The book series is a way for me to share my love of gardening. This is my first illustration.
Tree doodle created with Proceate.
Wanted a tree with unusual foliage.
Mostly done with organic brushes.
Background and pop-up sun from Corel Painter.
I did the original drawing with ArtRage on my iPad in 2015.
In 2019, I used the drawing to create a short animation, Curious Owly.
Now I am learning how to ink with Adobe Fresco vector brushes.
My aim is to convert my sketchbook drawings into digital versions.
With the digital version, I can then create stencils in ArtRage.
For the header, I inverted the stencil to save space and make it more visible. Then I used the layer effects to spruce it up a bit more.
Now I can change the owly illustration for different projects.
I am a gardener with a great curiosity about my environment.
To sharpen my observation skills, I draw. When I am trying to identify a plant, I usually start with the leaves.
Having a glossary of botanical terms is useful, paired with photos and
illustrations, even better.
So, when I’ve correctly identified a plant, I take photos and take notes. During the long winter months, I study my notes and use the photos to practice botanical drawings.
I did the original in 2013. My coloured pencil technique still stinks.
To rescue this awful drawing, I scanned it, retouched the leaves in Corel Painter then used Topaz Labs to smooth everything out.
Now I scan all my line drawings and keep the coloured pencils for those times when I want to spend quality time with my grandsons or to just clear my mind.
I recently updated to Corel Painter 2022.
I used the previous versions to create illustrations for my books.
To better understand how to adjust brushes for my needs, I created 2 of my own.
I created this unplanned drawing to try them out.
The fox is from a practice drawing in 2013. I converted it into a PNG.
After years of resisting, I finally got a new Apple pencil. I lost the first, when I accidentally dropped on the floor without noticing. Later, I found Molly chewing on it.
I replaced it with a basic model without pressure sensitivity. It took all the fun out of doodling on the iPad.
When I checked out the updates on Procreate, it made me realize how much I missed it. So, I treated myself to a new Apple pencil 2. What I difference.
This doodle came out of trying different brushes. My favourite subjects are flowers and visitors to the garden. I had no specific flower in mind. Which is why the flower and leaf combination most likely does not exist in nature.
Molly’s first family mistreated her. She had to be rescued.
The stress made her anxious and even more agitated. This made her less likely to be adopted, especially by a family with young children.
Frantic dogs need a lot of time and patience.
At the beginning, she ate rocks, licked walls and furniture. She also had the bad habit of jumping on people.
First, I had to earn her trust, and then I could teach her to control her emotions.
Sketching her resting calmly was rewarding.
Molly and I still enjoy quiet times together.
Inspired by a Photoshop tutorial.
Instead of using the stock image provided, I used one of my own with a background I created.
Using select > subject saved a lot of time.