Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Imaginary Animals: Tutorial and Book Giveaway!


Hi there! 

My name is Carla Sonheim. I was one of The Sketchbook Challenge hosts in 2011 and am happy to be back as a guest today!

I asked Sue if I could come over and do a quick tutorial from my new book, "Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop with Carla Sonheim." It's been shipped to all vendors (including amazon.com) and people should expect their pre-ordered copies very soon!




Your theme for September is "patterns," so I couldn't resist posting this Oaxacan Dotted Elephant tutorial (which appears as Chapter 4 of the new book). It was inspired by the beautiful painted Oaxacan wood animal carvings. Here it is!

Oaxacan Dotted Elephant

Supplies Needed
Black felt tip pen (such as a Sharpie)
One piece of 8.5" x 11" hot pressed watercolor or drawing paper
Small set of watercolors, brush
An assortment of colored pencils and markers
White paint pen

STEP 1: Doodle 8-10 quick, scribbly elephants in your sketchbook. (Don't think about it too much... you will have time to embellish later... just draw!) Pick the one that you like the best, and scan into the computer. Enlarge to fit nicely on an 8″x10″ paper; print (I printed on 140# Fabriano hot press watercolor paper). Of course, if you don't have a scanner or printer, you can re-draw your elephant shape directly onto your watercolor paper.
STEP 2: With a black permanent marker, draw in curvy lines around the existing lines. Think "thick" and "thin." Fill in with your black marker to create a stained-glass-like look.
STEP 3: Paint a transparent layer of watercolor, using several colors. Let dry completely.
STEP 4: Using markers and colored pencils, color in your elephant with lines, dots and patterns until you are pleased. I like to use very light-hued Copic markers, as well as lighter-colored water soluble markers (like pink or yellow Crayolas).
(detail)
STEP 5: Finish with a white paint pen. Add dots along the black lines, and any other place you feel needs a little white.
Done!

If you do an elephant (or any other creature) using this tutorial, please post it at The Sketchbook Challenge flickr site so we can all see!
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Book and Art Giveaway!

Head on over to my blog today for a chance to win a copy of "Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop with Carla Sonheim," AND a mini Oaxacan Elephant original drawing! Just leave a comment telling me why you would like to win a copy of the book. I will pick two winners on Sunday, September 30th: one "randomly," and one based on your comment (I'll pick the one that "speaks" to me the most).

Thanks, and I look forward to your comments!

Carla Sonheim



14 comments:

  1. I would love to win your book. I'm in the middle of a tranformative phase and think your book would be a delicious component for the next noursihing part of my life. I will try your techniques with illustrating plants and trees.

    Thank you!

    Debbie

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  2. I would love to win your book. I'm in the middle of a tranformative phase and think your book would be a delicious component for the next noursihing part of my life. I will try your techniques with illustrating plants and trees.

    Thank you!

    Debbie

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  3. Once you labeled this Oaxacan, I was hooked! Will definitely give it a try.
    Rinda

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  4. Been so looking forward to your new book Carla! Great pattern post too! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I'm trying this. Thanks for the tutorials. Imaginary animals brings smiles! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. O my, what a wonderful path I'm going down, thinking about imaginary animals! I'll use my dog & cat as jumping off points, go wild from there. Thanks for the chance at the book, sounds great!

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  7. Too late, Carla! I've already ordered your book; it began its journey to my house yesterday. :-)

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  8. What a GREAT project - I can have so much fun with this!!! Thanks again for your continued inspiration and whimsicalness ~

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  9. What a creative way to draw! I love it!

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  10. "OOOHHHH! Pick me!! Pick me!!" -
    Do you hear me speaking to you??!! Seriously, I've loved your Drawing Lab book and I can't wait to see this new one!! I've never drawn animals so prompts would push me in that direction!

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  11. As much as I would love this book to be all for me, I think my 10-year old daughter is the perfect recipient for the book! She has always been artistic, and this past year she has really been exploring her creative ideas. In fact, this past summer she won the Jim Pittman Award in Lunenburg Nova Scotia ... a contest open to kids grade 4 - 12, and she won first over all! Meanwhile she has friends and teachers trying to tell how to make art ... How things "should look". There is nobody but me and my artist sister encouraging her to let herself go. She loves looking at your work, and I really think having your book would help her learn that real people agree ... Not just her totally uncool mum.

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