hey there lovelies and a very happy thursday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you my own piece of art i designed for the monthly mindful art and design challenge in january.
this is a free challenge i am hosting each month, and it includes a chance to have your art featured here, a chance to win a set of greetings cards, and a private facebook community to share in. oh, and oodles of inspiration and prompts for your own art! if you want to join us there's still time! i am choosing my favourites and winners and will be posting them here on the blog next week. you can find out all about it and sign up here.
this month's prompt was family and friends. i chose to focus on my online family of sisters when creating my own art. it began as always with a simple sketch.
i then added some skin tone colours - using my neocolours, acrylic paints and graphite.
i added in some white acrylic paint for highlights.
then i started to bring back the details with my graphite.
hair colour now! i wanted my sisters to have the same shade - created initially with pitt artists pens.
i then used my new watersoluble tombows (you can see them in the first picture!) to define and add more detail to the hair, eyes, cheeks and lips.
i also added in a layer of watercolour pencil for the ladies outfits. i knew what i planned for them but wanted to give them a little colour too.
i used a combination of paynes grey and other grey watersoluble crayons to start getting my background together.
i went from dark to light with the colours, with the darker shades around my girls.
i collaged in some little butterfly toppers into my girls hair.
gorgeous gilding flakes! i added in the watercolour so the white wouldn't show through (in case of any gaps in the gilding flakes).
definition, definition, definition.
some shading on the collaged butterflies.
and they're done!
i love the sense of emotion you get from looking at these ladies. especially the lady on the left. they have such a sense of togetherness!
in fact, i loved them so much that i used this art work to redesign my online sisterhood site. i think they look great over there too!
if you want to get involved in the monthly mindful art challenge then feel free to head on over and sign up. i will be posting my favourite art from the participants and announcing the prize winners next week :)