1. My mom's birthday was coming
2. I had been sketching horses a lot
3. I told my mom I would make her a custom iPhone case (months ago) from a piece of artwork I made
SO . . .
I got this idea to do a practice painting for my daughter's bedroom (see previous post) and make something for my mom. My acrylic painting class instructor showed me photos of other artists that had added color into animal paintings. My favorite artist was Laurie Pace. I was instantly hooked and had to try it. Here are some of her paintings.
I chose my favorite sketch and drew it over and over until I had it the way I liked it.
Then I cleaned it up in Photoshop, printed it out, and used my projector to make it the exact size I wanted it on my piece of plywood (w/ 2 coats of gesso).
I wanted my personal touch on the background, so I did my tradition steps of paste texture and added some drywall and masking tape.
I started with some typical shade of brown that you would see on a horse.
Then painted my background shade of blue (my mom's favorite color).
Here comes color!
And here is how it ended up online, as the iPhone case was in progress! I have uploaded several jpegs of artwork for custom cell phone cases and Case-Mate does an awesome job!
Then I played around with some close up shots, using my 50mm 2.8/f lens.
I love the short depth of field it will give me.
This might be a new favorite painting style – I got to combine drawing, texture, bright colors, and I learned a lot!