When I was a kid we used to go back to school in September. During this first month of the new academic year, apples were always synonymous with education (giving the teacher an apple), which is a reason I included a small one in this colored pencil drawing.
The video illustrates the progression of creating the September cursive illustration.
I used to think I needed to be super prolific when it came to producing drawings, but I realized that is not my style. I really am excited about how my cat illustration is evolving, so I am in no rush to finish it by a certain “deadline”. I just take the colored pencils and let my creativity go where it may.
Today I started coloring in my drawing of Stripey cat at Joshua Tree.
Today I am coloring in the background for Stripey cat at Joshua Tree. The first step consisted of shading in the mountains, boulders, and chaparral. Now it is time to color in the focal Joshua Tree and Stripey cat herself.
This speed coloring video is a continuation of adding coloring to the Joshua Tree cat illustration. Watch the video to see how the project is evolving thus far.
On a camping trip to Death Valley and I took some pictures of a ghost town back in 1993. We used to stay near this deserted village, and bats would fly out of the mining caves and fill the night sky. This would be a spooky place to camp during Halloween. One morning I captured an image of the ghost town, which is the inspiration for this drawing.
Chaparral, flowers, and boulders were colored in around the ghost house, which looks a bit spooky eerie in this semi-arid landscape.
I added all the details that I wanted with my sketching pencil before shading in my illustration with colored pencils.
The first step of coloring in the drawing was to shade in the sky and the barren oak tree. My sister asked if I was going to put leaves on this tree, but I am not because it is supposed to be a late December scene.
In the video above I am coloring in the sky and the tree in speed motion.
I have finally begun to color in the sky of my Waikiki sketch with a Berol colored pencil that is of the shade bleu inactinique. This pencil is one of the remnants of the Berol colored pencils I have had since 1996, but these are such great quality pencils that many have lasted almost fourteen years. Of course, I mix up my pencils, so I often use which ever shade of colored pencil appeals to me at the moment.