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.

This little paper sculpture is now at the Artists’ Emporium – a new gallery at 220 N. Washington Street in Havre de Grace, MD.

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.

Yikes! Get Me Out of Here!

I was thrilled to find out I received Honorable Mention for my miniature paper sculpture titled, Yikes! Get Me Out of Here!

I was thinking about some of the experiences my family and I had when we went out looking for blue crabs. We always had a fun time – lots of laughing – especially when one of those blue crabs would make a run for it. It always amazed me how those critters with all those crazy looking legs could get them to cooperate and get moving so fast, darting across the sand or running across the deck to go back to the safety of the water. This is how I came up with the idea to create a picture of a basket full of crabs – with a couple of escapees!

The entire picture is made from paper that was then painted in watercolor and gouache. Even the sand is made from painted paper.

This paper sculpture is in the 25th Annual International Miniature Show at Parklane Gallery in Kirkland, WA. The show is May 2 and goes till June 4, 2017.