The theme for this week's Scribble Picnic is LANTERN. Thanks again to Michael for hosting this wonderful art collective. You can check out Michael's blog HERE.
This theme had me a little worried because I had nothing right up until the day before (yesterday) the deadline. I'd heard some good advice from a few illustrators who said to just open your sketchbook, put pen/pencil to the page, and the ideas will come. I did just that and — it worked! I was suddenly getting lots of different images in my head for the theme — kinda like visual brainstorming. I very quickly noted them down in my ideas sketchbook. They are very rough but that's okay because they are only to remind me of the original idea so I don't forget it.
I decided to go with a little Panda holding a paper lantern so took more time with that one. Do you remember making those paper lanterns in school? I used to love making them!
I transferred my sketch into my Moleskine watercolour journal and did a light outline in pen
Then added some layers of watercolour and also used a Pentel Pocket brush pen for the black fur. I'm so pleased that I was able to meet the challenge after all. That said, I'm not altogether sure that she is finished yet. If I do add any more to it, I will be sure to post the end result for you to see.
My apologies for the crappy photos. It's been raining here, on and off, so the dull, gray afternoon did not provide the best lighting for photos. I'm loving the rain though so not complaining about that.
You can check out everyone else's take on the LANTERN theme HERE.
Next week's theme is FAIRIES. You are welcome to come and join us. To find out how, click HERE.