Too Tall Tully

Here’s some photos of my completed paper-sculpted giraffe. He was fun to create. I especially liked making his eyes and the mane of this young giraffe. I exaggerated his mane on top of his head and the ossicones, which I think adds character to his cute little face. I think he looks like a young giraffe just starting to figure out what mischief to get into.

I chose the name Tully (Gaelic origin), because it means peace. I think of giraffes as looking like they are calm and peaceful animals. But, I like to think this young little giraffe named Tully  also has a little bit of a playful spirit in him.

Sketching the Giraffe

I decided I wanted to make a paper sculpture of a giraffe. Before I start my sculptures, I like to draw a lot of sketches. Sketching is all part of my initial planning stage. It really helps me to work through a lot of different types of decisions I need to make before I can even begin the 3D elements of one of my paper sculptures.

How large will the finished paper sculpture be? Will it be photo realistic or more whimsical? Will the giraffe be facing forward or will it be a profile view? Am I going to make his whole entire body? What do I want to focus on and draw attention to? What will the composition of the piece look like?

I like their eyes and their long eyelashes, so that is something I wanted to highlight. I also wanted to show off his mane and his ossicones (horn-like antlers) on the top of his head. After lots of sketching, I decided I would make a 3D portrait of the giraffe instead of showing his whole entire body. And, I wanted to show his face as a profile view and have it look like he is coming out from behind the white mat of the framed picture.

Here are some of the preliminary sketches I drew of my giraffe.

Coming up in my next blog post: the finished giraffe!

Lots of Love for the Giraffe

The other day I was thinking about all the animals I have drawn during the course of my illustration career. Over the years I have drawn animals from all different types of environments such as elephants, frigate birds, peacocks, lizards, monkeys, cardinals, zebras, and lots more. Many of the illustrations were painted in watercolor and gouache or pen and ink line art for various children’s publications, activity pages, games, and greeting cards.

I would have to say that one of my favorite animals to draw is a giraffe. Of course, everyone knows they have that very long neck, but I also like them because they are so tall and I think those long eyelashes give their faces so much character.

Here’s a couple of my giraffe illustrations I’ve done over the years. And, in a few weeks, you will see my next paper sculpture. Yep, you guessed it — a giraffe!

Giraffes

Double The Fun: Finished Peonies

These peonies were fun to create. The white peony has a beautiful center of different shades of brilliant yellow with a tinge of orange on the tips. The dark colored peony are a combination of purples, alizarin crimson and magentas, which are some of my favorite colors. I framed both in small, black shadowbox frames with a white mat. I think they would be nice hung together on a wall — perhaps filling up that empty little nook.

Under The Sea

Seahorse paper sculpture by Melinda FabianIt was fun to create this whimsical paper sculpture.

I wanted to feature a golden-colored seahorse sitting among the colorful coral reef. It was hard to stop adding more and more of the purple and fuchsia colors to the reef. I like the contrast of the vibrant colors against the bright, white mat and shadow box picture frame.

These Under The Sea sculptures are fun to create – always a bit more imaginative than some of my other photo realistic works. Hopefully it makes people happy when they see the colorful little under the sea creatures.

 

Keeping Watch

I was looking through recent photos I took of my paper sculptures and realized I had taken a picture of this little guy before I attached him to the background and framed him in the shadowbox frame.

Miniature eagle paper sculptureAt a quick glance, it almost looks like I am holding onto a tiny bald eagle! But it is all made from paper. The individually, hand-cut feathers and even the talons are made from paper.

This miniature sculpture, titled “Keeping Watch,” is a part of the 26th International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC. It will be on display and for sale from May 6 through June 3, 2017.

Happy Bunny Day

Happy Bunny Day paper sculpture by Melinda FabianThe first signs of spring are in my yard, not only robins, but also little baby bunny rabbits hopping all over. Mama bunny and her little ones can be seen eating the fresh green grasses that sprout up among my purple crocus, yellow daffodils and tulips. They are so cute, I just had to make a little three-dimensional paper sculpture of a bunny rabbit. I wanted to add a little humor to it, so I included the sign, “Please Keep Off the Grass.”

The entire picture is made from paper – even the little bunny’s fur. Then it is painted in watercolor and gouache.

Happy Bunny Day is available at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC. It will be there from May 6 through June 3, 2017.