From Sketch to Framed
Here is a recent art project I worked on – another wildlife illustration – and the finished artwork was given to my mum as a present. She loved it as robins mean something special to her. It was such a joy and a pleasure working on this piece.
I started with a sketch using a H pencil (copying an image of a robin), drawing just the main outline of the bird and flower pot. Paper is from a medium surface cartridge pad (150 gsm). Really nice paper to work on, slightly textured and an off-white colour:
I then went over the top with black ink and pen and when the ink was dry I carefully rubbed the pencil lines away (since I used the pencil lightly it was easy to do this and no trace of it was left behind). I also used a small, thin paintbrush and water to dilute the black ink and fill in some of the areas where I thought it needed it (e.g. flower pot):
Finally I cut the drawing to size to fit a lovely, earthy frame (I had to sign it closer to the actual drawing), and then gave it to my mum:
That’s how I got from sketch to framed! A fun, step-by-step process. Much like life, don’t you feel?
8 thoughts on “From Sketch to Framed”
How lovely! You are an accomplished artist, Carrie. So happy for you in this new adventure.
Thanks Linda! That’s lovely of you to say. I’m so enjoying it too! 🙂
You should get some of these printed up!
Thanks Jane, that’s a good idea! I thought I would focus on making one-of-a-kind drawings, no two the same, but I also like the idea of the prints and maybe having them printed on items such as aprons or something…lots to think about!
Wow. You are really good! Thanks for sharing your process (and your result). Beautiful.
Thanks for stopping by, Colleen! And for your kind words. Comments like yours, Linda’s and Jane’s just reinforce I am on the right track. It fills my heart with joy and love! Thank you 🙂
As a friend of your mum’s I know how much she loves this artwork. I think it is lovely. Very much a case of ‘less is more’.
Thank you so much for your feedback! So kind of you to stop by. I also like the simplicity of these drawings – in a way they are more dramatic because of it.
Btw I love the robin you drew and sent to my mum! 🙂