Category Archives: Works in Progress

Work In Progress: Chinese Zodiac Animals

Hello all!  I have an exciting new project I am working on now!  As soon as I am finished with my current commissions, I will be doing a series of Chinese Zodiac Animals in my colorful style!  Starting with the rat, which I have a sketch of below.

This is exciting and I cannot wait to get started!  This is a project I have been thinking about doing for a while.  As I make progress in this series, I will post them here for everyone to see.

Future projects included Chinese Mythical creatures (including Qilin, foo dog, pixiu and more), more Celtic/Norse style animals, more mandalas, as well as some things besides animals, such as landscapes and flowers.  There will be something for everyone to enjoy! 🙂

Painted Turtle Work In Progress Part 3

Painted Turtle WIP 3

Painted Turtle WIP 3

Continued work in progress on the Painted Turtle. I finished the rock, which looks like a trippy tie dye thing! I am pleased with the way it turned out. I will start work on the water and reflections, and finish the background. I have to extend the body just a bit so it does not look like he is floating above the rock. I have learned a lot about image processing scanning the progress. The more white is in an image, the more the colors will be off. Once I start filling up the background, the colors scan or photograph more true to life. The large area of white throws off the white balance and makes some colors darker than they should be, and others washed out. I have learned how to correct it somewhat in Paint Shop but it still does not look like the actual in person drawing.

Painted Turtle Work In Progress Part 2

Painted Turtle WIP 3

Painted Turtle WIP 3

Made more progress on my Painted Turtle drawing.  I finished the shell today, and so the turtle itself is complete.  I have to add a background, and the rock and water as well as the reflection in the water. One thing I have discovered about the Prismacolor neon colored pencils is that they are -very- waxy, and do not blend well, especially the orange one.  However, they colors are great.  Hopefully, once I fill the rest of the paper with color, it will scan nicer.

Painted Turtle Work In Progress

Painted Turtle Work In Progress

Painted Turtle Work In Progress

Work in progress of my newest piece “Painted Turtle”. This is being drawn with Prismacolors Colored Pencils.  I am using Neon Yellow, Neon Orange, Neon Pink, Non-Photo Blue, Ultramarine, and Neon Green.  This is the first time I have worked with neon prismacolors, and they look great on the paper.  Very bright and vivid color, and under fluorescent light they seem to glow!  The problem is translating that vividness to a scanned or photographed digital image.  It does not really translate exactly, especially the yellow and orange.  The yellow is so bright in the drawing, but looks so, regular, in the scan.  And the oranges seem to disappear for some reason.  Hopefully once this is completely done, the scan will look better and I can adjust the white balance to look more true to life.