This week's critters:
For the month of July we are featuring critters of the jungle and rainforest, to celebrate our upcoming coloring book! You can follow along on the Facebook page, Twitter, and this blog. All illustrations are by Melissa Rohr, copyright 2018.
This week's critters:
We will be offering a handful of new cards soon! After having several requests for matte paper, we decided to create a new line of them. These cards feature thick 16pt paper stock. With a light satin coating on the outside illustration, the inside is left uncoated, making it easier for you to write your message. This premium matte stock gives each card the look of the original watercolor illustration. We love the way they've turned out! Keep an eye out for them in our shop in the next few weeks.
Edit: check out the cards here. Can I send you an email to let you know about new critter illustrations? Join my email list!
A sweet watercolor Sea Otter, from sketch to finish. This piece began with a pencil sketch on watercolor paper. Several layers of watercolor were added, and then a small amount of ink to finish. Illustration by Melissa Rohr.
This Sea Otter illustration is available on a notecard in our shop.
I've decided to create another set of woodburned ornaments this year. Here are a few of the new designs, freshly woodburned. They still need a coat of stain, and a bit of ribbon, but I like how they turned out! Which is your favorite?
At a few recent art fairs, people have asked me about the process of my watercolor illustrations. So, the past few weeks I've taken some photos of my Sea Dragon illustration while I was creating him.
Most of my illustrations begin with a doodle in my sketchbook. This doodle may have been inspired by a dream, a funny experience, or a random character that popped into my head. I usually feel most comfortable using a black ballpoint pen for my doodles.
My next step is to sketch out the creature lightly in pencil, and then watercolor over the sketch. After the watercolor is dried, I use ink for the linework. In this case I used India ink with a pen nib. I also highlighted a few areas with colored pencil.
I finished him up with a green mat and a fun frame. I hope you enjoy the finished Sea Dragon!
Watercolor & Ink Sea Dragon by Melissa Rohr
Here's a few mini illustrations I've been working on recently. They measure about 2.5 x 3.5 inches. I'm planning on framing these in some cute, tiny desktop frames, and displaying them in our vending booth. What do you think? Do you have some other ideas for mini illustrations I should work on?
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