Monday, December 5, 2011

The finished Holly and Ivy illustration


( The Holly and The Ivy by Rebecca Chamberlain)


Blog Update: At long last, it is finished! And just in time to have a few printed for friends and family...I guess this one is a good example of what Botancial artist Mindy Lighthipe calls "Frankensteining"-borrowing from different resources as well as life studies. The image is inspired from a royalty-free stock photo( for placement, positioning, and some of the holly leaves and berries), my former neighbor's beautiful holly tree, and ivy from my own garden...) All and all, I am pretty pleased. I see things of course that I would change a bit in hindsight but that's part of the learning process, right? This was a challenging yet fun one to do...Hope you enjoy the final result and let me wish each of you a very Merry Christmas!



( nearly completed)

I would say that The Holly and The Ivy illustration is about 95% finished...One more good day of work and it should be ready...I must define the leaves more and add some more stem-work to the ivy, though...I'm so close...

9 comments:

  1. Rebecca, this really is looking fabulous. I love the detail of the ivy and the different shades of green really make those juicy red berries 'pop' out from the page. Just lovely.

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  2. Oh, this looks fantastic! I love all of the details and the shading/light is really great. Like the previous comment - the berries really 'pop'.
    Carol

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  3. Thank you, friends! I finally finished it around 6:30 am this morning...( been up since 3:30) I am ready to drop and then some...I will post an updated pic later today or tomorrow. Bet I'll be dreaming about ivy for weeks after this one...LOL!

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  4. Oh my goodness...it takes my breath away...you are so talented!!!!! I want lessons, I want lessons!!!! Merry Christmas!!!

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  5. Rebecca...so stunning..your work is exquisitely gorgeous!It looks sooo touchable and so real..beautiful!
    Victoria

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  6. Thank you so much, Donna and Victoria! Merry Christmas to both of you!

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  7. Really beautiful - such a festive piece - gorgeous colours and composition xx

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  8. Thank you, Vicki. It helped me get into the Holiday spirit for sure :)...

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