ink and bleach floral

February 11, 2011

testing out some ideas here…really wishing I could find my Dip Pen

ink and bleach floral print by heather l young

Self Portrait #6

June 2, 2010

Deepest apologies for missing a day in this series…got a little swamped in the studio…

self portrat no. 6 on scratchboard

Proportions are off.  Not sure if it’s the execution at 9am, the unforgiving nature of scratch-board, or the fact that it’s just plain hard to draw your own portrait.  Regardless, there is nothing more soothing to my soul than half an hour of cross hatching.

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