Sunday, September 03, 2006

IF-safe



the mice family gathered around the stove to warm themselves from the winter. ahh..how safe it is to be inside.

i just realize how frustrating it is to work with watercolor. you can't make any mistake..!
and if you do, it all depends on your skill as how to cover it. i think i kind of messed this up...:( well, it's better than not posting anything. i guess i have to learn a lot lot lot more....!!

69 comments:

Amy Zaleski said...

Ah, so cozy....it really does feel safe. Very sweet illustration and great job on the lighting!

Michelle Lana said...

what a wonderful illo...love the glow of the fireplace!!!

ilustricia said...

This is so sweet and warm. They're definitely safe :)

Sweet Pea said...

I think this watercolour is beautifully done, soft and fluid and lovely warm colours :)

kat coyle said...

so cozy and inviting

Liz Jones said...

Ahh-- Lovely!! I don't see any mistakes!Watercolor is certainly demanding, but looks to me like you've risen to the challenge. Such a sweet and warm image!

JO said...

It's a wonderful watercolor, and a lovely scene.

Ken Chandler said...

Sweet image. Nice execution.

Katrine K said...

So warm and cozy, and safe!

tusen said...

it's really warm and safe and lovely. I like the glow and the shadows

Jana Bouc said...

I think it's great watercolor. You did a great job with the lighting and creating a warm cozy scene with cute characters.

Marion said...

What a nice little family!

Abigail said...

So sweet! Reminds me of Beatrix Potter.

Denise said...

You sure did NOT mess it up! I've never worked in watercolor either (this illustration friday is my first0, but I think you've pulled it off much, much better than mine. I was too scared to combine colors. You've done it nicely!

Knitting Painter Woman said...

Although time constraints have led me to mostly do digital submissions, I think the "mistakes" from watercolor are what make them exciting to paint, awe inspiring and sometimes BETTER than you every hoped. These mice look happy and cozy, and very safe, indeed.

annax said...

Beautiful illustration!

constanthing said...

I think you did great, it certainly looks warm and cozy in there :)

the enigma said...

thanks everyone for your kind comments! but you should see the real paint to understand how messy it really is..:-D

demosthenes said...

i agree with the rest, i dont see any mistakes.. here's a tip though.. you might try using guache if you want to cover something up. it's like watercolor only opaque. also, it doesn't matter what the original looks like as long as it reproduces well. ;-)

the enigma said...

demosthenes; thanks for your tip! i might have to learn other media too then..(of course you should!). well, no hurt to know. thanks!

DEW said...

You have an incredible style in a very difficult medium! Fabulous illustration and I agree that it reminds me of Potter who I love but I think your color execution is much richer (in my humble opinion - I haven't seen ALL of Potter's art!) Keep up the great work! I look forward to seeing your parables! Keep at that dream!!

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Alisa said...

so cute! I loved drawing mice families when I was a child :)

marisa said...

Ahh how cute. It looks so warm and cosy too.

Roz Foster said...

You did beautifully! I think I can feel that warm glow. Beautiful work!

Tony LaRocca said...

What cute little meeces! It's the family that makes them feel safe. Beautiful.

kg said...

this is beautiful - you captured the glow of the firelight beautifully. this reminds me of a book i loved when i was a child.

Muffin said...

So sweet and warm! Best part about winter, - sitting indoor reading in front of the fireplace. (:

Marco Antonio Sepúlveda said...

Bella ilustración, llena de colorido.

Saludos.

wynlen said...

I love the mood in this one. Great light!

Anette
www.wynlen.no

Franfou said...

wow ! I like children books art !!! so warm !!!

Joanne said...

Beautiful! I can see this in a children's book. Love the colors.

Halloweenville said...

this is really amazing..i love the warm feeling...very very well done..

Naru said...

beautiful watercolor. I feel safe with your painting. hmm~~

roz said...

its gorgeous! i wish i was there..

paipai said...

aku suka lightingnya, ehehe warm banget

Christy Beckwith said...

