Thursday, 16 June 2016

ELEPHANT PAINTING IN DIFFERENT STAGE 



This is a miniature I painted with poster paint on silk.
I intend to publish it as a note book cover.
When you first start to learn miniature painting in Rajasthan, you always start by painting an elephant which is the symbol of good luck.
I'd like to show you the different stages of the work I did to paint this elephant.


The sketch is done with pencil and then outlined with a very thin brush.
The colours of the background are applied before working on the elephant.



The colours have been applied on the background with shading and just a few details.
First step: the skin colour of the elephant has been painted, light grey here, as well as the pink of the skin and nails.
All the colours need two coats.


The shading has been painted on the skin (darker grey) and some of the skin detail has been added, as well as the eye and the white for the tusks.


Here I have started working on the red parure: background colours and shading.


The decoration on the parure is done, and all the jewellery and yellow parts that are going to be covered with 24 carat gold.


The gold has been applied on all the yellow parts and polished with an agate stone to make it shine.
Now some details can be painted on the gold (decorations, precious stones...)



The elephant is now finished and all outlined.
The last touches are the white details and pearls.
The detailed work on the background can be done now.


You can now see the elephant in the finished miniature.


                                                             




    









Tuesday, 22 March 2016

MINIATURE PAINTING IN DIFFERENT STAGES

This is the sketch for my miniature done on paper.
I worked on the bird with colour pencils and watercolour and drew the landscape I wanted for the project in pencil.



After the silk is stuck on a board with starch, the drawing is sketched with pencil and then outlined with brown poster paint and a thin brush.
First the background of the area I am going to work on is painted (hill on the right). It takes two coats of paint (poster paint).
The next step is the shading that you can see on the hills.
Finally the details are painted area by area.


Here you can see better the different stages of the work: plain backgrounds, backgrounds with shading, detail work.
The background landscape is painted before working on the bird.


The bird is now finished and the leaves, plants and flowers are started.
Details are added on the hills too.




Work on the foreground. It is not finished but I am getting there!



 
I have now decided that it was finished.
It is sometimes difficult to know when to stop because there are always details that you can add to a miniature!



This is the final project for a card as I will have it published.
After scanning my painting on Photoshop, I have worked on contrast, vibrancy and colour balance.
All in all, this represents about 30 hours of work.












Thursday, 7 May 2015

Printed art work

I now have some of my work printed. Note books and fine art greeting cards and I have opened a shop on Etsy!
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/EtteDove?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Here is another example of a digital composition made from my butterfly designs on a black background. I am still working on a stationary project and will have note books printed for sale as well as greeting cards. Coming soon!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Wrapping paper 50 cm x 70 cm
I created this one from a design made with colour pencil, watercolour and collage. It involved cutting and pasting different elements, working with different layers and a bit of colour enhancement.
Pattern 10 cm x 10 cm

Wrapping paper 50 cm x 70 cm
This was done from a gouache design on black card. I also worked with mirrored image and used a glowing edges filter as a special effect.
I haven't posted anything for the past year...but worked a lot during that time.
I continued painting miniatures on silk and paper, got involved in paper cutting and started using Photoshop, which was a new thing to me, thanks to my friend Bev who helped me to learn essential techniques with the program.
I have worked on projects for gift paper and stationary to submit to publishing companies.
This work involves creating my own designs by hand using colour pencils, watercolour and gouache and working on the composition digitally.
I mainly work with symmetry, mirrored images, collages, repeated patterns and a few special effects while trying to stay as close as possible to my own artwork.
Floral pattern 10 cm x 10 cm
 Here are three examples of my gift papers. More to follow...

1. This is a project for gift paper that I made from a painting done with watercolour, colour pencils and gouache. This is the base pattern for the gift-wrap.
Gift-wrap 50 cm x 70 cm
Here I used the technique of mirrored image to create a symmetrical surface pattern.