Category: Sketching Blog

Fantasy Animals as Children

This series casts imaginary animals as children, most of them paying energetically. These paintings were originally posted on Facebook under my account as Karen Little.

I just finished creating a series on imaginary animals based on what I saw in cracks and concrete and changing places, where I cast fantasy animals as people. I’ll add to this collection until I produce 15 or so images, then on to the next thing!

The paintings posted here show my most recent one on top. The last one was posted on 12/31/18.

 

  

 

 

 

Concept Art

Concept art is based on a cross between one’s imagination and reality. It can get quite detailed when designing for games and picture books. In my case, I just enjoy creating imaginary characters that are a cross between animal and human, or are found in the spirit world of water and cracks.

If you are also interested in creating imaginary characters, whether realistic or cartoons, you might like to follow the advice listed below:

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 any article? Request permission from Karen.

Fantasy Water Spirits Based on Japanese Suminagashi

Japanese suminagashi is the art of floating ink on water, then capturing a print of the forms it makes on paper.

The forms it makes often take the shape of what we think of oriental paintings and prints of fantasy animals, mainly dragons. While this series of fantasy water spirits are based on the suminagashi I created at a workshop given by the Japanese Society in New York City, many cultures practiced this form of art that we know today as “marbling.”

I hope you join me in finding water spirits in the suminagashi I post. You’ll notice as you do it that your drawings will start to resemble the images you’ve seen in ancient paintings and needlework. Below are some of the pieces I did at the Japanese Society under the direction of  Linh Truong as demonstrated on YouTube.

I’ll be posting updates on this page over the next 30 days.

 

 

 

 

Marbling

Marbling is created by floating pigments on a wet surface that includes water and even frosting! As the next 20 days go on, I’ll be adding links for you to learn more about it.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.