Really it started with this simple sketch of a stack of tea cups that I did in my sketchbook. Nothing spectacular but I liked the simplicity of it. I decided to add some color.
Of course I knew that this was just the beginning and I thought a cute little mouse and maybe a tea bag would be just the thing to go along the idea I had in my head. So I went back to an older drawing that had a cute mouse holding a cup of tea and decided to invite him to the party. I added some text and make this cute little poster which is now listed on my Etsy Shop as a printable download.
Etsy Shop- Tea is Like a Hug in a Cup
Then I decided what I really needed was 2 little buddies and a drinking straw to really set this composition off. I really liked where this was going but decided that I needed to change up my mice. I did some quick sketches and scanned them into Photoshop. I love how I am able to play around with the composition and rearrange elements of the drawing to find the best position. The mouse on the top I even later moved his foot around because I felt that the way I had drawn him would be awkward for him to be standing on the cup. As you can see by the end I actually changed hit to be sitting on rim of the top cup.
I printed the outline drawing out on to 140lb cold press Canson Watercolor Paper and began painting it. I'm not very good with watercolors but I love using them for tinting and then finishing off details in pen and ink. I even used some color pencil on the cups and areas of shading to give it a more solid look. I've titled this piece, "TEAtotaler"
|Sketchbook page of the mice|
|The final artwork using watercolor & colored pencil|
|Combining the sketches in Photoshop|
As you can see this image also makes a darling greeting card.
Etsy Shop link to "TEAtotaler" poster