Thursday, June 12, 2014

Birthday Mice

Hello friends,

I have a fun new image from House Mouse.  Love these little cuties.  It looks like Mama mouse is hosting a party for the little baby mice.  

As a side note,  you will notice I've added a watermark to the photos in this post.  Sadly, in the stamping world there have been some thieves stealing artwork from people/companies and submitting it as their own.   It has become a heated topic in the stamping community.   The stamp companies have asked all artists to start watermarking our work to help detour the thieves.   It is sad that it is even a problem.    I'll try to put the watermark in different spot on each photo, so as not to obstruct the coloring. 

Coloring these mice can be really challenging.  I start with my lightest colors and work towards my darker shades  I color this skin on this mouse first.  Don't forget the parts where the fur is thin and the skin will show through, like the belly.   Then I added E21.  I started at the edges of the mouse and worked my way towards the middle.  Blend together with skin areas.  With E23, I start giving the mouse shape.  Start adding shadows to areas that will be darker.  Like edges of arms and belly.  Again start at the edges of the mice and work your way in.  Repeat with E25.  When finished you should be able to see at least 3 different colors of fur.  E21 in spaces that are thinly covered with fur.  E25 in the areas covered thickly with fur.  E23 should be in the spaces between. 

I hope this helps!!
I made my own decorative paper for the bottom of the card.  I stamped stripes then stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment between the lines.

Copics used:
Skin for all mice: E00, E000, E93 (E11 will work too), R11 for cheeks
Mama Mouse: E21, E23, E25
Grey Mice: W1, W3, W5
Brown mouse: E31, E33, E35
Ice cream: R20, R22, R32, R35--just a tiny little bit  If you want an easier combo try R20, R21, R22
cone: Y21, Y23, YR23, E30, E31, W2--for shadows
Candles: BG10, BG13, BG15
Blue hats: B21, B24, B28
Ground: BV31, BV34
Flame: Y13, YR12--I drew this in.

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