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Drawing #21: Hippo birdie two ewes

July 12th, 2010

Yesterday was our Dad’s birthday — so a mini-caravan arrived from Toronto to visit and we had a parade of food and celebration. My D.A.D. today is a continuation of the festivities, and it’s called Hippo birdie two ewes:

I can’t take any credit for the punny words — I first heard them in elementary school, and I’ve since seen them on multiple birthday cards…  I just thought it’d be fun to draw my version for a print here.

We get asked often about how we create our illustrations, so I thought I’d show a bit of the step-by-step for this drawing. I used my beloved Wacom Cintiq UX for all my artwork, and usually work in Corel Painter (though also sometimes in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, depending on the look I’m trying to achieve).

I always begin with a rough sketch:

From there, I draw the outlines for the actual drawing — using the sketch as a guide. In this instance, I did make a couple of small changes (put the party hat on the other ewe, for example) just because it felt better that way.

Then the colours… I leave each step (outlines, outline details, different colours) on its own layer so that I can edit each on its own if necessary.

And then highlights and details… which I’ll show you here in more zoomed-in screenshots. I chose “coarse cotton canvas” for a background, and then chalk as the medium.

I had a lot of fun with those sheepy swirls.

Happy birthday, Dad :)

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