The Negative Space of a Paper Giraffe, decorative papers on illustration board. 
It seemed a waste to throw out the cutout of the background Paper Giraffe from here (and here), so I gave it a simple paper background and turned it into its own piece. Or at least a sister piece. 

The Negative Space of a Paper Giraffe, decorative papers on illustration board. 

It seemed a waste to throw out the cutout of the background Paper Giraffe from here (and here), so I gave it a simple paper background and turned it into its own piece. Or at least a sister piece. 

Detail from the Paper Giraffes showing the decorative border and the background silhouette before the addition of the larger giraffe. I actually really like the silhouette on its own. I kept the negative of the cutout, and if all goes well, it’ll be a standalone piece. 
Paper Giraffes: http://jehart.tumblr.com/post/95760677297/paper-giraffes-in-mixed-media-these-papers-were Detail from the Paper Giraffes showing the decorative border and the background silhouette before the addition of the larger giraffe. I actually really like the silhouette on its own. I kept the negative of the cutout, and if all goes well, it’ll be a standalone piece. 
Paper Giraffes: http://jehart.tumblr.com/post/95760677297/paper-giraffes-in-mixed-media-these-papers-were Detail from the Paper Giraffes showing the decorative border and the background silhouette before the addition of the larger giraffe. I actually really like the silhouette on its own. I kept the negative of the cutout, and if all goes well, it’ll be a standalone piece. 
Paper Giraffes: http://jehart.tumblr.com/post/95760677297/paper-giraffes-in-mixed-media-these-papers-were

Detail from the Paper Giraffes showing the decorative border and the background silhouette before the addition of the larger giraffe. I actually really like the silhouette on its own. I kept the negative of the cutout, and if all goes well, it’ll be a standalone piece. 

Paper Giraffes: http://jehart.tumblr.com/post/95760677297/paper-giraffes-in-mixed-media-these-papers-were

Paper Giraffes in mixed media. 
These papers were obviously giraffe patterns, so I decided I needed to make this. 
Details of the border and background here.

Paper Giraffes in mixed media. 

These papers were obviously giraffe patterns, so I decided I needed to make this. 

Details of the border and background here.

Decorative boxes, mixed media.  Decorative boxes, mixed media.  Decorative boxes, mixed media.  Decorative boxes, mixed media.  Decorative boxes, mixed media.  Decorative boxes, mixed media.  Decorative boxes, mixed media.  Decorative boxes, mixed media. 
Red-eyed tree frog life cycle in watercolour and technical pen on Arches hotpress watercolour board. 
Finally posting this piece, which I finished a while ago. This was part of my semi-private lessons on topics in scientific illustration, and was the first time I’d made a descriptive illustration in watercolour (usually, it’s Adobe Illustrator). I’ve discovered that I’m not so skilled in painting backgrounds, but it was an interesting learning experience, and I think that it would be fun to try again some day. I’m not crazy about the illustration board I use, since it curved severely under heavy washes, so next time I’ll probably use stretched or heavy hotpress paper. On the plus side, it holds up remarkably well to multiple layers of liquid masking fluid. 

Red-eyed tree frog life cycle in watercolour and technical pen on Arches hotpress watercolour board. 

Finally posting this piece, which I finished a while ago. This was part of my semi-private lessons on topics in scientific illustration, and was the first time I’d made a descriptive illustration in watercolour (usually, it’s Adobe Illustrator). I’ve discovered that I’m not so skilled in painting backgrounds, but it was an interesting learning experience, and I think that it would be fun to try again some day. I’m not crazy about the illustration board I use, since it curved severely under heavy washes, so next time I’ll probably use stretched or heavy hotpress paper. On the plus side, it holds up remarkably well to multiple layers of liquid masking fluid. 

Naga in watercolour on Arches 140 lb cold press, monster girl # 3. 
The weekly thing doesn’t seem to be working, but I’ll post these whenever I can. I had to look up what a Naga was before I started, so my understanding of the mythology behind this one is pretty superficial. I really liked the theme of a water spirit/river goddess, and I’m not gonna lie, I was thinking a lot about water bending while I was sketching this out. The snake part of her is based on an Indian cobra. 

Naga in watercolour on Arches 140 lb cold press, monster girl # 3. 

The weekly thing doesn’t seem to be working, but I’ll post these whenever I can. I had to look up what a Naga was before I started, so my understanding of the mythology behind this one is pretty superficial. I really liked the theme of a water spirit/river goddess, and I’m not gonna lie, I was thinking a lot about water bending while I was sketching this out. The snake part of her is based on an Indian cobra. 

Pansies in watercolour study. On Arches 140 lb cold press.

Just trying some things out…

Goldfish in brush pen and chalk pastel.

This is from a few months ago, but I just re-discovered it in my sketchbook and decided that I probably wouldn’t finish it. I was learning how to use brush pen with chalk pastel powder by applying the powder with makeup sponges and brushes. I like the soft, fuzzy effect. 

Jello girl in India ink, some Photoshop.  
"Week 3" of the monster girl challenge, which is supposed to be slime monster, but I had a serious creative block against this one, and, after chatting with the-leveret about referencing a vulture and a mule for the harpy and centaur respectively, I joked that for the slime girl, I’ll just reference jello. So… jello girl. Though I have to credit the-leveret with the idea for the fork-as-weapon idea. 
Mostly done in India inks (got a wonderful set of colourful inks for christmas and hadn’t tried them yet), but pulled it into Photoshop to fix up a couple things and add a grey background. 

Jello girl in India ink, some Photoshop.  

"Week 3" of the monster girl challenge, which is supposed to be slime monster, but I had a serious creative block against this one, and, after chatting with the-leveret about referencing a vulture and a mule for the harpy and centaur respectively, I joked that for the slime girl, I’ll just reference jello. So… jello girl. Though I have to credit the-leveret with the idea for the fork-as-weapon idea. 

Mostly done in India inks (got a wonderful set of colourful inks for christmas and hadn’t tried them yet), but pulled it into Photoshop to fix up a couple things and add a grey background. 

Centaur pencil sketch, rough concept. 

Calling this “week 2” of the monster girl challenge I’m doing with the-leveret, though I had less time this week, so it’s a rough pencil sketch for now. I may do better version when I have a bit more time, but not for the next few weeks. I decided to go for a wilderness guide/hiker/camper kind of theme. Modern centaur girl, I guess.