Wednesday, March 11, 2009

More Sheep

After seeing all the sheep in New Zealand, I'm obsessed. I didn't have time to prepare a new image to paint in my watercolor class tonight, so I decided to just play around and experiment using a drawing from my sketchbook.  I scanned the sketch and printed it out on watercolor paper. I modified the color of the line work so it wasn't black, but more of  a dark maroon color. I painted the image in watercolor which caused the line work to bleed a little bit, but I liked the effect. I then  added a little watercolor pencil for texture and rescanned the color version into Painter when I got home. I digitally added a few more details and a little more texture to the wool. I then opened the image in photoshop and tweeked the color of the grass which was much more green in the original. Added the butterfly which I cut and pasted from an old illustration. I love being able to do the finishing details on the computer. That way if it gets overworked, I can delete the stuff that isn't working and still have the original painting. 

7 comments:

Edrian Thomidis said...

Lovely texture and style. I love how you used so many traditional and non-traditional tools to arrive at the final piece. I really like it!

Deb said...

Thanks, Edrian. Trying to loosen up a bit and allow myself to play a little more with my work....the computer certainly does help!

crystal driedger said...

oh so very fun. There's something so lovely about sheep. I've never been to NZ but know that even here in Canada it's the only place that store bought lamb comes from. Must be a sight in such a beautiful country with all of those fluffy bleating animals wandering around.

Deb said...

Hi Crystal...yes the sheep. Oh, so many of them. Out there munching away on grass and growing all that wool. It rained for a few days while we were travelling the roads, and the sheep's white wool turned very dark when it got wet. A curious site!

Phyllis Harris said...

Your palette is so wonderful. I'm loving all the sheep!

nessadee said...

I love the style of this piece! Nice work!

Rambling Rose Jewellery said...

I love your sheep. She looks so mischievous and playful. I live in Auckland NZ in the countryside and we are often visited by a neighbours pesky sheep that keeps escaping through the fence. Maybe this is a picture of her lol.