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Water Babies

Posted by: GraphiteWeb

Tagged in: watercolor , sea , pencil , pastels , ocean , mermaids , girls , fantasy , drawing , custom , art


I had a great opportunity for a custom drawing this month. My fiancee Heather's sister Hilary and her husband Jesse have a sweet little girl named Cori. Her first birthday was this week. Hilary and Jesse have been living in South Korea for 2 years, as Jesse was stationed there with the U.S. Army. They got a new assignment and are now living in Louisiana... and luckily, we got to see them as they passed through town. Hilary contacted us about 2 weeks before they flew back to the States with an awesome idea for Cori's birthday present. She wanted an 11x14" drawing of the four cousins in the family: Lakin (9 years old), Addah (7½ years old), Cori (1 year old) and little Abby (3 months old), as mermaids in the deep blue sea. I loved it... and had a blast working on it!

I used the older girls' favorite colors: purple and blue for Lakin and pink and orange for Addah. For the little ones, I has noticed that Abby's hair and features really stood out in the pink coral romper she had on, and likewise, Cori was beautiful in her little green dress. I was really able to capture the four girls' personalities in this drawing and I am very happy with it. Hilary and Jesse were ecstatic and couldn't wait to frame the piece for Cori's new bedroom!


man covering face with hand painting

Watercolor and watercolor sticks on Canson Montval CP 140lb, 9×12?. Reference photo: Tim Clary from Julia Kay’s Portrait Party. Tim’s blog here:

Not sure his eyes are green, the photo was black-and white ;) .  I went with dark brown/black at first, but somehow, it wasn’t very expressive.


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girl on the swing watercolor painting

Watercolor and AJ watercolor sticks on Canson Montval CP 140lb, 9×12?. Reference photo is the daughter of Sandra‘s friends (which means somebody actually did send me a photo to work from! ;) ). It is so much more interesting than browsing through pictures of complete strangers. So send me your photos please! :) (watercoloredhands AT

Working on this one was a bit hard. I rarely do faces expressing a strong emotion and this was a reminder that I need to do more of them.




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