Friday, September 25, 2015

Grandma's Christmas Story -Paint Party Friday

I have been commissioned to produce a self-published children's book for a friend of mine.  The title is Christmas With Grandma.  I have completed the drawings in graphite and took them to my friend for her perusal last Monday.  She LOVED it!  Next I will do the lineart, and the last step will be to add full color.

I have had SO much fun with this project.  This is my favorite drawing so far.  The book is ten pages long, along with a front cover, dedication and title pages. 


Above you see my lovely model, Lorie, who commissioned the project.  I LOVE her face.  I did a photoshoot for reference photos--as you can see the camera loves her!  I admit though, it was quite a challenge to make the dolls into little girls--but I think I have succeeded.  

Happy Paint Party Friday, all you wonderful artists and beautiful people. God bless you, dear ones.  Have a lovely weekend and thank you for dropping by.






26 comments:

Christine said...

It's lovely Beth, what a great idea to use the dolls for reference, it works!

Paper rainbow said...

This is a lovely drawing!

Indira said...

Beautiful drawing. I would love to be one o the girls in that drawing listening to the story. Your portraiture of your friend is beautiful.

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Clare Lloyd said...

Super drawing.

Faye said...

What a wonderful project you are doing, Beth! Your rendition in graphite is super. I know this will be a huge success.

Julie said...

What a great drawing and this sounds like such a fun project!

Carol said...

You did a great job on the drawing and your friend is going to end up with a fabulous book ♥

Tracey Fletcher King said...

what a beautiful rendering of that wonderful photo... your skills are simply fabulous... have a great painting week...xx

sirkkis said...

So sweet drawing. They look happy, the fairytale must be lovely.

SusuPetal said...

Oh, I like these kind of projects! Your drawing is homely and cozy and your model in the photo truly has light on her face.Hope you show us how the picture is getting along, it would be cool to see!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This is sooo sweet! Love it!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Congratulations! Your drawing is so sweet. Blessings!

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Congratulations!!! The portrait is perfect. Well done
Nicole/Beadwright

Linda Kunsman said...

this is beautiful! What an achievement to put together a book. I'm sure it is going to be fabulous!

Leovi - La FotografĂ­a Efectista Abstracta said...

Fine composition, sweet world of great stories!
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minnemie said...

I 've scrolled through your earlier posts and am so impressed with your process of turning realistic reference picture into fabulous fairy tale images, thus mingling beauty, imagination and truth. Fabulous!

mandysea said...

Oh my, You have succeeded turning those little dolls into girls. Your line drawing is fabulous. Congrats on the commission! How exciting!

Giggles said...

This is beyond exciting... I just adore this sketch...wow so impressive...Your friend is perfect as are the little girls... well done...so fun!! Happy for you my dear! That book will be so special!

Hugs Giggles

BLOGitse said...

Looks like your model took her job 'seriously' - she looks so natural!
Have a creative week!

Diane Baker-Williams said...

So looking forward to seeing these all in color! Your work is amazing. Can not imagine how good it feels to work on such a memorable project.

denthe said...

What a lovely idea! she was right to ask you to do the artwork. Can't wait to see these in colour!

Ginny said...

I think this is a wonderful project. It must be so much fun to collaborate with your friend. Such a creative idea to use the dolls. I hope you have lots and lots of fun working on this. I can't wait to see the finished book.

Jill Holmes said...

This is a great illustration, Beth! Of course your friend loved them! How fun to work on such a neat project with a friend. That was really a good idea to stage the dolls to get a better idea of proportions and placement. The "children" in your sketch look great. :-)

leekrek said...

What a great opportunity

JKW said...

You must feel so flattered. What a great project. I can't wait to see more of it. Blessings, Janet PPF

TexWisGirl said...

wonderful job!