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Black ballpoint on 60lb smooth Piccadilly sketchbook paper. Done for the prompt “the armadillo was very nice, once you got to be friends” for Sketchfest 38.
Original for sale over at Sketchfest, to help support the site: http://www. ellenmilliongraphics.com/ sketchfest/ sketchfestart.php? id=11192
Oh yeah: Art copyright © 2013 Kirsten Talmage
Here’s the second one: the gray squirrel.
The story: My stepmom noted she didn’t have any of my art on her walls. I only had ACEO ATC-sized Bristol paper, graphite, and water colored pencils with me. But she had a recently-filled bird feeder.
This was a good combination.
I did three cards for her: Two Juncos, a Northern cardinal (not scanned), and this gray squirrel.
(I have learned, however, that I prefer both sketch paper and cold press water color paper.) (And Dad’s scanner is about as useful as mine.)
Ink and watercolor pencil on cheap watercolor paper. I digitally darkened him down a bit. Questions:
* Should I apply water to the colored pencil? It tends to smooth and saturate the coors (good) but I have a heck of a lot of blending of colors (and two brands of watercolor pencil, Staedler & Faber-Castell).
* What background? Cut him out and make a collage on some abstract-but-with-perspective print pattern? Figure out how to put in a snowy village? Help!
* Should there be a trail of presents? Where and how to lay those out?
Done more or less for Sketchfest and might become one of our holiday cards.
"Sure hope these are real pearls. Why did I take the ornament? Oh well! Almost there!"
Colored pencil on mat board. I'm starting to get the hang of this!
(Although still not so much the scanning: despite attempting to adjust scan colors with Photoshop, the original is a more lively sage surface. I suppose the LCD computer screen and multiple yellow-tinted curly fluorescent bulbs aren't helping…)
So I had a tiny scrap of matboard. Well, small anyway — about 1 inch across and 1.5 inches tall. Roughly.
Well, colored pencils aren’t the tool with the finest resolution but hey.
I think I’ll put this on stamps. I scanned it at 600 dpi, so I can print it …but honestly, it would look ridiculous on anything larger! Really!
OK, I suppose this is part of the Critters series. And it’s certainly before the Mouse & the Wren, but I guess that’ll make the original idea Critter #0? Well, hard to say, since I’ve not actually finished that piece.
Oh, this one? This was a quick happy illustration with Crayola colored pencil on ordinary printer paper, mounted to green construction paper (I think) for my sister’s birthday card last year. Why yes, it was a little bit last minute and I was babysitting, why do you ask? **chuckle**
It’s probably not worth trying to print it on anything really since my photo of it was dim and the scan was overexposed, and I have yet to figure out how to balance those two things. The paper is either too gray to the sky and light blue shading vanishes. I think I need more clue on digitizing… Oh well!