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.

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Valentine’s Day Conversation Heart Pattern Designs

I have been working on quite a few things lately. One of them I’m still finishing up before I share it, but this one, I finished last night and can share it now!

With Valentine’s Day coming up in about a month, I wanted to make something special. I love the conversation candy hearts and wanted to make a design for it. I also love making patterns and haven’t been making a lot of them lately and kind of figured that these would be perfect.

I started brainstorming what I wanted on them and realized there were 3 very different emotions behind them. So, I decided to make all 3, making sure they represented the emotion behind them.

Sweet Hearts | A Valentine's Day Design by chrystalizabeth

  1. Sweet Hearts – A very romantic design for all those in love. The different sayings are: Sweet Pea, XOXO, Be Mine, Kiss Me, True Love, Only You, Cutie Pie, and Sweet Heart.

Tart Hearts | A Valentine's Day Design by chrystalizabeth

2. Tart Hearts – Something with not as much romance. It’s more fun and flirty. The different sayings for this design are: Ur Okay, Not Bad, Smile, Awesome, Sweet, Ur Cool, Cutie Pie, Flirt, and U Rock.

Sour Hearts | A Valentine's Day Design by chrystalizabeth

3. And lastly, Sour Hearts – I know not everyone likes Valentine’s Day for their own reasons. So there is this design. Something that shows the sassy, anti-Valentine side. The different sayings for this design are: Love Sux, Bite Me, Lame, You Wish, Yuck, Drop Dead, Meh, Nope, and Fail.

I know most people will be able to relate to at least one of these. Maybe even two. 🙂 You can find these designs at my Society6 Shop. You can find these designs on different products like coffee mugs, shirts, leggings, cards, pillows, and more!

♥ 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. 🙂

Watercolor: Stack of Books [From Start To Finish]

I’ve been working on a lot of things lately and can’t seem to remember to actually get some things put up on my blog. But here’s something I worked on just recently. A little behind the scenes.

I came across a quote that I wanted to use to make something new for my Society6 and RedBubble shops. It was: “We age not by years, but by stories”. Such a beautiful quote. I figured with it talking about stories, a stack of books would be a perfect background for it. And since I love watercolor, I went ahead and painted a stack of books.

I found this photo on Pinterest and used it as inspiration:

Vintage Books

And here’s my process of painting a small watercolor painting of it.

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Here you can see my finished product that includes the quote I brush lettered here:

Stories | chrystalizabeth

More posts to come! 🙂

Bow Tie and Long Scarf {Hand Lettered Quote}

I recently watched the season premiere of Doctor Who this last weekend with many of you fellow Whovians and hand lettered some of my favorite quotes.

This one in particular I absolutely loved. I thought I’d show a little bit of the process from beginning to end on how I made it.

  1. Sketch a rough draft of the quote on whatever paper you have handy to get an idea of what you want with a regular pencil.

Bow Tie and Long Scarf | chrystalizabeth

2. Sketch it again on a blank piece of paper (I’m using plain ol’ copy paper) and then go over with a good pen. I’m using a pen I got in a set from Barnes and Noble that are similar to the Microns by Sakura. I also have some Pitt pens that I use by Faber-Castell.

Bow Tie and Long Scarf | chrystalizabeth

Bow Tie and Long Scarf | chrystalizabeth

3. Then erase the pencil once the ink is dry and scan or take a photo to edit on the computer. I don’t have photos to share for that part of the process. But I did use Adobe Illustrator to trace the lettering and Adobe Photoshop to color everything. If you don’t have access to those, I do also use and recommend Inkscape as a free alternative to Illustrator and GIMP as a free alternative to Photoshop. They’re slightly different but you can get some great results while using these free programs.

4. Below is my final product. This is now also available in my Society6 shop and my Redbubble shop.Bow Tie and Long Scarf | chrystalizabeth

Night Terror and Friends

I was doing some random doodling the other day and started making some really adorable little bats.

I will probably continue to make more. Maybe with different themes and other different style elements. I’m just in love with them.

3 Little Bats by Chrystalizabeth Ghost Bat by Chrystalizabeth Pumpkin Bat by Chrystalizabeth Night Terror Bat by Chrystalizabeth

All were made using watercolor and ink.

And if you like Night Terror, he’s available on my Society6 and Redbubble. 🙂

Happy Friday!