Tuesday, 5 May 2015

A HAPPY COUPLE

Where does inspiration come from?





For me it often comes from trawling through my sketchbooks where I found this strange couple.




This time I wanted to use water-colours and to have fuzzy edges which I achieved by first drawing the outlines with a water-soluble pencil.





I added a washi tape flower to the castle door and some stamping to give it more texture.

This is the rest of the first page, trying out paintings and drawings.





I drew and painted the couple from the sketchbook.




The lady on the left didn't turn out quite right so I drew her again.  I also smudged Mr. Whatizname's right leg so drew him another one for a Photoshop transplant later.
What is that, bottom right?  It was supposed to be a car - hahaha!


I assembled the images like a painted jigsaw puzzle using Photoshop.





The great advantage of this method is that with any image I can alter the colours, make it large or smaller or move it about to get the best composition.
The disadvantage is that I don't have a finished painting, but I do have a scene that I can make into cards or have printed and framed.


At "Mix it Monthly" this month, the theme is "A Happy Couple" and happily this couple is happy, having a little chat in their happy village street.




27 comments:

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I love your HAPPY couple Sheila and I enjoyed reading and watching this post!
Unique sketches as always !
You made an adorable scene with all this elements!

oxo
Susi

sirkkis said...

They look so fun that they must be happy! I have so fun with your hilarious art and following how you created it. Thanks Sheila :)

The Happy Whisk said...

Always great fun to see what you come up with. I love your child-like approach to fun and art.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

I marvel at how you put all your elements together and again, how you make something SO tiny. xox

limmelon said...

Your sketchbook is a real source of inspiration. I love the way you draw and paint the elements of the picture then construct the finish with photoshop and a lot of twiddling. A superb result. Love it, Awesome !!

Annie said...

A most delightful village Sheila! How wonderful it must be to have a bad foot and simply draw another to replace the bad one via photoshop. Are those flowers growing on the roof of the largest home? I have only seen that before accomplished on a flat roof. Oh the magic of Sheilaart! The couple is devine and the whole village is a perfect example of all co-habitating together beautifully. I love watching your bits and pieces process of bringing it all together in an art piece.

craftytrog said...

I love your unique characters Sheila, and that wonderful happy scene you created x

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely picture with all those fun characters.The lady looks a bit like a neighbour - well, she has the same colour hair and likes purple. Valerie

Jeannette said...

Ooh sheila,your couple has a fun charakter,haha,love the hair style and the wonderful liitle dream world,with the cute car and littles birds,fab artwork.
here its stormy weather with many rains drops,so big,my gosh,hope that going better.

greetings jeannette

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

Love your "strange couple," Sheila! And all your whimsical drawings. :) And hoe you puzzle them together with photoshop never ceases to dazzle me!

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

(How, not "hoe" - but you knew what I meant!)

Jackie said...

I love your creativeness and your pieces are such fun. I'm wondering what your happy couple are saying whilst chatting in the High Street!

Pia Rom said...

Aww Sheila, you never fail to make me giggle :) I am happy to know now YOUR happy couple! They seem to have fun with each other and the city they are living in is very inviting! Bird´s have their own sidewalk and beautiful castles are build right beneath the mainstreet! And not to mentioned Mr Whatizname's new leg fits him perfect! Happy to see the operation went well, haha ♥ Conny Mix It Monthly

Margik said...

What a funny couple! Girl's hair looks amazing. Love the happy scene you've created here. It'd be interesting to see your sketchbooks.

Tammie Lee said...

hello
enjoyed how you went about this
all the little blue beings at the bottom charmed me
i love the realms that you create.

Evergreen Mo said...

Once again great Art, Fun and Creativity. Love the odd couple but as I am fighting mice just now the little creatures underfoot are scary.

CS-CreativArt said...

Your style is your way! and that is wonderful! I love your art and find it very interesting how you put the various parts together in Photoshop.

Anni - My Creative Life and Mixed Media Books said...

It's always so fun to visit your blog Sheila and see your drawings of different characters, love your couple and the happy village they live in.
Anni

Lori Saul said...

So beautifully creative and original!

johanna said...

a leg Transplantation via photoshop, i almost spilled my morning coffee over the pc Keyboard...!! TOO FUN!! i do not know a second Person who workes the way you do - thanks for explaining the process. i love the hair of mrs whatshername. and you definitely create Scenes where i think: i wish i could be there!! i think i would live in one of the houses on the hill:)

ULKAU said...

A wonderful post!! Your characters are so lovely, lovely to kiss. Ulrike

Diane said...

What fun characters and colors.

Hugs diane

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Fantastic ! I'm smiling reading your post, I agree your characters are quite lovely and such a great fantasy. I like their big bodies with the little legs :) Still smiling... Have a great weekend, Shirleyxx

kat said...

Oh you went wild with this one, so much fun! I love these hilarious characters and your wonderful original world, truly Esmeralda style! This definitely makes me smile too!

Jim Neil said...

A lot of craftsmanship here. You assemble, dissemble, paint and do surgical transplants of limbs. A fine end result, Sheila!

stefanie stark said...

You have so much phantasy and it's fantastic to see how you develop your artwork and tell us the how to. I'm always reading your instructions like a curious excited child :)

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

Your work is such fun ~ and I love seeing how it all comes together!