Fall, Winter and the Holy Grail
Here are a few promotional illustrations I did for my wonderful agency, New Leaf Literary & Media, as well as a character sketch to test out a digital painting technique.
Finding a method of digital painting that's easy, loose and works well with my sketchy style has always been a holy grail for me. I can spend a kazillion hours and paint something that looks like an oil painting, but I don't have a kazillion hours these days. Besides, that sort of approach doesn't lend itself to the children's books I write, and is far too labor-intensive for comic work -- other than covers. The above technique feels comfy, cozy and very me. And even better, it's super fast! I don't want to jinx it, but I think I possibly just "chose wisely." We'll see as I continue to test it out... :)
Andrea - Thank you. I struggle with color, too. I find a big help to me is to use mostly colors in the same family (like blue or green) and then use a bright complimentary color as an accent. Starting with a color wash in the background helps me too.
Adreanaline - Thanks. It's actually mostly a photoshop pencil brush I found online. I like the watercolor effect, too. :)