Category: Sketching Blog

Changing Places: Substituting Fantasy Animals for Humans

In this series of paintings, I continue to explore fantasy with the idea that I develop a style that I can replicate.

To come up with ideas, I look at pictures at random of people doing things, then I identify an animal that seemed like a good substitute.  At first, I used common animals (cats and dogs) but I’ve started using more unusual animals, like the kangaroo drilling a hole with a power drill.

The pictures below of fantasy animals were first posted on Facebook and are presented here in the order completed, with the most recent on top.

 

Concept Art

Concept art, when integrated into a serious project, takes a great deal of planning and skill. At the level you see in my article, creating imaginary creatures is fun and a good way to expand your imagination.

If, however, you wanted to elevate your illustrations into children’s books, games, or other types of professional reproduction, follow the advice provided here:

 

 

Karen Little – info@littleviews.com

Note: All art and photos on this website are the property of Littleviews.com and Littleviews-Crafts.com and may not be reproduced in a fee-based publication without permission. Do you want to post these images in a commercial article? Request permission from Karen.

 

 

 

Imaginary Animals – paintings by Karen Little

Several years ago I fell in love with the teachings of Carla Sonheim who wrote the book “Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop with Carla Sonheim.”

Carla is a very imaginative and happy artist and teacher who inspires others on her website, Carla Sonheim Presents, (www.carlasonheim.com). Her subject specialty is fantasy.

I’m revisiting the techniques I learned from her with the idea that someday I might lead drawing classes to residents of my home community. Right now, however, I’m just having fun painting the Spirit Animals I see in rock, concrete, leaves, and other piles of stuff.

The most recent paintings are shown on top.

 

 

Concept Art

Concept art, when integrated into a serious project, takes a great deal of planning and skill. At the level you see in my article, creating imaginary creatures is fun and a good way to expand your imagination.

If, however, you wanted to elevate your illustrations into children’s books, games, or other types of professional reproduction, follow the advice provided here:

 

 

Karen Little – info@littleviews.com

Note: All art and photos on this website are the property of Littleviews.com and Littleviews-Crafts.com and may not be reproduced in a fee-based publication without permission. Do you want to post these images in a commercial article? Request permission from Karen.

Sketches of Farmer’s Markets, Festivals, and All Things Fall by Karen Little

Here you’ll find sketches of miscellaneous scenes, including those in farmer’s markets and festivals.

Started in October, I’ll add new sketches to this page through the end of November.

All sketches are done in graphite, which in this case refers to very inexpensive mechanical pencils. Coloring, when present, is done through Photoshop.

I enjoy sketching from reference, meaning photos or videos, because there is so much to learn from “stopping” fleeting movement, but when its nice and I’m out and about, I add some urban sketching to the mix. If you’d like a picture of your child sketched for free, just ask me, Karen, at Info@Littleviews.com.

 

Karen Little – info@littleviews.com

Note: All art and photos on this website are the property of Littleviews.com and Littleviews-Crafts.com and may not be reproduced without permission. Do you want to repost? Request permission from Karen.

Pencil Sketches of Children and Community by Karen Little, September 2018

The sketches of children and community seen here were all done in August and September 2018.

New sketches will be added until the end of the month.

All sketches are done in graphite which in this case refers to mechanical pencils. Coloring is done through Photoshop.

The sketches are done from reference, meaning photos or videos. If you’d like a picture of your child sketched for free, just ask me, Karen, at Info@Littleviews.com.

 


 

Karen Little – info@littleviews.com

Note: All art and photos on this website are the property of Littleviews.com and Littleviews-Crafts.com and may not be reproduced without permission. Do you want to repost? Request permission from Karen.