Painting Octopus and Tadpoles

blue octopus sketch
Blue octopus sketch

Hi there, how are you?

I made birthday cards recently for family members. We like to make each other cards, they’re more personal and it’s always fun to see everyone’s ideas.

In my sketchbook I had sketched out a page of inky octopus with two brush pens, one black and the other a pale grey. The legs are a lot of fun to draw and usefully it planted an idea for a card in my head.

Inky octopus ink sketches
Inky octopus ink sketches

The image at the top of the post is the sketch for the card. I liked the colours but thought the fine liner was a little heavy.

In the card I used a thinner fine liner, it looks much better. The colours are burnt orange and Prussian blue, together they make some lovely soft greens.

After painting the octopus I decided to add a background. This is where planning would have been very handy as painting in the background in first I could have given it a nice gradient (very hard to do painting around all of those legs).

He said he liked his card and that’s the important thing.

octopus card
Octopus card

The next card is a little frog looking down under the lily pad into the water. I’m not sure why the frog looks brown here as he is green on the card?

I painted in the background first this time, see planning.

I enjoyed painting this and apparently the tadpoles were a big hit hehehe.

hey down there
Hey down there

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun


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