Since I have Photoshop CC on my computer I learned a lot.
This week I made my first little animation. It is a bit clumsy but I like that.The birds are made in a class by Carla Sonheim. I posted the video in the facebook class group and someone said some sweet words: “Love the relationship and the marching forward to meet love”! I really like it when people fantasize little stories about what I make. Luckily birds don’t kiss each other.
Have a great day!
Two years ago someone ask me to illustrate an education book for little children. It is about two women who love each other and live their live with pleasure and with difficulties.
I took my time. One illustration in a month. And I finished 10 illustrations. I was happy and she was happy.
But unfortunately it will not be published. I want to show them all in this blog to say goodbye to this project.
Luckily I’m working on a new project and I can do it much faster this time! I keep you informed!
I wish you very creative 2018!
This pencil face sketch I made for the ‘Held captive’ class by Jeanne-Marie Webb. I drew several in a small sketchbook . This is the one I like the most.
I discovered that I can’t copy photos or use them as a reference. I fail… and I found it far more fun to make them by my own fantasy. Or better said I love to let them arise. I don’t have a plan when I start, so I surprise myself.
Here I show you how that works for me. I draw the last face of the book. I use a stumper to smear the pencil and to make shadow.
I love faces but I disliked working with a pencil. I’m still not really excited about it but I had fun to make this book. You can imagine that all these people are relatives or friends and they all have their own stories and emotions. I hope you enjoy the book.
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Photoshop CC isn’t a easy program to work with for me. But I’m learning. This time a lesson by Anne Bollman. (Illustration in Photoshop: Professional Work From Your Sketches) On Skillshare.
The subject is Boris. He past away a month ago and I miss him. So this was a good opportunity ‘to be with him’…
I struggled a lot with Photoshop. It does sometimes weird things and I know it is me that does the wrong things but when you don’t understand what you did wrong you think it is the computer or the program. Don’t you? I do!
I started with photo’s and made a sketch in photoshop. But I got so frustrated that I cheated and continued on my Ipad with procreate.
I found out that I made a too complicated illustration. I tried it again with alone his head, in Photoshop. Made the sketch on paper with a marker instead of on the computer with the mouse. You see the various steps and the final result. As a good portraitist I made him a bit younger and more handsome.
Hello everyone! Sorry for being occupied with lot of things and having no time to blog…
It was not that there is nothing to say or to show. I don’t know where to start….
I made a new lesson on Skillshare. Fantasy birds on postcards. It is a great success! I have more than 200 students and they are very enthusiastic. 25% recommended the class to others. Just some of the reviews:
“Loved this class! Great for people just getting into mixed media or for more experienced artists to loosen up. A perfect project to do with kids also. I hope to see lots of classes from this instructor.”
“Fantastic class! Herma does a wonderful job describing her process and encouraging students to let their imagination fly!”
If you use this link you can try Skillshare two months for free. I love this platform for creative people! Learned so much there.
And there is more….there is a super fun shop in Alkmaar that sell these birds and other stuff made by me. Sorry I don’t have a photo from the birds.
I think that is enough for one post. Thank you for reading and thank you for visiting my website!
Have a good day!
I finally have photoshop CC on my computer. So now I have to learn to work with it. It is not easy but I love the possibilities! I like to make photo collages and the lesson by Meg Lewis on Skillshare combined that with some basics of photoshop. A perfect lesson for me.
I made one moodboard with a structure made by Meg. The photo’s are from our holiday in Etretat (France).
And I want to make a square one because I love square. I made my own structure. I used photo’s I made on the beach last autumn on Terschelling (Holland).
I love the beach as you can see…
I treated myself to an Ipad Pro and an Ipad pencil. Just before my holidays. So in France I learned a lot about Procreate. A perfect app for illustrating. I took lessons on Skillshare.
Here you can see some of my work and the progress I made. I hope I made progress…
For the first attempt to make a digital painting I used a photograph of the view from our hotel window in Etretat.
I played with some familiar subjects for me, letters and girls.
A calendar with a robin…and a mandala made with amaziograph.
I worked on scanned photo’s. That was fun!
And I used photo’s to illustrate this car and girl with the parasol. With procreate you can trace the photo and transform the subject in an other layer!
I worked on a spot made by an acrylic pallet and stamped on a paper. I scanned the spot and this busy lady disappeared.
Then I made monsters, a Skillshare lesson by NIc Squirrell. I was addicted…so much fun to do!
And the last thing I made was a seamless pattern. But I needed photoshop to finish it.
I posted the pattern on Redbubble and on Society6. I’m not yet familiar with these sites so my shops are very minimal. But it is fun to see your design on products!
Thank you for reading and watching and for being here!
I finally finished my 30-daily Minimies. You can read about the start in this post.
I didn’t manage to do every day an illustration. It was much harder than the Robins. I don’t know why. So I made the last ones only when I was inspired. I really like this one I made after a visit at the Talens Experience in Apeldoorn. I was there on a day about Fiep Westendorp. I red two books about her work and noticed that there were some similarities in her work and my Minimie. (I don’t want to compare myself with her!) So I tried to make a Minimie in Fieps style with her dog Knor.
And I like Minimie dressed up as Pippi Longstocking. I love Pippi!
And this are all the 30 Mimimies. You can also find them on Instagram where you can see them better. What shall I do with them?
Thank you for reading and have a nice day!
I always like to make something useful. So combining illustrations and products is like a dream for me. I did a Skillshare lesson to learn to use a pattern on a product.
I don’t have Illustrator or Photoshop CC. But I have Photoshop Elements and Corel Draw. That works more or less for me. Nevertheless I’m very jealous (in a good way) of people who have one or both programs to work with….because I can’t achieve very neat and easy results. But I had fun to work on this project and working on the computer makes it much more easy then drawing everything by hand.
This are the two illustrations I started with.
I made four patterns with them.
I love to picnic so I choose picnic attributes. A picnic blanket, umbrella, a bag, plates, cups, cutlery, napkins, and a thermos. (note the Dutch way of writing picnic…:-))
And as the cherry on the cake I made a mock up with a klomp (clog)
I would love to use my own designed products! And who knows what is in the future…
Have a great day and thank you for being here!
After the robins I wanted a new project. And of course it had to be Minimie! She needs attention. I started about eight days ago. #30dailyMinimies. You can follow Minimie on Instagram on daily base.
This is what happens to her in the first days:
Have a nice day!