This winter I wanted to do something a little different for the typical Collaborating For Success cover. Instead of a dramatic outside scene, I decided to paint a “warm curl up with a book, and drink hot cocoa” illustration.
I am still trying out the new paper (Strathmore Bristol Vellum 500 Series) and I am really enjoying it. The style has shifted slightly here from bold/dark line work to more of a value based painting. The other main change here is the use of Colored Pencil to layout the drawing rather than graphite. I enjoy not having the gray graphite, which makes everything look rather dead.
This painting was an adventure in learning. I think I learned more from this painting than I have in quite some time.
Final Painting: Digital/Watercolor