Sunday, July 28, 2013

"I'll Never Forget You"

On June 10, 2013, my big sister miscarried her baby. He was only about 5 months, but during his short existence he was my sister's entire world--and now he's gone. A couple of weeks ago, she'd asked me if I could paint a sort of tribute to him. It was a bit overwhelming, to tell you the truth. Wouldn't this cause her more pain? I wondered.
After mulling it over, I asked her to give me an idea of what she'd like to see in this tribute. From what I gathered, colors were the most important factor: Pink (to represent herself), White (for the father) and Blue (for the baby).
She'd mentioned sunsets and a beach, but no matter how many times I sketched this, nothing really had that aha! sort of feel. It was only until I was able to focus on the family itself, that an image slowly started to take form.
Pink Carnations in the language of flowers mean "I'll never forget you." It is the symbol of a mother's undying love. I thought this appropriate, as both my sister and her husband protect their baby's spirit with their unity.
I'll Never Forget You, Acryla Gouache, Ink and Acrylics on Strathmore Watercolor Paper.

© Jenny De La Torre. 2013
***In Loving Memory***
~  Keran Lloyd Jr. ~

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sketchbook Corner #13

Anila sketch with the mysterious Egg.
This is pretty much the outfit I'm happy with. Although, as she travels from one world to another, who knows what she'll have to wear for each occasion. 

And a photo of me (with spectacular bed hair! ~__~ ), working away on my table, with little Mei-Lin to keep me company into the night.

Who could ask for a better assistant than that?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

"The Journey Begins"

Okay, so I missed Illustration Friday's deadline by a day  ( ~___~  ) ~
but I still finished this piece with much determination. The word for the week was "Travel."  My character, Anila, is beginning her journey into the whimsical unknown, accompanied by her stubborn, yet loyal friend and her inquisitive nature to guide her. 

(p.s. there is a Kis-Kis stowaway hidden in her bag)

Safe journey, Anila.

And may you find many adventures!

The Journey Begins,  Acrylics, Acryla Gouache, Ink and Colored Pencil on Strathmore Watercolor Paper. © Jenny De La Torre 2013


Below are the work-in- progress snapshots.

First, I started out with a colored pencil sketch. Nothing too fancy, just trying to feel my way around the page. I used Strathmore watercolor paper (140lb. Rough Surface)

Then, a light wash to focus my color palette. To be honest, the beginning stages of this piece were a little overwhelming at first. I didn't want something too soft, yet I had to try to balance out her young buck's rich, earthy tones with the cooler ones for the background.

After a couple of nights (painting the fur on this beast took foreveeeer!) the colors really started to come together. It's amazing how caffeine, Pandora playing in the background and the anticipation of starting a new piece can motivate you.

Finally ~
Details, details, details!
My favorite part of any painting is putting in those final touches that really make it pop. Hair detailing and the warm glow of light are my all-time favorite things to focus on towards the end.

I've always loved the "sketchy" look, so much of those details involve line work with paint. I'm also quite surprised at how soft Anila came out in the end. She looks almost dreamlike!



Sunday, July 07, 2013

ACEO card #1 ~ Sprout!

First attempt at my very own ACEO card. Sadly, this one will be shipped off to Virginia in a few days, but I'll definitely be adding more here and there. For this particular card, I used a mix of colored pencil, acryla gouache and acrylic paints on a 2.5'' x 3.5'' Strathmore paper. It features my ever mischievous woodland creature, the Kis-Kis.


Sketchbook Corner #12

Some nighttime doodling.

I had an image of Prince Regolith's fur made partially of American Sycamore leaves. We'll see how that turns out.