I painted a bug

bug with watermark
ladybird beetle
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Mud

I’m pretty excited about the last illustration I finished. It’s getting pretty springy around here, and by that, I mean lots and lots of precipitation. And we all know what happens when copious amounts of water absorb into the earth. That’s right. Mud.

This painting has mud. I won’t show the whole picture. Oh no. That would give too much away. But here’s the detail with the mud. Happy Spring!

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mud

Book signing

Thank you to everyone who came to my book signing today. The signing was 2-4 pm and at the stroke of four, someone came and bought the last book in the store! It was a great day of seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Thanks, friends!

Here’s a picture of me and my signing buddy at BookPeople of Moscow.

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Watercolor progression

I just finished a vignette for my next book project with Jeni Leidenfrost, and thought I’d post the progress of how I create an illustration. I start with a sketch. After transferring the desired outline to my watercolor paper with tracing paper and graphite, I paint in preliminary shading. Next, I add more definition to the shading. Finally, I add the color and detail over the top of the shading.

The result: Bun Bun has (pretend) tea from a fancy cup while demonstrating bad posture.

Bun Bun progression
Bun Bun has a Tea Party (progression)