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.

Tiny Things

Next time I step outside
I will make sure to look down
More this time
To appreciate the tiny things
That come together
to make a mighty site.