Awesome Sauce – A Real Time Lettering Video

So, I’ve been working on making better videos for my YouTube channel.

I’ve made a new one that I hope is easier to watch. 🙂

In this video I sketched and lettered the quote “Awesome Sauce” for the #togetherweletter lettering challenge on Instagram.

Enjoy!

Chrystal

 

Aurora – Hand Lettering & Watercolor

Here’s another real time video for another lettering challenge. 🙂 This was for the #letteringwithtombow lettering challenge that I’m doing on Instagram.

Aurora is another word for dawn, so I thought I’d do a watercolor wash for the background that kind of resembled dawn.

Please let me know if there is anything particular you’d like to see me do regarding lettering in the near future. 🙂

-Chrystal

 

The Days Are Long – Hand Lettering Video

I’m so excited to announce that I will be adding real-time videos of my lettering processes on my new YouTube channel! I have quite a few people that have asked about my process and I finally got a tripod (YAY!) so I can now make some videos to show you. Please let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

Here’s the first video, available now!

There’s no talking or sound because I’m shy and I also forgot to add some music. 🙂

Let me know if there’s anything particular you’d like to see me do lettering-wise in the near future.

-Chrystal

Little Fox Watercolor Painting [Process from Start to Finish]

I have been slacking as usual when it comes to getting a new blog post up. I initially had to take a break because I smashed my finger in our van door and couldn’t use it for a while. Then I just procrastinated because I’m really really good at that. 🙂

Anyway, here is a painting I recently did of a little fox. I’ve been doing a lot of lettering lately and felt the need to do something a little different.

Materials Used (including links to where I purchased them):

Winsor & Newton – Cotman Water Colors Sketcher’s Pocket Box

Pentel Aquash Water Brush – Fine

Canson XL Watercolor Paper – 140lb / 300gr

Uni-Ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Pen – White Ink

White 2 Deleter Manga Ink

Pilot Color Eno Neox Mechanical Pencil Lead – .7 mm – Soft Blue

Prismacolor Scholar Colored Pencils (Regular cheap colored pencils are perfect too.)

 

I started here by sketching a little fox on a little hill using my soft blue lead. I just purchased this lead for the first time and love the way it erases so easily when I need it to.

Little Fox Painting by chrystalizabeth - Including process from start to finish with photos.

I gave the area around the fox a quick wash of light blue watercolor.

Little Fox Painting by chrystalizabeth - Including process from start to finish with photos.

Then added a couple layers of darker blue watercolor. Getting darker and closer to the edges with each layer. Also a wash of green on the little hill.

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I added some light-ish brown on the fox, making sure not to get the areas that I will keep white and the eyes which will end up being a nice purple color.

Little Fox Painting by chrystalizabeth - Including process from start to finish with photos.

One more darker layer of blue around the edges and a darker layer of green. Also a little more brown on the little fox.

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Now for some detail. I added some green texture on the hill using a green colored pencil. I also added some shading with a lavender pencil on the little fox and hill, but then decided to use a purple watercolor. I also added some little plants around the hill which I covered up earlier and, with that, decided to not add back the little plants that were going to be on the hill in the middle area. Lastly I added the purple eyes, a purple nose and mouth, and purple on the tips of the ears. With the eyes I made them darker towards the top and lighter on the bottom areas.

Little Fox Painting by chrystalizabeth - Including process from start to finish with photos.

For finishing touches I added some spattered stars using the Deleter ink and some that I added individually with the the white gel pen. Also, using the gel pen, I whitened the white areas on the fox and added some shine in the eyes and on the nose.

Little Fox Painting by chrystalizabeth - Including process from start to finish with photos.

Here’s the finished painting. I edited the colors using GIMP to make it more vivid. You might also notice, I fixed the hill under the butt/tail area. 🙂

Little Fox Painting by chrystalizabeth - Including process from start to finish with photos.

This is available in both my Society6 and Redbubble shops.

Lettering & Watercolor: Sweet Christmas [From Start To Finish]

Here’s a Christmas Illustration I’ve been working on. From start to finish. I thought it would be cute knowing how much my family loved to look forward to all the sweets during the holidays. 🙂

I sketched it out. Then used my brush marker to do the lettering, and my Micron pen to outline the drawing. Then used some watercolor paints to paint it. Once I was finished with all of that, I scanned and edited it in my free GIMP program (similar to Photoshop).

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Supplies I used were:

  • Plain white paper
  • Generic Cheap Watercolors/Brushes
  • Black Tombow Brush Pen
  • Black Sakura Pigma Micron Pen (01)

 

I decided to show both versions of the final illustration. While editing it, I randomly put a white overlay on it and got a really nice pastel result.

So, you get to see the original final version and the pastel final version.

I’d love to know what version you like best.

And your favorite dessert to eat during the holidays! Mine is really almost anything homemade. I’m horrible… I can’t think of one thing in particular. 🙂

~Chrystal

Lettering: Brave [from start to finish]

Here’s a quote I did recently that I loved from Doctor Who. It was said by his companion Clara. Her last words actually. Something that I thought was so great because she was able to end the show with so much strength and bravery.

“Let Me Be Brave” – Clara Oswald

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This design is available online in my Society6 & RedBubble shops. 🙂

Stellar Girl {Drawing+Digital}

Something a little different today. I was drawing some girls while watching Netflix and really liked how this one came out.

Stellar Girl | chrystalizabeth

 

I took this photo and opened it in GIMP and created a space background for her hair. Love how it all turned out. 🙂

Stellar Girl | chrystalizabeth