Mar 22, 2010

IF - Retired

"Day of Joy"
watercolor | 2010

The thought behind this; the kitten and the angel work and play all day long, now time for a night nap.

Much went through my head as I contemplated what to illustrate for this word.  The very first thought was a kitty pooped from a day of playing...inspired by our new kitten Talor.  But then as I thought about it some more, I thought of someone praying, or an elderly person (since I don't have much of that in my portfolio).  It just wasn't meant to be, I sat down and continued with my idea, right through the end.

I created a shape I don't use very often, and played more with beings interacting.  Although they aren't awake interacting, it was still a challenge to get the angel to look like she is actually laying on top of the cat.  The other challenge was the cat.  I did use reference, unfortunately pictures of Talor in this position wasn't available until after I had draw it, but the photo I found worked.  A common pose for any kitten fast asleep, including Talor.  
I enjoyed the process of this piece, and the colors.  I felt it needed a slight push in photoshop, so I boosted the levels just a hair to add a stronger contrast.  I tried to build it up on the paper, but it just wasn't going to happen.

12 comments:

k.h.whitaker said...

lovely illustration

Leen Christens said...

Wawh, really wawh! It is not so easy to create depth in an image, but the belly of the cat and its legs are very well done! Super

Maria Bogade said...

Oh this is gorgeous! There is something so peaceful about it i really do like!

Holly Durr said...

You "KNOW" I love this! It has my favorite subject (angels), plus done by one of my favorite artist ;)

Coreopsis said...

WOw! This is really lovely!

truemuse said...

This is so very pretty!

Rui Sousa said...

Marvellous work! It´s really lovely and well done!
Congratulations.

Regards

The Temporary
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Sab said...

so beautiful ! ^_^

Amy C said...

incredibly sweet, delicate and beautiful

Susan said...

Beautiful job, so sweet and peaceful!

Traci Maturo said...

beautiful piece well done

Amalia K said...

Sara Dear, what do I do to get just a tiny speck of you magic??? (^_^)