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.”
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, 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:
- Sketching for Concept Art with Donald Yatomi, a video tutorial published by Craftsy.
- The Art of the Picture Book by Shadra Strickland, a video tutorial published by Craftsy.
- Shadra Strickland’s YouTube Channel
- Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop with Carla Sonheim, a book.
- Search phrase of “Developing Concept Art” on Google.
- Search phrase of “Concept Art Tutorials” on YouTube
- How to become a better concept artist by Donglu Yu on CreativeBlog. Note that CreativeBlog has many excellent articles on the subject.
Karen Little – firstname.lastname@example.org
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