Sir Chip Munk

Squirrel-SketchesI chose a chipmunk for this piece because I had taken photographs of one I discovered on a hiking trip in Missouri one year. Of course I could not find the photos when I needed them. I used an instructional painting book called Keys to Painting Fur & Feathers edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf for reference which was really helpful. I was debating about using an owl or squirrel.

Owl-&-ChipmonkHere is the later found chipmunk picture. Chipmunk_edited-1

I chose this painting for color reference and lighting because of its complexity. I wanted to get the most of this experience.  Old-Painting Here are the color comps with different lighting.

I had trouble with the sketch and the feet positions perhaps because the legs of a chipmunk are so nothing. They seem to be mostly cute chubby body with feet so I changed the feet position. They still look off to me. Sir-Chip-Munk

I believe I am not able to use the gradient tool the same as newer Photoshop versions.

Please let me know what you think. This is a different type of illustration style for me.

“The One of a Kind Golden Rock”

A BIG FISH TALE WITH A TRUTHFUL MESSAGE In the murky distorted water of the Missouri River, twins Abby and Tim keep a watchful eye on a sick minnow. To their surprise, the minnow encounters some unique water creatures who give the minnow special gifts. The characters are: Spirit, Wisdom and The Prince. Tim and Abby also learn about the gifts of Knowledge, Peace, and Hope. The minnow grows into a beautiful fish. Then, with joyful hearts, the fish and the children share the gifts with others. “The One of a Kind Golden Rock,” parallels a relationship with God through the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.