Hi! Please come into my studio and see some art from The Bear Went Over the Mountain, on which I am now working.
While writing the story, I started off with a very quick, thumbnail storyboard. Here’s a sample from it:
Here is a final, approved sketch:
Then I began painting. Using a light box, I very lightly traced the sketch onto my watercolor paper. I always start on the hardest areas first. In this scene, the sky and the ridge/valley separation presented the most challenges. I wanted to create a mood of daybreak, and I didn’t want a dark sky. As for the ridge, it needed to pop out. I thought a some bright grass and rocks might do the trick:
Next I tried leaves and dirt and a dandelion.
So then I opted for a rocky ledge. And here is the final painting (still pending approval once all art is submitted):
Over time, I will share more sketches and paintings with you. I would love to hear your impressions, and please let me know if there is anything in particular that you would like to see or to know about.
In the meantime, here are a couple of printable coloring pages for the little one(s) in your life to enjoy!
Keep in touch and have a great weekend! Iza