Gerbera Daisy Galore

Last week I mentioned that I was going to make a bunch of paper daisies in a variety of sizes. As I was working on the center of the daisies I remembered how pretty the Gerbera Daisy centers looked and thought they would also be fun to make.

I made a phone call to my local grocery stores’ flower shop, and found out they had some in their store. They had quite a few different colors and varieties of the Gerbera daisies, but I knew I couldn’t buy all of them and decided to narrow it down to two different colors of daisies. It was not an easy decision to only pick two colors out of the whole bunch. They all look so beautiful. But, if I bought more, I wouldn’t be able to make them in paper before they wilted. It is so nice to work form the live flowers instead of working from photographs.

Here are a couple of photos in progress. My favorite one is the photorealistic pink Gerbera Daisy. I liked working out the details of the center of the daisy and figuring out how to replicate it by just using paper and paint.

I also made a variety of different sizes of daisies — purple and yellow and white ones. The yellow daisy is the largest one I made. It was nice to work on something larger than I normally do for a change.

What’s up for next week schedule … three-dimensional paper letters.

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A Little Daisy Will Do

For my next paper sculpture, I am going to make a sign made from 3D paper letters. It is going to be …

… Uh oh, I just got distracted!

Someone brought me a beautiful bouquet of daisies — all vibrant colors! Yellows, greens, oranges, and magenta. They are so pretty.

Now I am inspired to make a couple of different paper sculpture daisies in different colors and different sizes. I want to take advantage of the opportunity to work from the live flowers while they last.

I have three different projects in mind that I can use these flowers for, so I am going to stop working on my other project, so I am clearing off my desk and switching it over to flower sculpting time. This will be fun!

Here are some of my daisy photos. (More info about my sign at a later date!)

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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.

 

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.