Freehand Friday: Year of the Pig

March 9, 2019 § 7 Comments

I finally snail-mailed my annual Lunar New Year card!PigCard1I sketch an idea on any old scrap paper then start refining it using pencil on tracing paper. When I have a drawing I like I ink over it using a narrow Micron pen. The reason I use tracing paper is you can see through it, and at some point I might want to change the composition by flipping the image… Easy as pie! Don’t even have to redraw it.PigCard2Here are the pens used for this project. Berol Prismacolor art markers have a wide chisel tip and a narrow tip in one marker. Great for quick strokes of color. The Pigma Graphic, by Sakura, is permanent ink, too. It comes in many different widths. I used it for the Squiggle girl’s hair and facial features.PigCard3If the final paper is too thick to see the drawing through it to trace via a light table, or up against a window, I use graphite paper instead to transfer the image. First the paper, then the graphite paper – graphite side down – then the drawing on top of that, and ‘trace’ over the lines with a hard sharp pencil (2 H or 4 H):PigCard6-pierrmorganNext I paint over the graphite lines in single brush strokes of gouache (goo-wash, an opaque watercolor), changing the color a bit every stroke or so for fun. My two favorite brands of gouache are Winsor & Newton (England) and Royal Talens (Holland). PigCard4-pierrmorganI have favorite brushes too. Of course the primo brush is Winsor & Newton “Series 7” sable. But they’re very expensive and gouache is particularly hard on fine haired brushes, wearing down their tips pretty quickly. Recently I discovered the “Umbria” series by Princeton Art & Brush Co, made especially for gouache, and gave it a whirl. It’s a new fav! PigCard5-pierrmorganFinally I add my signature “chop” – which says the sound of my first name in two ancient Chinese pictograms side by side – ‘P’ + ‘eer’, carved for me years ago by a Beijing artist, “A National Treasure,” visiting Seattle. PigCard7-pierrmorganMy Year of the Monkey post, 2016 – click HERE – gives a different step-by-step of the process. All my New Year cards feature this imaginative “Squiggle Girl,” from the picture book, The Squiggle, by Carole Lexa Schaefer and illustrated by moi – Pierr !PigCard1-pierrmorganPigCard8-pierrmorganHere’s to a creative year! ~ xo Pierr

 

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Pond Wednesday: JAN 30 – Manito Park

January 30, 2019 § 6 Comments

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Seize the week! ~ xo Pierr

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: All Time Favorites

May 31, 2018 § 15 Comments

I started blogging in December of 2011. I didn’t discover the Weekly Photo Challenge till 2013. Thank you, Daily Posters!! for so many years of inspiration.

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Seattle Ferris Wheel construction – Pier 59 – Aquarium

Seattle’s Great Wheel – May 25, 2012 (not part of the weekly challenges, but it’s my All Time Fave snapshot since the beginning of my blog).FutureTensebyPierrMorgan

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense – March 25, 2013.

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WPC: Horizon – Oct 25, 2013. (Hanalei Beach – Kauai, HI)

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WPC: Orange – March 8, 2015.

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WPC: Earth – May 7, 2016 (Whidbey Island, WA – Ebey’s Landing Preserve)

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WPC: Transient – June 1, 2017 (Archives – Yangtze river, China 1986)

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WPC: Cheeky – Dec 2017 (Tucson, AZ)

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WPC: Lines – April 26, 2018 …and last but not least – The Boys!

Check out more and more ALL TIME FAVORITES

Have a wonder-full week of photo moments.  xo Pierr

Weekly Photo Challenge: Story

March 8, 2018 § 15 Comments

Give us scissors, recycled magazines, glue, paper, pencils, and we will tell you our stories.WPC-story1WPC-story2WPC-Story3WPC-Story4WPC-Story5WPC-Story6WPC-Story7WPC-Story8

Celebrate Young Authors around the world of STORY

xo Pierr

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

January 11, 2018 § 18 Comments

WPC-weathered1In the Children’s Garden at Seattle Tilth’s Good Shepherd Center… my inspiration for the cover of The Children’s Garden: Growing Food in the City, a picture book written by Carole Lexa Schaefer and illustrated by yours truly… published by Little Bigfoot of Sasquatch Books, Seattle 2017.

And a fallen beauty along Admiralty Inlet on a Whidbey Island beach.WPC-weathered2WEATHERED

May Your Days Be Merry & Bright!

December 25, 2017 § 13 Comments

Filled with laughter and good times with those near and dear, and far asphere… wpc-its-not-this-time-of-year-pierrmorganIMG_1059

Merry Christmas, Sweets!!! Love you like 10 million clown balloons.

XO Pierr Mom Nana

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Weekly Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green…The Children’s Garden: Growing Food in the City

March 22, 2017 § 12 Comments

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Easy as mudpies being GREEN…    ChildrensGarden copy   It’s Spring! Got Seeds?ChildrensGarden_fullcover copyby Carole Lexa Schaefer, illustrated by Pierr Morgan – arrives in bookstores MAY 2, 2017 ~ my 65th birthday! Here’s A Peek at My Illustration Process:CG-goldfinch1

I use GOUACHE (“goo-wash”), an opaque watercolor, on Arches 140 lb Cold Press (textured) watercolor paper, and Higgins “Black Magic” waterproof ink, in a technique called “Gouache & Ink Resist” which I learned over thirty years ago at

Art Center College of Design.

CG-goldfinch2This technique celebrates backwards thinking…something my brain does naturally. What you want showing in the end is painted first to stain the paper. Gouache colors are mixed to a melty-soft ice cream consistency and applied thickly enough – details first – so when dry, the paint resists the ink. Paper is left blank wherever you want black or a black line.CG-goldfinch3When the paint is dry it gets a layer of waterproof ink.CG-goldfinch4When the ink’s dry, it gets a rinse at the sink!  (below is the Cover Art)  Water beating on the surface dissolves the paint, which runs, pushing the ink off itself in flecks…CG-goldfinch5…leaving a brilliant stain and earthy texture. Always a surprise.

I look the painting over for places where color washed away, not leaving enough of a stain, or where ink stuck too much. I wanted the packets to look fairly new, without much dirt on them, especially for very young readers to easily identify the plants and match them with flowers, fruits, and vegetables growing in the book garden.CG-goldfinch6Because Gouache is opaque, it paints over excess ink nicely. The Sunflower packet in these two photos is a good example of before & after ‘touch-ups.CG-goldfinch7Below is what the final endpaper painting looks like printed and bound. Carole and I can’t wait to personalize copies on the blank seed packet. The American Goldfinch seems curious to read them.CG-endpaper-frontThe back endpaper features Carole’s and my bio, cleverly placed on the flip side of the Wildflower seeds by Sasquatch Books’ Little Bigfoot design team.CG-goldfinch8Oh! I almost forgot – the green snail – it’s in every picture. Can’t wait for you to find it. Click HERE to read more – and buy! – The Children’s Garden on Sasquatch Books’ website. Thanks so much! And thanks too, for reading to a Child.   xo Pierr      

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