I always try to match cards to their recipients as much as I can. So my mum gets cute critters and flowers, my other half gets something a bit geeky, his sister gets bunnies, and we seem to be developing a South Wales theme for his dad. Last year I did a picture of Port Talbot docks; this year it’s the Mumbles lifeboat.
I’ve never been particularly good at drawing, so I had to come up with another way of creating the base sketch. My process goes like this:
- Find a photo that I want to work from.
- Resize it to fit on a card and print on regular copy paper.
- Using the lightbox and a clean sheet of copy paper over the print, do a first pass at picking out the outlines needed.
- Refine the sketch, referring back to the original image.
- Trace the final version of the sketch onto a piece of Neenah using Copic multiliner.
Even the colouring is different to the usual. For a start it’s an exercise in choosing colours that are a near match to the original image rather than just picking ones I like. And with these sorts of images there’s less emphasis on blending (with the exception of the boat) and more on creating textures.
It’s fun to do something so different to my usual style for a change.
Tim Holtz – crazy talk (sentiment)
Create A Smile – double stitched rectangles
Ranger – archival – jet black
Copic multiliners – black, sepia – 0.1, 0.3
Uni-ball Signo UM-120AC white
- Copic markers:
lots and lots
- paper and card:
Neenah solar white 216gsm
Hunkydory Adorable Scorable
MiniSun A4 LED LightPad