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!
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.
I’ll soon be finishing up my little 3-D giraffe and then I will be onto my next paper sculpture.
The peonies in my garden this spring were so beautiful, I knew I had to make them into a paper sculpture. Here’s a smattering of some of the photos I will use as reference.
I’ll post the peony sketches very soon.
It 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.
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.
At 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.