Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Step By Step for: BEE!

19 comments:

Phyllis Harris said...

Is this for a story or book? It's so much fun to see the stages!! Thanks for taking the time to do that. :o)

LOVE,LOVE THIS!!! It makes me smile! :O)

Sissy Sparrows said...

Just want to say thank you also. As someone just experimenting with watercolour I love the stages that you have shown us.

Paige Keiser said...

Thanks Phyllis! I was just experimenting with a new idea I had, which was to mix my characters with a more painterly style of watercolors. I was thinking the bear would made a good Boris for my penguin story, we shall see.

Hi Sissy, you're very welcome. I'm a visual learner personally and learn a lot when I see watercolor step-by-steps in books etc. Glad you found it helpful. Good luck with watercolors! I still have a lot to learn myself. :0)

mai s kemble said...

cool post- I like the shadow on the bear's nose and the way you angled the bear... nice layout!
and the bee's cute!

mikel razi said...

Love seeing the each stage especially the bushes and the bear's fur. Watercolors are so tricky. What colors are you using? When I paint over certain colors they tend to lift while others stay put. I also LOVE the composition!

Courtney said...

very cool and inspirational. i am struggling to keep my watercolors loose lately and this reminds me why.

Mônica said...

This is just WONDERFUL, Paige! It is so very helpful to see how you layer your washes. Your colors are always so bright and clean!

Paige Keiser said...

Hi Mai :0) Thanks!

Mikel, the first color is an over cadmium yellow, followed by black for the bear's nose (and ultramarine blue and a dash of cadmium red in the later stages to give it a shiny look). The bear's fur is layers of burnt sienna with cadmium red for the shadows. Trees/bushes are sap green with yellow and ultramarine blue on top of that for the darker bits on the right side. Hi nose shadow is purple and ultramarine blue mixed together. I probably should have included that info in the post lol. Thanks for the comment about the composition, I've been trying extra hard to work on that part lately.

Thanks for stopping by Courtney! Watercolors are always a struggle for me in general :-P The minute I think I have them figured out they pull a fast one on me lol.

Hi Monica, thanks! Keeping the colors clean is difficult business, sometimes I can pull it off and other times they dull so much after drying I can't believe it. The reds especially I have to be careful with and let the water spread them instead of the brush - otherwise they dull quickly. I'm learning to let the colors be spread around the paper through dampening the paper instead of touching the paper a lot with my brush. That's really helped.

Shirley said...

I must say that this is so very helpful to see..you have a a great ability to give your characters a richness both in sweetness of character, and visual depth (the colors are pleasing, and your shadows are so great). Thank you for your posts on your process. It is really great to see the progression!

Jessie said...

I love the beautiful loose way you've painted this. This is what I love about watercolour, that it has a mind of its own sometimes and gives us surprises! Thanks for the step-by-step pictures, I particularly loved the video you did a while back with one of my favourite songs playing (Blackbird!)xx

Leen Christens said...

The result is really beautiful! It makes an eye spotting banner for you're blog!! Soft and inviting! The detail whit the little bug just makes the picture perfect!

Alicia Padrón said...

oh wow Paige, I love this so much!!!!!!! So so s much!!! For real, I love it!! ...haha I think you got the point. :o)

And I can't believe that cute bear in the header is blinking at me?! How cool and adorable is that!! How on earth did you do that?
I love your new header is striking against the black background. I'm not so thrilled about the black backgrounds though, I do love how it looks, just hurt my eyes, I can't seem to read anything against dark backgrounds.. go figure. But I'll visit still don't worry. :o)

xo

Paige Keiser said...

Ha! Alicia I'll change it back to something easier on the eyes my friend - thanks for the feedback! Don't want to be giving my dear readers headaches! Should be done in the next couple of days or so. :0) And thanks for the comments on my bee bear. I animated him with photoshop (using the animation window).

Paige Keiser said...

Thanks very much Leen!

Alicia Padrón said...

oh how sweet are you!?? Thanks so much for changing the background color, it looks amazing! I love that color. But I feel bad you changed it cause of me though. Thanks again. You know I will always visit you and your blog no matter what!! xo

mikel razi said...

Thanks for the watercolor list and explaining where you applied them. There is always something new to learn with watercolors so it's great to see how other artists use them. Your work is always so fabulous!

Eric Barclay said...

This is just so darn cute. I LOVE this character.

ti-igra said...

Very sunny! :-) Wow!

Francisco Martins said...

So beautiful!! the colors are incredible...LOVE IT! :D

Cheers from Portugal

Francisco