Have you ever had an “aha” moment where you feel like everything you’ve been striving to achieve just falls into place? Those moments don’t come very often, so when they do, they’re certainly worth celebrating. In this post, I’m celebrating my own “aha” moment. It came about as I was working in my Moleskine sketchbook. I decided to use the simplest of lines to create a two-page fruit illustration. Imagining little people interacting with my fruits was a fun way to continue to stretch my imagination. And, because the lines for my peeps also stayed simple, adding minimal shading and watercolor complimented the illustration really nicely. I think of this as Loopy Fruit Art, but my brain was anything but loopy when I created it!
Loopy Fruit Art
Here’s a look at my process. Specifically, from the point where I took my freehand-drawn ink illustration through to adding shading and then the first pops of color:
The video above has been sped up. What you’re seeing (the shading on the upper two-thirds of the pages, followed by the coloring of the raspberries and lemon) took about 9 minutes in real time. I’m not sure how long it took me to color the entire illustration. As with the drawing, I got absorbed by the flow of what I was doing and lost track of time. (That’s one of the reasons I love to draw!)
The Finished Illustration
A Final Thought…
Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.Frederic Chopin