Hummingbird shower mural - initial sketch

by brae  

Since I wasn't able to find suitable existing artwork for the shower mural, I've decided to draw the scene.  Or, at least, attempt to do so.  :D  It has been a long time since I last did a drawing.

Using smooth Bristol paper, I marked an outline slightly larger than what I need for the shower surround.  I viewed my inspiration photo and did a rough layout with colored pencil.  I used a deliberately soft touch since I can always add more color but it is next to impossible to take color up later.  My layout is busier than the original, and I eliminated the butterfly.

Here is my inspiration from Fine & Country.

This was the best existing artwork I could find; it's from 1ms.net.

I made a color copy of my initial drawing to see if I liked it in place before working on the drawing any further.  I added some height to the shower wall after seeing how short my original mockups were.

I think we're getting somewhere.

My drawing captures enough of the essence for me, so I'll work on completing the drawing as is.

EEEEEEEEEK!  Get out!!!   :O

Yes, get out and VOTE for Otterine!!!  :D
(shameless plug for the day)

20 comments

Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
Lol! I love the last pic. Made my whole day!!
02/25/13 @ 20:25
Comment from: Lys [Visitor]
love it!!! The art is great and that last picture was perrrrrrfect. Good job, pea!
02/25/13 @ 20:44
Comment from: april [Visitor]
Hah, too funny! This is going to be so pretty :)
02/25/13 @ 21:33
Comment from: Kyle [Visitor]
Omg, I cracked up when I saw your model. XD Drawing the mural seems to be working out well, it's beautiful!
02/25/13 @ 22:13
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]
Wow, you can draw too! Just too talented. It looks great and I love the colouring. Soft but bright. Love the model in her classy shower cap. Can't wait to see the finished shower.
02/25/13 @ 23:25
Comment from: Gaye [Visitor]
It looks great! =)
02/26/13 @ 00:43
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Now that hits the mark! Good work!
02/26/13 @ 03:24
Comment from: Elga [Visitor]
I absolutely love your drawing, great job! And thanks for the laugh ;-)
02/26/13 @ 03:44
Comment from: Audra [Visitor]
I like your drawing better. It seems softer. Voting Daily!
02/26/13 @ 04:23
Comment from: Kikka [Visitor]
You made my day with this post: Love your model :) Bathroom will be pretty!
02/26/13 @ 04:23
Comment from: Lisa Marie [Visitor]
The shower surround us lovely. And your model with the towel is hilarious. I have been voting for you everyday.
02/26/13 @ 06:36
Comment from: Rosa [Visitor]
Me ha parecido una idea fantástica, el dibujo primero me parece muy fino, será porque el verde me encanta. Vote por tu blog, pero no sabia que eran todos los días, continuare , besos:)
02/26/13 @ 08:01
Comment from: Idske [Visitor]
Love the model with the towel, sooo modest. :)) The shower will be amazing!
02/26/13 @ 08:03
Comment from: Marisa [Visitor]
HAHAHAHA..that made me laugh it was totally unexpected :) I
02/26/13 @ 08:55
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
What a good idea to create your own background and I like it better too for the same reason as Audra. You're little figure made me laugh too!
02/26/13 @ 10:34
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
Brae, I prefer your drawing. Because of the colours, it's more uplifting than the original! Also, I love the birds. Thanks for the laugh. Totally unexpected scene because you're usually just so concentrated on your work. But then, I can tell you have a sense of humour because of the funny little faces that you add on.
02/26/13 @ 11:30
Comment from: Norma [Visitor]
What a wonderful way to add life to the bathroom, and your drawing is so lovely. It's going to look every bit as gorgeous as you inspiration pic. Does the towel clad 'miss' have a name? She really made me smile :) Thanks for the lovely comment re the tiny attic by the way.
02/26/13 @ 16:37
Comment from: brae [Member]
:)) So glad you all enjoyed the comic relief. It took me some time to find an appropriate fabric to stitch into a cap! :D My models don't have names yet...one of these days I suppose I'll have to come up with something. :yes:
02/26/13 @ 18:59
Comment from: Betsy Rogers [Visitor]
I LOVE your drawings for the shower, Brae! And as with the others... Your model made me laugh!!!
02/27/13 @ 11:34
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!!! :D
02/27/13 @ 19:34


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