as promised…

November 6, 2007

a glimpse into my acrylic and oil wash technique.  Of course, every illustration starts with a series of sketches, then color comps…(ask Nick and he’ll tell you I’ve turned choosing colors into a science)…but I won’t bore you with all that…suffice to say, painting is a process…

This is my preferred method of painting, as it involves a subtractive technique…the illustration below is featured in the current issue of Skirt Magazine.

step 1 ~ acrylic on illustration board…patterned paper underneath…

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step 2 ~ more acrylic underpainting

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step 3 ~ adding and subtracting oil wash

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step 4 ~ layering and layering…until I’m satisfied….

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add some finishing touches and she’s ready for print…

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Sweet potato illustration.  Copyright Heather L. Young 2007

if only…

October 25, 2007

I was a South Carolina voter!  I’m not going to comment too much on the political scene, there are plenty of other blogs to do that for you…but I’ll put this one little bid out there for my love of Skirt! Magazine, and the genius that is Colbert.

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If any of you should know a little birdie that may know another little birdie that might just know this man, please get him a copy of Skirt!

Sorry to you all for neglecting my little piece of the web here…Nick and I are on our way to Hilton Head for the weekend, but in my mind I’m already sipping a margarita by the sea! And since I won’t be blogging til my return, I would like to thank the crew at Laser Health Savannah….(one day in advance of my first smoke-free week) for all their wonderful service, friendliness, and support. I promise to never be one of those reformed smokers that looks down my nose at those who still smoke…but if you would like to say goodbye to your “evil little friend”…these are the folks you should know! And in case you missed it, Carrots for Skirt! Magazine October 2007. (They are a great substitute for my long lost evil little friend) Happy Friday to all!

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After attending the Business Expo…(a shark tank at it’s finest)…I received a call, that I had won a series of treatments that will help me quit the cancer sticks, reduce stress, and lose weight…hmmm….considering I never win anything of real value, I took this as a sign I need to improve on my current lifestyle…the other “sign” came when my Mother arrived in town, and her first words….”wow you’ve got a bit of a belly”…followed by “at least no one can say you look anorexic anymore”…hmmm…got me thinking I really do need to start taking better care of myself….I’ve finally made the switch to diet soda…and bought the “light” mayo at the grocery last night…I’d also like to apologize in advance to anyone who may come in contact with me while I’m craving fatty food, and nicotine.

A portrait of my future diet…

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Published in Skirt! Magazine, copyright 2007 Heather L. Young

it’s about time…

September 28, 2007

Mommy dearest has arrived in Savannah, and I’ve been racing the clock to finish my Skirt! Illustration so I can spend some time with her. Looks like I will finally get a day out on the boat, best of all, with Mom and Granny, and Uncle Captain George. I’m hoping the weather will be kind, and the sun bright…Would be a real treat to go to Blackbeard or St. Catherine’s Island. I love the remoteness of these locations, it seriously feels like we’ve been marooned even if Captain George is only a few hundred feet off-shore fishing. If you can scrounge up a captain and a boat, I highly recommend a trip out to undeveloped barrier islands…a real treat…

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paint paint paint!

September 26, 2007

Oh I love to paint!  Finally made my way back into the studio…working on a Skirt! Illustration.  I procrastinated on this one…I must say, the ingredient this time, is not the most aesthetically pleasing to draw, so I’ve had to get pretty creative.  So far the process is looking good, and I’ve implemented a new element to this illustration so definitely check back to see the finished product!….I’m documenting the process, and after the November issue comes out, I’ll have a “walk through” of my acrylic and oil wash technique….(wish I could do it sooner, but I can’t “let the cat out of the bag” until it’s published….) Til then, check out my happy little palette…

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