Tuesday, December 21, 2010

New Faerie Portrait, In Progress

Right now I am working on five faerie portraits for children.  I have finished doing the pencil drawings for the rest of the portraits but this is the first image that I am working on with watercolor. She's a baby flower fay :)  Well I need to finish everything by January, I don't want these materials sitting too long on my table.  Because my mind has been wandering for a few days now about painting teddy bears! It's kinda' different from what I have been doing, but I don't know I have been thinking of teddy bears and it's going to drive me nuts if I don't paint them too.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


For this post, I want to share with you some of my inspirations and heroes in illustration.

The first artist is Beatrix Potter. Her illustrations for me are a breath of fresh air.  It's simple and yet complicated; the colors, washes, and lines she used in her drawings were so alive and real.  Though I am fascinated with Peter Rabbit, I instantly fell in love with her illustrations in The Tale of Jeremy Fisher, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck and The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.

The next artist that fascinates me is Arthur Rackham. I know a lot of you love his works and his influence in illustration / fairy tales is huge.  I love how he used muted earth colors in his paintings and the line works are so distinct.  His illustrations are so alive and full of magic.

The third one is very popular indeed, he is the reason why I love faeries so much! He is Brian Froud. I was a six year old kid when I was in awe with Labyrinth, and little did I know that I would rediscover the artist behind that film when I was studying Fine Arts in college.  My favorite faerie illustrations are of course the ones in his Fairies book.

And last but not the least is...Tony Diterlizzi.  Tony's story of success as a children's book author and illustrator is not just an inspiration for me but also my driving force to keep doing what I love to do and if you believe in your work, well you will eventually succeed.  His art is beyond awesome and his creativity is really really inspiring.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I Love Patrick!!!

This is Patrick, he was created by Ms. Irma Papeikaite  (http://pudra-studio.blogspot.com).  She makes adorable Teddy Bears which are to die for.  So for this New Year, I wish for Patrick!  I pray Santa could extend his gift giving till the New Year... :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Faerie Portrait - Mother & Child

I nearly forgot about this Faerie Portrait which I did around last year.  I made it for a friend and her baby as sort of a surprise 'gift'.  She saw it online when I shared it in our Facebook walls and was very happy about it but I never got the chance to give the original piece to her when I went home to the Philippines for a vacation last August.   Nevertheless, there's always a next time and I might bring it home for this coming holidays! :)