Sunday, September 2, 2012

Icy Stairs

"I wonder why grandma doesn't like the stairs,
Is she scared of them?
I wonder why grandma is slow on the stairs,
Does she think they are slippery?"
(Quote from Grandma Doesn't Like the Stairs children's book by Linda Pruitt)


I have shared my scary page with you in a previous post and now I have finished working on the slippery stairs page. Previously I shared the preliminary sketch of the slippery stairs page in my Sunday Sketches post. (You can find it here.)  I made notes at the bottom of my icy page sketch as to the progression that I wanted to paint the final art.


Working on the page, I wanted it to look more icy and not just snowy.  I found that making it look right was most difficult. I did a practice sky wash with a second wash for the clouds; you can see it in the left top of this next picture.  Then I added the liquid mask, which was a very old product, I think I will need to buy some new masking product.



 Here is how it turned out:
I don't think it turned out like the image I had in my mind.  I was envisioning using a little lavender color in the final work, and the old liquid mask did not erase well,  so I am considering doing it over again. 

Have your say: You think it turned out enough like the sketch?
Linking to BlueChairDiary Sunday Sketches.

11 comments:

Missy said...

Love seeing the progression! Those stairs sure do look icy!

Alexandra said...

Wow, this is absolutely amazing. I loved that you showed the process, too. Thanks for sharing with us this week. :)

Christine said...

Those stairs do look very icy, and the blue makes them look very cold!

storybeader said...

I love how it came out! Three-dimensional and very realistic! If this wasn't working right, then your next one will be fantastic! Great idea about the wind blowing {:-D

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

This looks great! The blue color adds to the overall feel of the cold. Great job!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I think it looks very icy and very cold! Brrr! That liquid mask is an interesting product!

Nancy said...

It did turn out different, more icy versus snowy. I like it though- the cool colors make it look way more intimidating!

Debbie said...

so realistic! great job!

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I love seeing the progression... it looks fabulous even if it isn't what you had thought... I really like the finished product...xx

Kathleen said...

Very fun! It looks ***burrrr cold*** to me!

pasqueflower said...

I think you've captured the essence of cold and icy. I think it's a keeper. The addition of a little lavender will soften the brightness of the blue.

How fun that you and Linda are teaming up on the book.