howdy and violets peer shyly at all. Illustration for a poem by the same name about early spring flowers.

13 of Diana's Spring themed illustrations are in a gallery exhibition at her local library from March 5 - April 30, 2010. For more about the illustrator, please visit her website or her blog

Thursday, March 11, 2010

fantasy - sruble

I’ve been painting tiny pictures lately (see the elephant here and the bunnies here), in order to fit painting for fun into my schedule. My third tiny painting was a girl blowing a bubble with her bubblegum. I broke out my watercolors and colored pencils and painted a picture so horrible that I had to rip it up. Seriously. All it takes to ruin a small watercolor painting is a couple of misplaced brush strokes. However, I still liked the sketch, so I made the bubblegum girl into a digital illustration. The image is 2″ x 2″ like the paintings.

Bubblegum Girl

I like how she turned out, but I still wanted to paint something. A picture of a cow blowing a bubblegum bubble seemed like a fun take on the original, and worked out well, because it fits several art prompts all at once (see list below the picture). I used watercolor and colored pencil to make the image. I’m happy with the way both pictures turned out, but I have to say, the more I look at them, the weirder they look. Of course, if you looked at a photograph showing a side view of someone blowing a bubblegum bubble, that would probably look weird after a while, too.

Bubblegum Cow

The CBIG prompt this month is fantasy – a cow blowing bubblegum bubbles is definitely fantasy! Bubblegum Girl also works for fantasy. She wants to blow the biggest bubble ever and win the national bubblegum bubble blowing contest (which they actually have – I saw it on TV a couple of years ago).

The Watercolor Wednesdays prompt for last week was to create a greeting card image for a child – the bubblegum sort of looks like a speech balloon, where the cow could say, “Happy Birthday!” Bubblegum Girl also works for this week’s prompt, to illustrate a favorite toy or game … not that gum qualifies as a toy, but trying to blow the biggest bubble could be a game, so I think that counts (or at least it works for me – I went to art school; I can justify anything).

The Illustration Friday prompt this week is brave – that cow is really brave to be blowing bubblegum bubbles. What if it pops and goes all over her face? Bubblegum Girl also works for brave. She knows what will happen if the bubble as big as her head pops!

Are tiny paintings the next big thing? Maybe not, but I’m having fun with them :)