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Paintings, Sketches and Work in Progress

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It’s that moment you start asking yourself, “maybe next painting we can leave off the plans for a super detailed mantle made of fall leaves? No? Well yeah it’ll be worth the sore fingers in the end.”

It’s that moment you start asking yourself, “maybe next painting we can leave off the plans for a super detailed mantle made of fall leaves? No? Well yeah it’ll be worth the sore fingers in the end.”

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Finishing up a couple of interior magazine illustrations today, then I can continue some personal work with the ghosts!

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Art Prints by Emma Lazauski


INPRNT is offering free worldwide shipping this weekend through Sunday, August 3rd! I have some of my recent Bottled Creatures available, along with the recent abstract work as well.

Filed under for sale prints

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Older abstract watercolors from a few years back. I always learn a lot about my paint when I get into one of these, and that in turn informs my technique in figurative work. They are of course still a joy all their own.

Filed under abstract older art watercolor

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Some tags

For people who aren’t interested in anything but my art, or who might be interested in certain kinds of posts, I do tag some categories a certain way.

#illustration - used for illustrative, figurative style artwork

#watercolor - all watercolor work

#abstract - abstract paintings

#WIP - works in progress (mostly progress photos)

#conversation - replies to asks and responses to reblog comments

#reblog - I don’t use this often, but it’s for reblogging content here that might be interesting to people interested in art and illustration

#hand lettering - reblogging from my hand lettering tumblr

#gif - a warning tag for people who react to gifs

So I ask you, oh tumblrs, are there any categories of posts you wish I would tag together either so that you could avoid or track them down easier?

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simonesees asked: Do you ever erase pencil marks? I just find that my better paintings are those with a detailed sketch to start but I hate hate HATE the pencil showing up after... I am currently using watercolour, so I am hoping this problem will go away when I start to explore gouache. I love your work, though I feel bad for the animals in the bottles!

I do erase a lot of pencil lines, which I’m in the drawing stage. Once the paint goes on top, those lines are there to stay!

When I have the drawing almost finished, I use a kneeded eraser (the gray sticky things) and roll it over the pencil drawing to pick up excess graphite, like newspaper ink on silly putty. This helps to keep loose bits of graphite from making light color washes look dirty.

Another thing is to try to leave your pencil lines in or adjacent to dark areas. You can then paint over the pencil lines with a darker tone of paint and it sort of “hides your crimes.” I often use chiaroscuro and some level of outlining with the paint in my work, so that provides a lot of opportunity to hide my pencil marks. Don’t worry too much if they aren’t invisible. As long as you can work those lines into the final image they’ll look fine!

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kirileonard:

I have been interviewing women who work in Fantasy Illustration about their lives, art and careers. It’s a goldmine of knowledge and advice both for working artists and also for aspiring illustrators and artists.

There are currently 17 different interviews, so get reading and enjoy!

You can find all of the interviews here: http://kirileonard.com/tag/women-in-fantasy-illustration/

More good stuff to read from Kiri Leonard, and of course the interviewees.

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