Girl and the Heron King


Hello everyone!

It's been a busy month of painting, here's a new illustration I call Girl and the Heron King. Below are close-ups and photos of the process. 




Here are a few of my sketches. I wanted the girl to be riding a large majestic bird, a Great Blue Heron seemed like an ideal choice.


I built a model out of Sculpty, card stock, and paper towels to figure out lighting and perspective.



I did several color studies to decide what elements to use.


Cloud reference...in a Trader Joe's parking lot.


My final line drawing.


My palette when the painting was finished.

Thanks for visiting!



Milo's Garden, Pages 22 & 23

Here are more process photos for Milo's Garden. In this image, a gang of dubious (yet very jolly) characters are stealing a tree that grows musical instruments. As with the previous illustrations from this project, I used acrylics and color pencils to render the finals.

Line Drawing

Tracing the drawing onto watercolor paper

Color study



Painting in background




Final!

Thanks for taking a look!

Three New Paintings and Process Photos

Howdy Folks!

Boy, things have been busy since my last post! I have three new paintings to share with you, I redesigned my website, and I'm graduating from college! Wow wee!

Here are the three new paintings. You can view them here or view them on my spiffed up website: www.andymusser.com


This one here is an illustration for the first "Doctor Dolittle" Book.


This one is an illustration for a children's book I'm working on.

While I was painting the third, I took some random pictures of the process. So please enjoy the painting of "Sam's Repair Shop"...in reverse!


The finished piece!






Laying down the darks
At this stage, I did a tight line drawing on watercolor paper and began painting.
color study

Early sketch