Oh this is lovely. I wish I were so talented with watercolors.

himavant said...

el, kamu pinter banget nggambar. kaya buku anak2. hangat.

punyaku emang ajaib banget. biasa kan seniman, ga suka di "kolam yang isinya sama semua" (maunya beda). aku perhatikan komentator yang 'mengerti' pasti punya 'masalah' yang sama dengan aku ha ha...

hari minggu ke pasar seni? aku kepengen..

himavant said...

el, kamu pinter banget nggambar. kaya buku anak2. hangat.

punyaku emang ajaib banget. biasa kan seniman, ga suka di "kolam yang isinya sama semua" (maunya beda). aku perhatikan komentator yang 'mengerti' pasti punya 'masalah' yang sama dengan aku ha ha...

hari minggu ke pasar seni? aku kepengen..

himavant said...

emang desek2an ya? wah males juga aku tapi ada dua teman orang belanda mau pergi. ga enak kalau ga nemenin.. adventuring aja kali yaa.. thanks info.

Gabrielle said...

Oh my, I sure can't see where you messed up, this is just totally lovely! I think you are well on your way to mastering those watercolours!

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Suzanne said...

I love this! The little mice all look so cozy and warm. Thanks for your comment on my illo--you're right, we did have a similar idea! :)

Lea Lyon said...

Thank you for your comment on my first posting to Illustration Friday, the "Safe at first base" watercolor. I don't think you messed this up at all. It is a lovely illustration and the glow of the light makes the viewer feel safe too. Your watercolors are nice and loose like mine. Fun, huh?

Bibi said...

How cute is this illustration?? I want to climb right inside and be a part of it!

the enigma said...

thank you a thousand times everyone for your kind comments, i really appreciate it! best wishes for everybody.

Ellen said...

Well I think it's stupendous!

bobdylan8 said...

No way did you mess that picture up! Excellent job!

Ethe said...

Nice illustration :)

Naturegirl said...

Oh my! Mice..I wrote a story about mice..this illustration is "perfect"! I came in by way of Carol's blogsite and I am pleased that I did! I must scroll down and view more of your talent!!

scribblesk said...

Glowingly beautiful! Love it!

Patrick said...

I had a watercolor teacher who told me how she did a kids' book on 300lb paper. When she made a mistake, she just took it off with a belt sander.

his has such a great sense of atmosphere and warmth. You didn't mess up at all. Great job!

Becky said...

awesome painting.
I would love to learn to do this.

I always liked little mice stories too like Beatrix Potter.

Alina Chau said...

What a warm lovely piece!

ValGalArt said...

i love it!

the enigma said...

thank you everybody! you just made my week! :-)

Frizz said...

So sweet. The warm light is fantastic!

Renee Kurilla said...

I feel almost like my post will get swallowed by all the other ones :)

Your sense of light is brilliant, it's not easy to capture in a painting, especially watercolor!

Here's a trick (I'm not sure if it's fullproof, but...) If you use a hairdryer and dry your layers as you paint them...if you make a mistake on a new layer (and the underneath is already dry, you can lift the paint off by adding water and dabbing lightly at the "mistake" :) with a paper towel or dr brush.
But I don't think you made any at all on this one!! This tip can be for future use!

Majeak Ann said...

when i see your illo it makes me feel good, warm comfy...
lovely work!
-Marjorie

tiffinix said...

This is so beautiful and sweet! I am in love with this piece. AMAZING!

Factoryrat71 said...

Awesome!! Love the warm,inviting light and the snow out of the window!

Ulla said...

this is sooooo lovely!

Anonymous said...

I love your mice!

menticia

the enigma said...

thanks everyone!

thnaks renee for the tips! truly appreciate it.

faeorain said...

I can't believe all this cool stuff that I missed while I was away. This painting is beautiful! Cute, warm and cozy. My kids love it too!

the enigma said...

thanks fae, where have u been...? ^_^

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