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Flower Pile : Screaming Children

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Another page spread from Floral Frolic!! Floral Frolic is currently funding on kickstarter, please go see! :boogie:

Arches 140lb Cold Press
Daniel Smith paint

Lineart by Cinnamoron paint by me!

If you'd like to see the lineart and the rough drawings, they're on kickstarter!

Actually this spread is the first spread that I painted and managed to get right. I had messed up the first version of flower pile seen in update 2 and decided that before I reattempted that image, I was just going to try out a new page spread. Sometimes when I mess up a page, it helps to just paint something else and come back to it in a week or two.

So here with Screaming Children was when I really started feeling like I had a handle on the color pallet for Floral Frolic. Kind of pastel, kind of rainbow. Saturated in places, relaxed and creamy in others. We knew we wanted this book to be vibrant with color! It’s funny, we started out wanting to write on this page ‘it’s springtime let’s go pick flowers!’ or some such reference to spring. But when I didn’t paint it green, and we both liked it anyway, we rewrote it.

This spread is also where I started ‘inking’ the pages with a bit of light lineart. Not black ink, just watercolors. I usually avoid lineart, in my own work I would rather define shapes by contrast in color, value, and space. Coloring Amanda’s drawings though, that isn’t how she thinks of compositions at all. She always deals in lined drawings. So in coloring her work, I had to consider that her compositions may not be suitable for how I color my own work. I changed my coloring methods because I felt it better suited Amanda’s drawings, and I really am happy with the result. I think it’s interesting that there is no right or wrong way to create a piece, there is only understanding the elements of illustrating and storytelling.

While painting this illustration, I thought a lot of ‘Bone’ by Jeff Smith, and how much I loved his clean lines, smooth colors, and elegant environments paired with such simple recognizable characters. It really gave me the right points to think about while working on Floral Frolic.

More from Floral Frolic:
Floral Frolic : Wheat and Cotton by blix-it
Floral Frolic : Flower Pile by blix-it

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Yuchee679's avatar
It's so cute :happybounce: 
TinyWild's avatar
They are so lovely! :meow:
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EmilyFrankensteinHobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! Love 
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This is adorable Heart 
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rin-nikoHobbyist Photographer
Oh! They're both so cute! Meow :3 Huggle! 
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nekophoenixProfessional Traditional Artist
Oh my good lord, how precious is this?! What a beautiful and enchanting style you have <3
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LostbunniesofWendyProfessional Traditional Artist
OOOW! Its just too cute! I love the colours and how you painted it!
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Beautiful! I absolutely adore the colouring, such soft and rather calming colours :> 
It's interesting you read the thoughts you put into your colouring style and I have to say, it really paid off :D I wouldn't have guessed this was done by two people, it all works together super well!
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MondraconHobbyist General Artist
SQUEE!!! I love it.
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Traditional Artist
Great Job.
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Lots of cuteness and colorfulness here!
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I have this print hanging at my desk at work. Lots of compliments. ^^
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blix-itProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you for enjoying the print!! 8D Where did you see it and end up getting it from?
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I got it from you at Anime Matsuri last year. You and Cinnamoron both signed it for me. :heart:
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blix-itProfessional Traditional Artist
Blockatiel pixel over SHRIEKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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