So. I've been pushing through depression and recently started to make things - and more important for sanity, finish things. I need to remind myself sometimes that the things I create are not, actually, terrible and I should do more.
This was a card for two of my husband's workmates who recently had another daughter. All I knew was she was called Pixie.
The main image of the little girl was sketched and then outlined in technical markers, coloured with water-colour paints and some soft shading added with chalk pastels. Ghiant sealant applied. The wings were a sheet of sealed laminate drawn on with an OHP permanent marker, coloured with glittery fabric glue, accented with Swarovski crystals.
Next was a commission from my mother-in-law, a retirement card for a workmate. Purple butterflies was the theme, and after a bit of prodding I found out the lady in question also enjoyed gardening.
Halfway through inking:
Partway through colouring:
Technical pens for inking. Colour was mostly glitter gel pens mixed with water, metallic paint markers, and chalk pastels. Painting was done using the tiniest detail brush and it still smudged a little in places. Swarovski crystal accents and some floral edging completed it.
My latest card was for an aunty's 50th birthday.
I was ready to throw this away halfway through inking. It was too stylized, the dogs looked wrong, and I cocked up some lines of the glass. Glitter came to the rescue - although I did plan on doing it initially, too. Pearlized cardstock, PVA glue with fine glitter sprinkled over, gold gel pen,glitter gel pen, metallic pencils and plain coloured pencils, finished off with (yes!) Swarovski crystals and some peel offs. The peel offs saved my life. I was tired of this card, even though objectively it took the least time.
Not sure this is properly 'art' but they are all hand-drawn one offs. Hopefully I can keep creating through the rough patches this time round.