Mushroom Fest – Art Process

Here’s a sneak peek of how I created the Mushroom Fest illustration.

I started by drawing all of the elements very loosely and quickly using black ink on cold-press watercolor paper. (pictured above)

After all of the ink dried, I went in the next day and started adding color using acrylic paint and gouache paint.(pictured below)

It took several days to complete the final piece which measures 9″ x 12″ inches.
The color choices are mostly invented but the shapes are based on actual mushroom types. I like the technique of starting with a pen and ink base to paint over because it leaves a subtle boldness throughout the piece without looking too overpowering. I would say it creates an edgy but still friendly aesthetic.

Finally, after everything was painted to my satisfaction, I scanned the painting, dropped it into into Photoshop and moved the composition around so everything felt a little more balanced. And Tad Dah! It was done!

Cheers,

Yanuary

High and Low, Tall and Small

You look so high
and I so low
yet we are both tiny
seeking our home
in the sea of it all.

Forest Clams

Forest clam
dense and velvet soft
you cling to the rough edge
of a mighty companion
is it an arrangement of convenience?
Or perhaps, something more?
How did you get up there?
So high
does the rest of your kind know where you are?
Your Orange burns bright amidst this barren way.