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Ice cream and donut  done with with acrylics and colored pencils.

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Baby year


I’ve been absent for a while, due to having a wonderful baby boy, and taking some time off to care for him. As much as I enjoyed having a baby year, I’m so glad to be back to work now!

I managed to finally get into sewing too, since there was just no time for knitting with all the baby stuff going on. And nursing wear is insanely expensive when bought ready made. This has all left me with a huge appreciation for the great selection of print fabrics we have available here in Finland for children and adults both, and a definite yearning to try my hand at fabric design!

My poor garden has been pretty neglected too, though we did manage to plant a cherry tree and insert a new garden arch this year. And we got a kitchen compost, so delicious fertilizer coming up next year!

I’ll update some old stuff to the blog I’ve forgotten to post earlier, and some new stuff upcoming soon too!

The image was part of a baby card sent out, continuing my experimentation with colored pencils and acrylic washes.

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Unicorn Inks and the progress to final

So, final (for now)!

As well as the final stage of my exploration, I’m also happy enough to call the latest revision final, hopefully to stay that way. It took a while to get this  one done, as I needed to determine the art supplies I was missing and make the trip to buy them.

I’ve never used hot pressed watercolor paper before, as for some reason it’s a bit hard to find. I got a few different versions to test, one pure white and one yellow tinted. This one is on the yellow tinted paper, but as it makes transferring to the computer a bit more challenging I think I’ll stick to the white one in the future.

So, hot pressed watercolor paper, rohrer & klingner waterproof inks and colored pencils:


I attached the whole of the process of style exploration for easy viewing, beginning from bottom. Now that the style and materials are settled on, I’ll continue on to take the rest of the roughs to final.

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The other posts relating to this process and with more words about each stage:

Beginning of project:

Digital color roughs:

Experiments with different types of traditional media:

Revision of final drawing:

Round 2 of exploration:

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Colored Pencil Unicorn version 2

A second round with colored pencil and some ink washes. Still to got: a version with a lot more ink and a lot less pencil.


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Another little drawing.

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Another fantasy related drawing.

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