Eileen McKenna Art & Design

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Christmas Countdown 9/25 – Reindeer

Christmas Countdown 9/25 - Reindeer #reindeer
Last year my reindeer illustration was based on a photo I took of a plastic reindeer lawn decoration. It was less than inspiring. A few weeks ago Sartenada, a photo blogger, commented on last year’s reindeer post and included a link to the awesome photos he took of a reindeer race in Finland. Needless to say, a beautiful reference photo makes a huge difference! Thank you Sartenada!

I even added lights to my illustration. The Reindeer with Holiday Lights is available as an Art Print on Society6.
Reindeer with Holiday Lights Art Print

If you really need to see last year’s plastic reindeer illustration here it is. 😂

Creative prompts for Christmas countdown #Christmas #creative #advent

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Reindeer

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Day 9 of the Christmas countdown. I started my painting this morning with a pencil sketch of 8 reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh. First I painted the night sky, then I added shapes for the reindeer that looked like blobs. But I wasn’t giving up – even when my 11 old said, “Want some advice? Don’t post that.” I added ink details, then I gave up, and started drawing one reindeer. It’s so much easier to add detail and work at something when you are working big.

For the night sky I used the same technique as my first attempt. Salt. If you’ve never used salt with watercolor before  – you sprinkle the salt on the painting when it’s wet. The salt absorbs some of the paint causing this cool crystal like effect. When the paint is completely dry, brush the salt off.

Marion has been drawing along with me. Here is her reindeer. On Instagram Teri is painting along. See her reindeer here. If you’d like to join in, tag adventmcr when posting.

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