I have tried now for the past couple years to create a special piece of birthday art for my grandchildren. I've now decided to try to include my grown children in this tradition. Today is my son Jason's birthday so I will start with the piece I made for him yesterday and then share a few other pieces that I have done in the past few months.
The second piece I want to show you is for my little grandson, Noah who turned 5. He loves the video game, Minecraft so I went to work figuring out just what I could create. I knew I wanted to include his little stuffed enderman doll in the picture because he loves to take a nap with it. I jokingly call it a spider and he is always correcting me on the point. I drew my grandson, a sword and his little stuffed buddy in my sketchbook. I used colored pencil to complete the sketch. I then scanned that sketch into Photoshop and added the royalty free background, TNT and the pig to the picture. This turned out so cute that I actually had it blown up to a 16 x 20 poster at Sam's Club. You should have seen his eyes when he realized he was on a poster. I also made him a sheet of personal stickers. Here is how his birthday card turned out.
Hunter also has a November birthday so I had to work on a design that was special to a 1 year old. I was informed he LOVES Mickey Mouse Clubhouse so I knew I needed to add Mickey in there for him. When he was born last year I painted him a special elephant floating with balloon painting to decorate his nursery room. He still has a number of elephant themed things so I grabbed my sketchbook and drew both a stuffed elephant and his sweet little face. I once again used colored pencil to finish off the sketching part. The rest of the image is from graphics that I used in Photoshop. I think this turned out super cute!
Finally comes my two sweet September granddaughters. Their birthdays are just 2 years and 1 day apart so I decided to make their art very similar.
Brad and I have a total of 9 grand kids so just keeping up with their birthday art is a challenge but I'm loving the creativity that Photoshop allows me and all the GRANDMA points I'm scoring.
To end this blog post, I thought I would show you one more commission artwork I finished this year. This is a transaction that took place on my Etsy Shop back in May for a woman that lives in Canada. Here is the 8 x 10 colored pencil commission piece I did using a few reference photos she sent me. This piece features two curly haired sisters and their doberman puppy. I believe this is going to be her brother's Christmas gift.