My Creative Resolution – Watercolor, Illustration, Print Pattern Design

Painting a Figure (Little Girl Digging – Part I)

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girldigging
I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but I’m excited about this painting! I started by mixing a grey base color for my sand. I mixed thalo blue, cadmium red, and cad. yellow (as opposed to using black and white) because I wanted the sand to have color in it. I’ve struggled before with painting sand! I covered the entire canvas in this color, even where the ocean and little girl will be.
sandbackground

I added little ticks on my canvas to show where the grid is.
grid on digging

I mixed cad. red and white and added some cad. yellow to get a flesh tone, which I mixed with my base color. I wanted a color that would work as a base for the little girl, that wasn’t far off from my original (sand) base color. This way, I won’t feel intimidated to loosely sketch in the girl. Hopefully, I’ll easily be able to change any area “back” to sand if necessary.
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Following the grid closely, I added in the shape of the little girl. I plan on flipping the canvas over and refining her shape (with the same color). As I start to feel confident in her shape, I’ll start adding colors that will define her and pull her out of the sand. I’m developing this process on the fly – wish me luck!

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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Web and Print Designer living in New York. I blog about painting, illustration, and designing patterns. Inquires are welcome.

5 thoughts on “Painting a Figure (Little Girl Digging – Part I)

  1. I’m glad to find your blog. I’m doing something similar myself–a creative resolution–but you’ve got graphic design skills that I certainly don’t have. I’m looking forward to learning from you!

  2. Thanks for your kind comments. You found my other blog–the non-painting one. My painting blog is linevaluecolor.wordpress.com. There’s not much to see there yet, but I hope the blog will keep me accountable. I can’t wait to check out the link about watercolors. If it rains tomorrow, that’s what I’m doing. If it’s sunny, well, I’ll probably be in the garden most of the day. 🙂

  3. Pingback: Painting a Figure (Little Girl Digging – Part 2) | my creative resolution

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