Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Dreaming Elf

Good evening!  I hope you all had a splendid week and are enjoying a good weekend.  It's been a busy few weeks for me.  There's been a lot of planning and preparing for Rosh Hashana this past week and now upcoming is  Yom Kippur. I wish you all a very happy L'Shana Tova this new year!

Phew, man, I didn't think I would ever finish this has taken me at least three weeks to finish. I've been so obsessed with my current book project, that I have to remind myself to also juggle the other illustrations I have started on the side as well.  She's done with mechanical pencil and white ink.  I wanted the chance to brush up on my pencil and shading skills with this piece and it reminded me how much I love to work in black and white...and...with pencils too!  I found the pose in an old hair magazine and I knew I wanted to incorporate it in a drawing somehow as it was such an elegant and dreamy pose.

I wanted to have a background that sort of reflected what she was dreaming about.  Some far away land that maybe she had not seen in a long time, and missed.  The bird represents my own dreams where I'm flying and the egg meaning to represent unhatched ideas. (At least that's the best way I can describe it.)  An elf who has horns?! Well, I just can't help it, I love to draw horns on about everything...and you never know, maybe some elves do have horns. Right? *laughs*

Anyway, I've been taking daily walks down to the pier park in downtown New Westminster for a little inspiration and quite time to just sit and think by the water.

Ha ha..well, I'm not the best photographer ever, but I think I need something better than just my phone one day. I love going down by the water, nothing is more relaxing than watching the water lapping against the rocks. I'd love to make it out to Stanley Park one of these days.  I haven't been there in a very long time.

Wishing you all a very wonderful week ahead! Cheers!


  1. Wow, she's beautiful! LOVE her hands! Very intricate drawing, I can understand it took you a few weeks to finish. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for leaving your wonderful comments. It makes me happy ... :-) Hope you'll have a wonderful week!

  2. She is gorgeous! And so detailed! I also feel the same about water, have to go,see it and feel it to relax!

  3. I agree! I can see the 3 weeks that went into it - and LOVE all the detail you've captured. Really amazing work. AND thank you for your sweet homeschool comment - I love hearing your personal reactions and hope Kendra will say the same when she grows up! xoxo

  4. Breathtakingly beautiful and love the intricate detail!Great work!

  5. When I saw this stunning illustration of yours i was going to ask what medium you used but you say pencil and white ink, wow! You sure know how to work a mechanical pencil! I haven't used one of those since I did life drawing sessions and I'd forgotten how versatile they are with the hard lines and the soft shading. I want to get mine out again now! Thanks for inspiring me. :)xx


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