Thursday, May 17, 2018


Painting in the Strathmore Visual Journal #90 (it holds up well to collaging and to using acrylics and stamping.

Painting a pretty girl from imagination, along with
Tamara LaPorte.  Using watercolor paint and markers of all kinds (the kinds that bleed and run).

This little clown showed up the next day as I took out the paints and markers again.

And children's book illustrator, Nina Rycroft, showed us how she creates her characters from reference materials, drawing shapes, reshaping things to make them more human, and so on.  Pretty cool!  I did all mine with a blue erasable pencil for no other reason than that I picked that one up.

The fox shapes become little girls = Florence Foxx :)


Sadami said...

Yey, Rhonda, your post is full of so lovely images! Congrats!! You can do children picture book illustration. Cheers, Sadami

Chris Lally said...

What fun! Great results in your journal pages, Rhonda!

AK said...

I agree with Sadami. We need to learn to paint like children. Just paint for the joy of it. Happy painting.

Debbie Nolan said...

Your illustrations in your journal Rhonda are great. Both girls are amazing. Wonderful idea about turning something animal like into a human face. Thanks for sharing. Hugs!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Sadami. Nina Rycroft gave some great tips on creating people from animal references and then using our imaginations to shape and change.

Thanks so much, Chris. The foxy little girl doesn't look as young as she should, but it was fun to see the process Nina uses to get her illustrations.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

your fox girl has a very nice fairy tale feel to her :)

LA Paylor said...

Love seeing and drawing faces. How refreshing yours are. I just left a long comment on what I realize now is one of your older posts... well it's what came up when I looked up your blog. I will be inspired to paint again just looking at your blog! LeeAnna at not afraid of color

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Asit - yes, if we could be more like little children when it comes to our creating artwork!!

Debbie, thanks so much. Nina gave us that idea as she was going to create Fiona Foxx from an idea. It was interesting to see how it goes from idea to creation :)

Jennifer Rose, thanks - I could see in her in the deep woods, being BFFs with the Big Bad Wolf's little girl :) hee hee

LA Paylor, I saw your comments and I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and comment! I like your work, too :)