I wanted to share a project with you that I finished up last month for a good friend of mine. I illustrated a piece for her as a graduation present.
She and I have become pretty good friends over the last year or so; we met in the local community theater and have bonded over a few shows, tap dancing classes, and Disneyland trips.
She is a very creative person, loves to dance, and loves loves LOVES Pinterest! haha so I knew I needed to make her something inspiring that she can relate to in all her crafting a pinning endeavors. It started off pretty sneakily with me sending random texts asking what her favorite animals were... "I need some cute animals to draw, what's your favorite?" I asked. Her reply was elephants, dinosaurs, baby orangutans, and baby tortoises. Well, that would be an interesting illustration! LOL
So I got out my sketchbook and proceeded to study up on these.
|sweet little elephants|
After getting the sketch of her face down I began to work on the composition of the piece. I knew that I wouldn't be able to put in all the animals she wanted so I started out focusing on the elephant and a little monkey. In the end, I had to edit out the monkey as the elephant stole the show. It just would have been too distracting as I illustrated the lettering as well. When I got to the lettering, another text was sent "What are your favorite colors?"... so sneaky ...
Here are some process shots...
|sketching out details of her face|
|I sketch ideas down and then use tracing paper to clean it up and get a full image|
|redrew the image on watercolor paper with my light box|
|illustrated Inspiration quote|
|why wouldn't an elephant wear leg warmers??|
|totally want to steal her outfit...|
|final framed piece|
I'm so happy with how it turned out. That elephant made me giggle every time I looked at her. Although, the best part was giving it to my friend. It took all of my will power not to drive over to her house the second I finished, pound down her door, shove it in her face and yell "LOOK WHAT I MADE YOU!!!" hahaha I'm a horrible gift giver, I can never wait! I still had like 3 days before her party too.
Anyway, she did open it and she loved it! It lives in her house now above the fireplace tap tap tapping the night away :)