This coming Sunday is Mothers Day (in the UK) and one of the things I’ve always done is make something for my mum, I decided a while back that I wanted to paint her something which evolved into a new World Turtle illustration, that I want to share with you.
This is the fifth World Turtle and my growing collection now contains Spring, Autumn, Winter and Valentines illustrations and now I can add a Mothers day one too!!!
So this painting features not one, but three World Turtles – a mummy and two hatchlings! As its a mothers day themed painting I wanted there to be a lot of pink and flowers – so its kinda incorporating all the colours you’d find in a bouquet. Foliage wise the trees and bushes are in bright shades of green.
The Summer World Turtle has a sun deck and Autumn has a star gazing platform, but for this one I wanted the main mummy turtle to have lots of flowers growing in the grass, the sun deck is back (as I’m impatiently waiting for the sun to come out!) and I’ve added a little ledge for pot plants!
Another thing I quite enjoyed was deciding that obviously the castle would grow with the turtle so that they are more size appropriate – the girly one is only really a simple tower while the little one is more of a shed!!
Its A3 sized like the others (A3 is a great size to work with) and the process is started by lightly sketching with a HB pencil and then drawn ‘properly’ using a calligraphy ink pen with Windsor & Newton Black Indian ink. Because there are two quite small turtles in this illustration they’re a bit fiddly and details are drawn with a 0.1 fine liner.
Its then painted using Arteza watercolours and brush pens – which I absolutely love the only thing I’d say is a lot of the pinks seem pretty much the same colour!
Well, that pretty much wraps it up for this week…What do you think? I’d love some feedback on my World Turtles are they a bit weird? Something I’ve been experimenting with is moving their pupils as is changes the whole feel of the painting….next week I’m thinking of posting a new One Frame of a recent garden visitor.
Thanks for checking out this art post and as always I wish you a wonderful week, may it be filled with love and happiness!
ps. Happy Mothering Sunday!!
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