Thursday, July 31, 2014

Coasters & Crafty Things

Time to break out some old stuff! I'm contemplating making some crafts to sell on Etsy, and painting wooden coasters is sounding really appealing to me right now. I've only painted coasters once before, a set of six I painted for my sister for a Christmas present back in 2012, and I had a blast with them. I'd love to try my hand at a similar project sometime in the near future. Actually, my mom is a decorative painter and has a large collection of wooden surfaces just begging to be painted... *plots*


I think the cover of the container was my favorite part. It reminded me of painting henna, except more loose and doodley.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Enchanted Wreath

The Enchanted Wreath by Kelsey Hamersley. May 2014. Traditional inks colored digitally in Photoshop.

This project followed a similar construction process to my previous Tangled screenshot project, which was created for the same class. Our last assignment for the class, Rendering Techniques, gave us some freedom in selection and subject matter; we were supposed to work digitally, but could choose Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator.

I found Photoshop to be better suited to my style (I'm a big fan of linework, and Illustrator was more about shape, plus I liked being able to work out the main drawing by hand, as that's my strong suit) so that's what I went for. Instead of copying a pencil drawing and inking over it, I drew a rough pencil sketch and did all of the inking on tracing paper. It was a little painful for me putting hours of work into such a poor surface, but I liked drawing over pencil through the tracing paper better than drawing over a copied pencil sketch. I felt more free stray from the path and experiment and less like I was tracing and had to get every line right. I was also inspired by Tony DiTerlizzi's drawing process (see for example) and wanted to try a similar method out for myself.

The original ink drawing, scanned into the computer:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tangled Screenshot Art

By Kelsey Hamersley. Spring 2014. Traditional inks colored digitally in Photoshop.
This was a school project, where we chose a dynamic screenshot from a movie (the more dramatic, the better), scanned an initial pencil drawing and printed it in non-photo blue, inked it, scanned it in again, and colored it in the computer. I used a Wacom tablet working on this when I was at school, and a mouse when I was at home. I could have edited the inks more in Photoshop, but chose to focus on the color because this was my first Photoshop project.

The class was Rendering Techniques, and it started with more traditional drawing and then carried over into digital, using Photoshop and, later on, Adobe Illustrator. I enjoyed the chance to get my foot in the door with working digitally, though I was stressed because I have very little experience creating art on computers. This particular project followed the process used for creating comic books. I'm a big fan of pen & ink so it was fun being able to use an element that was inside my comfort zone before stepping into the digital work.

So that you can see what a big difference the color made in this project, here's the ink drawing:


Feel free to use the black & white version as a coloring page if you want. ^_^

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Grand House


The Grand House by Kelsey Hamersley. Drawn with pen & ink and painting in watercolor and acrylic. Another installment in the fairy tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon; this time, the part where the lassie and the white bear journey to visit her family.

The tale up to this point is pretty similar to Beauty and the Beast; the Beast also allows a homesick Beauty to leave to see her family before returning to his castle. But the tales diverge quite a bit after this, and that's where the parts I love about East of the Sun and West of the Moon come in to play. Bring on the trolls and the winds!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The North Wind

The North Wind
A scene from the fairy tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Here the lassie meets the fiercest of the winds, on her quest to find her beloved.

"So when they got to the North Wind's house, he was so wild and cross, cold puffs came from him a long way off.
'BLAST YOU BOTH, WHAT DO YOU WANT?' he roared out to them ever so far off, so that it struck them with an icy shiver." -East of the Sun and West of the Moon

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Night of Stars

Painted in watercolor and acrylic, November 2013. I mostly painted this in watercolor, and then pulled out highlights with white acrylic.

The scene is from a short story I've been working on, titled The Night of Stars. (The title was inspired by the song Barcarolle (Night of Stars) as sung by Charlotte Church...or played by my sister on the piano.)  There's an inspiration board for the story on Pinterest, if you want to see a little of what's going on in my head. Also, what I've written thus far is posted on Figment. I played around a little with the painting in Photoshop to create a book cover for it:
My art and my stories both are strongly influenced by all of the books and fairy tales I've read through my life, and this painting is a prime example.