Friday, March 1, 2013

Talented Menagerie

I am submitting this piece of art to the Illustration Friday's weekly challenge which is "Talented"

This is a drawing of my pets painting a picture of my Husband Mark and I and our two dogs, Angel and Frankie.  The cockatiel "Baby Bird", lovebird "Lillian", Dutch rabbit "Jazzy" and Rex rabbit "Donut" are the artist's. I think they did an awesome job, better than I could have done because I don't draw realistic people very well, they are very talented animals..
Colored Pencil ©2009 Paula Radl

Monday, February 4, 2013

Full Moon Bike Ride

This is a drawing I did called "FULL MOON BIKE RIDE"
I used owls of course because I think they would love to take a bike ride with their little owlets on a warm summer night in the glow of the full moon. I came up with this design because our town of Manitowoc, WI  is big into biking. Whenever there is a full moon bikers take to the Mariners Trail (a bike trail) along the shores of Lake Michigan and bike from the town of Manitowoc to the town of Two Rivers several miles away. The moon shining off the lake is sooo beautiful and it really is a nice family activity. 
This image will be available on t-shirts and totes for sale locally and also through a website that is in the process of being set up (will keep you posted when they are available)


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Once In a Blue Moon

I just love the way this illustration turned out. I was imagining a group of friends lazily flying in hot air balloon up into the sky and traveling through the universe on an adventure. Not knowing what they would encounter they were in awe of the activity that was going on that most earthly beings never see or can even imagine.This trip will be something they will always remember and will cherish the memories.
"Once in a Blue Moon" ©2013 Paula Radl

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Things With Wings

I've been experimenting with this new technique (new for me). I soak a 5 x 7 piece of watercolor paper overnight in either coffee or wine and then let it dry. I then ink in my drawing and color it with Prismacolor colored pencils....loving the results, fun, fun. This is a lovely butterfly with such colorful wings, I would love to see such a beautiful butterfly, but for now it has fluttered out of my mind and into an art design.
Fanciful Flight © Paula Radl


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fun Little Sketch for Illustration Friday - Myth


I call this one "Learning about the Birds and the Bees"
I drew this fun little sketch today and submitted it to the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) to see if they will include it in one of their future Magazines. I also submitted it to Illustration Fridays weekly challenge. The challenge for this week was "Myth", This little mythical alien is hanging out on the moon learning about the birds and the bees with his friends, hopefully what he finds out will be all good. I will eventually color it in.  I have started sketching in my sketchbook again after a little lull and am finding new inspiration for ideas.

I have also updated my portfolio on SCBWI website, of which I am a member.You can have a look at it here http://www.scbwi.org 

I like to do illustrative work and have mostly been drawing by hand, but I have decided to try my hand at digital art and purchased an Ipad4, I will post some pictures of some digital art after I figure out how to use the apps I have downloaded, so far I am learning Sketchbook Pro (brain overload), we will see what I can come up with :)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

In the Meadow We Can Build a Snowman...

Every year I come up with a design and use it for a Christmas card which I print and send out to family and friends. This is the design I created for this years card. I used a combination of watercolor and watercolor pencils for this illustration. I plan on one day getting my designs licensed so I can share with the whole world what goes on in my mind.

May Peace Be Your Gift
At Christmas
And Your Blessings All Year Through


Monday, December 10, 2012

Drink Coasters

I have put some of my designs on natural tumbled stone tiles from Turkey.
 They can be used for drink coasters and they are sealed to protect from moisture. I have put four felt pads on the bottom of the coaster to protect furniture from scratches. 
I like the variation and uniqueness of each stone.



WELDING FOR WOMEN CLASS

I took a Welding for Women class at LTC (it was FREE :)   
We learned how to use a plasma cutter and a wire feed welder, this was a Nontraditional Careers course. Their goal is to allow women to try these classes to see if they are interested in entering jobs that are traditionally for men, so they offer this course in spring and fall. The instructors, who were men, say that the women make excellent welders because they are very detail oriented. The class consisted of four days, from 4-8 pm for a total of 16 hours of training. The class was very fun and informative, and I like that I could use things that would normally get thrown away and turn it into something awesome. 
  This is the project I completed using scrap metal pieces, I think it is a "Gooney Bird"

 "GOONEY BIRD" 
The parts I used were two pinballs for eyes, a pair of pinball casters for knobs on its head, two railroad spikes for ears, some washers, old rake wires for the tail, an old rusty decorative hook for on top the head, the body is a brake drum and the head is flat axe or hoe.
 The legs and feet are scrap metal pipe and pieces.




My Dog Frankie checking out the Gooney Bird, He thinks it is pretty cool.

OWLFEST at Woodland Dunes Nature Center - 2012


Owlfest poster
Lake Michigan beach stone owls
My Owl Art Display
Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve featured my owl design "Regal Raptor"on their t-shirts and posters this year for the annual Owl Fest. I set up a table of my owl related art to sell.  I made little owl drawings on Lake Michigan beach stones, prints of my art, greeting cards and magnets. It was really fun and we learned about the migration of the Saw Whet owl and were able to see an owl that they had just caught and banded. I love being involved with the preservation of nature and Woodland Dunes does a wonderful job with educating the public and offering these wonderful programs.

 

Owlfest t-shirt design

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Creative Progressive Illustration Process:

When I illustrate a picture, this is the process I usually use to come up with an idea from start to finish. 
This is an illustration from a children's book I was commissioned to illustrate, 
called "The Umble Bunny Family" - Easter Dinner, available at Amazon.com 
This gives you an idea of my creative process and what is involved from idea to finished image.