Friday, August 25, 2017

Busy Berry Season & Digital Bugs

strawberry raspberry acerola pattern

I got overwhelmed with a new style these days. I am playing with digital art images in Adobe Illustrator. My digital art so far looks pretty much as my watercolors. And of course, the first subjects that I was playing with, were berries.

I first made digital Strawberries:

Then I created Raspberries:

And then, I thought about exotic berry that is called Acerola:


It was fun to add digital colors into my new creations. 
They do look like my watercolors that I'd paint by hand thought.

 And, in reality, there is no digital art ever existed that would be without an artist's creative touch. 

My other super digital art started for example with drawing (by hand of course) funny looking bugs. Then I applied a few filters in Adobe Illustrator, and filled with digital color. 

Here is the example:


These cute bugs are just asking to jump into some children book.

 :)

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Monday, August 21, 2017

San Francisco Bay Area Watercolor Painting

Editorial watercolour landscape artist illustrator


Yesterday, when I painted this sketch of San Francisco Bay shore from Martinez point of view to Benicia, CA; I was thinking that I was very lucky to paint this area el Plein-Air style so many times. 

Plein-Air painting does not allow to sit and paint too long. An artist has to be fast and free with the brush strokes. It teaches to find main point and to "forget" some details.

In this sketch I achieved all el Plein-Air points: spontaneous approach, fresh color theme, and free outlines. 

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Watercolor Animals - Editorial Illustrations Types



Watercolour Artist Illustrator Mare and Foal at sunrise

What is exactly an editorial illustration? Historically, this kind of work came from vintage magazines and at the beginning was pretty much for advertising, for social and political satire, or funny cartoons. Nowadays, when the printed and online media expanded dramatically, editorial illustration as well extended way beyond the world of politics or simple cartoons. Online or paper newspapers and magazines post & print illustrations together with their articles to highlight a conceptual element to engage their readers. 

In my example above, the editorial illustration of two horses, mare and foal, can represent an article in either Farmers Market booklet, accompany text of natural history magazine, or be a good editorial addition to an article on motherhood and raising children in parenting newspaper. 

Next example can serve as an editorial illustration for children’s periodicals or book for kids. This cute mouse is caught in action preparing for a long winter, building a nest; or hiding its home from the wild cats:

Watercolour Artist Illustrator for children media


And the full realistic paintings of two Chameleons, one just a baby and another is quite sneaky an clever one, they tell their stories as well; and, certainly, would look amazing next to an article about behavior of these amazing cold-blooded reptiles:

Watercolour Artist Illustrator

Watercolour for Natural magazine and newspaper

So, to conclude, editorial illustrations of animals can certainly touch the hearts of different media readers, enhancing the text and providing educational input and humor. 

More on editorial illustrations:
https://irinasztukowski.blogspot.com/2017/09/editorial-illustrations-in-watercolor.html

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Watercolor Roses - Vintage Twist

rose pattern painting in interior

This sweet vintage style rose collection has contemporary feeling to it as I painted those roses in realistic style yet combined them together in a decorative clusters as some old tea party china or a dining-wear used to be created.

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