Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My Process of creating Mixed Media children's art

In this post I thought I would show you a bit how I work from sketch to finished art.

1. Here's my sketch

2. Next I lay down the foundation colors and start to fill in different elements of the art.

3. Once the initial art colors and characters are painted, I like to bring the art into Photoshop where I add lots of the details, textures and patterns. I have a large library of textures and patterns that I have created on paper using paints and scratchboard and pen and ink, etc. I have also been known to scan fabrics, newspapers, buttons, really what ever I think I can use in my art. It's a lot of fun creating those different textures and patterns and once I scan it into the computer I can use it multiple times because it's now a computer file.

4. And here is the final art with all the details, textures and patterns added in in place. But wait, there's one more addition to this piece!

5. I decided to add a border all around it. This was a border I created by hand and scanned/manipulated in the computer. Hope you had fun seeing a bit of my working process!


  1. love it! (do we get a shot of your workspace as well- a la Illo Friday? ;)

  2. This is fantastic, Lesley! Good stuff!


  3. This is an excellent thing to do from time to time on your blog. A.d.'s love to see 'behind the curtain' to really understand your creative process. Well done!

  4. Thanks everyone! I love the feedback.