whimsical bird and girl mixed media illustration
mixed media, whimsical

Mixed media whimsical girl and bird in progress

I hope you all had a good Christmas and new year! I have been spending this week sketching  out a whimsical girl and bird that I was inspired to do, after reading the ‘Creative Girl’ book by Danielle Donaldson, which I received as a Christmas present.

First I started by rough sketching a girl onto plain printer paper. I find this really good for sketching as it’s not expensive like a sketchbook, plus it can be traced over easily afterwards.

whimsical bird and girl drawing
First I started by rough sketching onto plain paper
whimsical girl and bird sketch
Next I started adding details around the face and head dress.

Starting to develop my drawing……..

whimsical girl and bird mixed media colour illustration
The best bit….adding colour! and lots of it. I used a mixture of watercolours, coloured pencils and black ink pen.

Adding some colour to the illustration.

whimsical bird and girl mixed media illustration
Then I started going over the parts of the illustration where I wanted the black to be thickened and stand out. I plan to add white details over the top of this, so it wont appear so dark as it does here.

All I have left to do is to add some white details to the hair and head dress and then paint the background. I’m not sure yet what medium or style to do the background. Maybe watercolour? hmmm…..i will need have a think on this one

 

 

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