Hi everyone, I am finally ready and made my Patreon page! In case you are wondering, Patreon is a way you can support and contribute to me every month, in return you will receive exclusive rewards!
My name is Jiaqi aka Penelopeloveprints, I am an illustrator based in Chicago. After graduating college, I rediscover my love for watercolor and traditional paintings, and I couldn’t stop creating since then!
In the past year or two, I started my Etsy shop as well as starting to attend different conventions throughout the U.S. I have decided to work full time creating art and attending conventions. I post my work frequently on social media such as Instagram, tumblr, and facebook. I also starting to film and share painting time-lapse videos of my paintings on my Youtube channel.
By supporting me via Patreon you will help me fund the resources I need to create art full time! You will also help me to attend more conventions and expand my product lines on Etsy :] I will be posting sketches, work in progress, time-lapse videos here on Patreon. Thank you for visiting my page! My page and spread the word, thank you :)
I started with sketches in Photoshop, it is my go-to method to start my painting because it is just so much quicker and easier to adjust composition and add details.I printed it out after I was happy with the sketch, and then transferred to watercolor paper with a lightbox, I used a green color pencil instead of a regular pencil because it was less likely to be smeared and it blend in easily with the painting.
I started with background first and moved onto other area slowly.
I tried adding details and finished a small section one at a time instead of laying down general color to the entire piece and add shadows and details later.
I found it more manageable this way and I wouldn’t forget small details and sections. It was quite interesting mixing all these green colors. I don’t use a lot of greens in my palette regularly, it was fresh to see how many different shades of green I could create by mixing different colors in.
I still have problem with showing depth of field and defining value, but overall I am happy how this turned out :]
Thanks for reading!
Here is my attempt to document a step-by-step painting process of the Pokemon Painting I just finish.
First I made my sketch on Photoshop, so much easier to adjust composition and scale. Photoshop is very flexible on changing and adding stuff to your sketch. If you don't have Photoshop, you can use Corel Painter or PaintTool SAI, any digital program you can find.
Then I print it out and transferred the sketch onto my watercolor paper using a lightbox (If you like painting watercolor too purchasing a lightbox is so helpful, no more dark lines and messy erasing on your drawings).
I started painting my background first because I didn’t do a color study, I was kind nervous how the colors and value was going to turn out. I still have trouble with pushing foreground and background and make the painting has more depth, need more practice!
After I layout color for the background I moved onto the pokemon trainer and then the pokemons.
Lastly add details and made some texture for the sand. I used color pencils in some of the area since watercolor dulled a little after it dried. I found Prismacolor Verithin Colored Pencils much better when it comes to working with watercolor painting. It is much harder and able to give you crisp lines. If you want to shade, I would recommend using the soft Prismacolor Premier Color Pencils.
Here is another close up.
Thanks for reading :]
Lately I've been working on my traditional watercolor paintings which can be seen on instagram @penelopeloveprints. I'm excited at how these are turning out and am finally making them available on my Etsy Shop.
Additionally, I've been learning more about video capture so there will be more videos on my paintings as well. Hope you look forward to them!
Hop on over to Etsy to see which of these One-of-a-Kind paintings are still available.
This is the latest art piece I've been working hard on. For those that don't know—this is an artwork featuring the variety of characters from the Nintendo Universe of video games, as well as characters in their Super Smash Brothers video game.
It took around 20-30 hours to finish this, I hope you all enjoy seeing the behind work in progress photos.
Rough Digital Sketch of the Idea
Here you can see my reference drawing, and status of the scenic area.
I opted to start with the land formations as it was all similar colors and easier to work with.
Close up of Watercolor Characters
Time Lapse of Work in Progress of King Deedeedee
Around 40-50% of the way done.
Another close up
After painting everything, I had to transfer my artwork into a digital file. I couldn't normally scan it in a flatbed scanner as the watercolor paper exceed its. So instead I took a photo of the poster with a digital camera, 3 continuous lights, along with 2 foam boards to serve as reflectors.
Lastly, the final outcome
You can find it here!
I recently made a few Studio Ghibli themed paintings to go along with my collaboration with Christina on instagram @ Flicker.Candles. She makes awesome 100% soy wax candles and even beautiful looking cup cake candles. Check out her instagram to see her creations!
So without further ado, lets get a better look at these watercolor paintings!
floral hints of jasmine and violet with an overall hint of woody effect
luscious floral with hints of light citrus notes combined with jasmine, lavender and lily of the valley
star anise, crushed clove, and bamboo leaf with mid notes of indian jasmine, casablanca lily and iceberg rose on a dry base of woods, white amber, vanilla sugar, oak moss and teak.
captivating aroma of freshly brewed green tea leaves
sweet, freshly baked cinnamon buns dripping with rich, buttery frosting
nice aroma of log cabin in the woods
Again, thank you Christina for the awesome candles and if anyone is interested in a full set of these candles, please contact me or Christina for more details!
So last weekend was one of my friends birthday and it so happens that he loves ramen. We decided to go to Chicago to spend the day there as well as try some ramen restaurants that we haven't tried before.
The first ramen place we went to was Jinya Ramen Bar in Chicago
Spicy Umami Miso Ramen
Jinya Tokotsu Black Ramen
Many hours later after walking around Lincoln Park Zoo, it was nearing dinner time so we headed off to Oiistar in Wicker Park.
~.~ This place was deeeeeelicious, wasn't sure if its cause we were exhausted, or due to the place blasting A/C, or if the food really was that good.
For appetizers, we ordered the Berkshire Pork Belly Gua Bao, and Roast Duck Gua Bao.
Oiistar Classic Ramen
Oiistar - Oiimen
Oiistar - Spicy Zzolmen
At last and not least, to share my love of ramen~ here are two of my recent artworks with ramen.
No Face chilling in a ramen Bath
Thanks for reading!
PenelopeLovePrints is having a a t-shirt contest giveaway on the week of May 23rd to June 1st, 2016.
To enter the contest, please do the following:
• Follow us on Instagram
• Tag two friends who enjoy artwork in Instagram Post
We will pick one random winner on June 1st at 12pm (cst)
The winner and the two tagged friends being tagged will each receive a free tshirt from our store.
Hi everyone, we are doing a #tshirt #giveaway !!! To enter, please do the following: 1.follow us on Instagram 2.tag two friends who enjoy artwork in the comment below :) we will pick one random winner, winner and the two friends being tagged will each receive a free tshirt from our store :) www.penelopeloveprints.com Winner will be announced in June 1st #penelopeloveprints #instagramcontest #contest #instafollow #instagood #studioghibli #pokemon #artofinstagram #totoro #kiki #hellokitty #deadpool #avengers #supermario #doctorwho #starwars #smallbusiness #sherlock #freestuff #love #followers #watercolorpainting #watercolor #design #winner #share
This is a recent series I've been working on in traditional watercolor. It features cute animals and some of my favorite deserts. I hope you like them!
Giraffe Green Tea Parfait
Polar Bear Sushi