Thanks for popping in.
Dave and Paul have headed off up to Port Sunlight for the Show this Saturday, (set-up tomorrow)
but I have stayed behind to prep for the TV.
Added to which, it’s my dear Dad’s 80th birthday on Saturday,
so there’s another even more important reason for staying back!
I wanted to talk about the Nursery Rhymes themselves today.
As has been mentioned, I wrote several of them myself, because the old Mother Goose ones were either too dark, or I just couldn’t find one for the letter of the alphabet!
V, for example.
Here you see a very simple little verse:
V for Very.
Girls and boys
Read their books
And share their toys,
With the other girls and boys.
I mean, it’s not Wordsworth or Keats, I know!
But it starts with V, and it was intended for children after all!
I drew a little girl sitting in the V of the tree,
guess what? Yep, reading!
Here you can see I took the time to colour in the image in the book,
and you can also see one of the Groovi demos all ready to rock n’ roll on Monday! Again, not too complex, but on Monday I would like to show you how to lay out the words using a Groovi plate.
Let’s track the colouring in….
I used my pride and joy Faber-Castell Polychromos,
but the Pergaliners work very well too.
The first thing to do is work out what’s the tree
and what’s the letter!
Then several shades of green for the leaves.
Starting with the lightest colour.
Next, figure out what colour her dress is going to be,
and which layers are the petticoat.
Again, start with the lightest colour.
I think we’ll match the hat and the petticoat.
She’s got a bit of a pouty lip, so we will leave it alone!
Just because the lineart is plain,
that doesn’t mean the scarf has to be plain!
We do like a bit of tone-in-tone, don’t we!
I could spend more hours enhancing and deepening,
but this will have to do.
Add a slight shadow under her foot to finish.
Over time, I think I would like to colour in the whole little book,
as a keepsake.
Looks like it was always like that now, doesn’t it.
Love & Hugs,