I don't know if you remember, but last year I made a whole bunch of these advent calendars.
They were so much fun - and I definitely have some leftover from last year.
The drawings inside were especially fun to come up with. But then this year I realized that I could probably have a real product out there if I did my own front covers as well. So I went to work on some artwork and hand lettering for the fronts.
This was the first one - snowy and wintery - but with lots of movement as usual. And I decided not to label it with the "Countdown Calendar" words as it seemed sort of self-evident.
With the second one I went more red and green and kept the hand lettering the same. I tried to be consistent with the style - but it's all rather imperfect. And takes practice - but no matter - I just kept at it and tried to go with the flow. I certainly stuck with themes that are apparent in lots of my work on this one.
But with this third one I switched up the media - moving away from my favorite acrylic inks - and trying out some new gouache colors I recently bought for myself. I love the vibrancy of the colors - and that they can still move with water. It's like a thick watercolor that's perfect for drawing over because it has some tooth.
I added black ink, as usual - but then incorporated a white paint pen for the highlights. WOW - this was so much fun! And such a great way to experiment with some different types of paints and styles that I hand't really used before.
Then I designed some new images for the inside as well. This time I used a little more orange and yellow because I just can't stay away from those colors - and they're so cheerful regardless of the season.
I did stick with some similar images and themes - but it was fun to revisit them regardless. I have since taken them to the photocopier's for color printing - with some limited success. I think I may have to invest in some real printing to get the full effect for the cover images. But for now I'm just putting that in the learning bucket, which is a very useful bucket indeed.
So look for a few of the first round plus last year's up in the Etsy shop very soon and I'll announce it here and other places once they're ready. I hope the fall leaves are turning beautifully in your neck of the woods - and that you are as friendly with your rake much as I am...