Another old illustration (Lillypad Fairy) updated in my current style. I actually finished this over a week ago but haven’t been able to post it because of migration issues with my website– but I think that horrible mess is close to being finished (judging by the fact that I was able to upload images today– yay!).
I’m really happy with the way the fairy turned out (her pose is much more natural/comfortable and I like her face) and I love the color variation in the dragonfly wings… but I’m not thrilled with the background. I actually liked the stark contrast in the old one, the dark blues and greens against the white backdrop; this one seems a little busy to me… Maybe I’ll re-do it again in five years and find a better solution. ~_^
For a comparison between old and new, here’s a gif showing the illustration at different points of completion:
I have three or four more of these in various stages and then I’ll be moving on to other subjects– likely mermaids or carousels. Any preference between the two?
If this new pixie seems a bit familiar it’s because she’s an updated version of an old illustration, The Lily Fairy, from 2009. Over the last five years, my drawing and coloring styles have changed a lot and I thought it might be fun to go back and redo a few older pieces.
Here’s a comparison between the two:
I won’t be doing this with every old illustration in my gallery but I would like to try two or three more. Any suggestions as to which fairy I should update next? ^_^
If any of you have visited my comic site in the last few days, you’ll have noticed it’s disappeared. I have no explanation for this and would very much like one– unfortunately, my hosting support will not return my calls. Lack of timely response has been an ongoing issue with them for the last couple years and I’ve finally had enough– I’m SO done with them.
This afternoon, I signed up with a new host and, over the next week, will be transferring my site and working with their tech support team to figure out where my comic has gone. I do not anticipate a long down-time for this site but I wanted to give everyone a ‘heads up’ just in case it disappears for a day or two, as well.
All should be operational again, soon. ^_^
This early Spring in the Pacific Northwest continues to be weird but wonderful! Trees are budding, bulb flowers are blooming, and a flock of birds held a choir rehearsal at five this morning in my backyard. I’m aching to start this year’s veggie garden but am still somewhat suspicious that Winter isn’t quite over and will drop one last freeze on us– you know, right after I plant the seeds. ~_^
So, until I gather up the courage to plant my real garden, I’m sketching fairies in lush, fantasy gardens! No fears of frost there!
We are having some bizarre (but welcome) weather patterns in my neck of the woods– 60 degrees and sunny, in February. This never happens. Usually at this time of year, we’re scraping ice off windshields every morning and carting around snowboots in case of a sudden blizzard. But for the last few weeks, the lawn has been green, everyone’s walking around in light sweatshirts, and there are strawberries popping up in my backyard!
All this unexpected sunshine and greenery put me in the mood to color a fairy– summerlike weather seems to do that. ~_^
How’s the weather where you are?