Gooney Bird & Giraffe
This is the fifth wild animal design in my series of Christmas Critters. This is a whimsical yellow giraffe with maroon spots, a blue eye, orange ears and mane wearing a hat. Sitting on top of his head is a teal gooney bird with an orange beak and multi-colored feathers, and also wearing a hat. The background is a solid lavender.
Most of my ideas occur to me while I’m out walking. I plan the design in my head, such as which animals to combine and their colors. When I get back to my studio, I begin by chosing the hand-painted papers from my folder and use my sketchbook for either drawing more subject matter, or using some that I’ve done in the past. I edit the drawings using tracing paper. Sometimes I change my mind on the colors because by starting with the background color, everything has to work together: value changes, textures, and the use of complementary colors. I keep a pad of paper near by me while I work, as other cool ideas occur to me for the next design. There’s always a connection between the current artwork and the following one. Many times I’ll think of a really good title and work from that aspect.
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|Original 8″ × 15″|
Teal metal frame (12" x 18"). Light gray and dark gray mats.
|Print 8″ × 10″|
Actual image size is 5.33″×10″.
|Print 11″ × 14″|
Actual image size is 7.47″×14″.
|Print 16″ × 20″|
Actual image size is 10.67″×20″.
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