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Art by Erika Taguchi-Newton

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Armadillo Dream

Just finished this painting, hitting my end of the month deadline. This was a really fun piece to work on. I used the same technique I used on my Christmas painting. I used acrylics again to get the layering effect. The sky has about 8 layers of very thin glazes of paint. Not sure who's dreaming, the armadillo or the girl. They both have their eyes closed. The snails? They have that weird shimmery, translucent body. Maybe they can travel between dream world and real world. Next time you are dreaming, see if there are any snails around.

Armadillo Dream - Final

Lina wrote a little poem for this painting - I love it!:

Tenderly she plays a lullaby,
for all the animals and the sky.
She makes the flowers bloom,
and the kites fly high.
Daintily she spins the world
as she rides by,
our little Princess of Valentine.

Step-by-step:
WIP - Armadillo Dream (rough sketch)
Initial concept

WIP - Armadillo Dream (rough sketch 5)
Tighter sketch

WIP - Armadillo Dream (rough color)
Color comp in Photoshop

WIP - Armadillo Dream (Pencils)
Starting pencils on panel

WIP - Armadillo Dream (Pencils 2)
Still more pencils

WIP - Armadillo Dream (Pencils 3)
Whew! Done with pencils

Oops! Didn't take pics of the painting steps...

3 comments:

Lina said...

This came out so beautiful! Congrats!

Carmen SaldaƱa said...

Wow, you´re incredible! I love your style, is beautiful and full of life and magic.
This illustration is truly wonderful.

:-)

Krista said...

This is soooo gorgeous!