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Card: Braided Hearts
Card: Braided Hearts
May. 2016
Mother’s Day card for my mother.
    My mother loves bleeding heart flowers and I had a design in my mind for a bee Insectoid Fey, so I combined the two. I began with the idea of a mother fairy braiding her daughter’s hair. The composition of the card needed to include the flowers, but not be too complicated.
    I transferred the sketch to a digital file and played around with horizontal and vertical compositions, settling on a horizontal one with sweeping branches. I traced the image onto 400 CC watercolor paper, and swept a few washes over, placing the color. I defined the linework with a 4B graphite pencil, and began painting in the background before tackling the lighter color of the figures. At the end, I redefined highlights with a white gel pen.
“Braided Hearts” May. 2016. Watercolor, graphite, white gel pen. 6” x 8”
I gifted my mom the original piece, but turned the image into a card by adding digital text in Adobe Photoshop.
“Braided Hearts - text” May. 2016. Watercolor, graphite, white gel pen, Adobe Photoshop. 6” x 8”
Happily Be!
Card: Braided Hearts
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Card: Braided Hearts

Fairies with insectoid appearances; Mother and daughter bees braiding hair.
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