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Custom Blankets

My newest project is to create custom blankets for my boys. I wanted them to have something special with my artwork on it that they can use and enjoy. I started with two of my favorite photographs, then made the art portraits from there. These portraits are digital made by hand using my Apple pencil and the design program Procreate.

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Then I added a background to each one – Japanese paper designs. Finally, I uploaded the finished paintings to Spoonflower online to be made into custom fabric. I chose the “minky” fabric for it’s soft and fuzzy quality. I was so excited when the fabric arrived! Wow, it’s so much brighter and more vivid than I even imagined. And the paintings look so cool in this large size.

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The next step is to sew them into blankets. I’ll post again with the finished blankets…my hope is I can finish before Christmas.

Blessings,

Emily Lupita

Artist & Author

Emily Lupita Studio

 

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Introducing Our New Baby

Introducing our new baby, little Archer. He’s the sweetest tiny guy and it’s been such a beautiful and busy eight months since he was born. I’ve been wanting to add him into the family portrait painting I made before he came along. It’s taken me awhile, but I’ve finally finished. I thought it would be cool to show you my process for making portraits.

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I start out with a photograph that I love. In this case, I’m adding baby Archer to an existing painting, so I had a print out of the family portrait handy. That way I can match the style and colors.

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It usually takes me several tries to get the sketch how I like it. I begin with the basic form, then add in my Lupita style circles, chevrons, stars, stripes, and style. These are just two of the fifteen or so sketches I made on plain white paper. Then the fourth one is the final sketch on watercolor paper.

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Let the painting begin! I almost always start with the face then move outward in a circle from there. I’m not sure why…it just seems the most natural way for me to paint a person.

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Once the painting is complete, I scan it into my computer and use Photoshop to add it to the larger family portrait.

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I hope to eventually re-paint the entire family portrait so all the colors match exactly. With two small children at home it may take some time, but one day soon! 🙂

Blessings,

Emily Lupita

Artist & Author

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New Painting: “Ashley”

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“Ashley”

watercolor & ink

by artist Emily Lupita

Art prints & original painting are now available in my little online art shop.

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🌟 Love & Blessings,

Emily Lupita

Artist & Author

http://www.EmilyLupitaStudio.com

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New Painting: “Lupita & Her Captain”

 

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“Lupita & Her Captain”

watercolor & ink

by artist Emily Lupita

Art prints & original painting are now available in my little online art shop.

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Emily Lupita

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The Evolution of Emily BrontĂ«

This Week At Emily Lupita Studio ~ The View From My Art Desk

I decided to try something new – watercolor portraits of women writers I admire. My first portrait is an homage to Emily BrontĂ«,  the English novelist and poet, best remembered for her only novel, the classic, Wuthering Heights.

My starting inspiration was the Humbert Portrait, which is from an unknown artist of the mid-19th century.

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First step – drawing the portrait out in pencil. I wanted it to be similar to my inspiration, but in my own style. I gave her a pair of my favorite earrings and a modern hair style (and added highlights to the hair later as well.)

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Next I made a digital illustration from the pencil drawing, playing around with color. I added in an Emily Brontë quote I love.  (For a zoom-able version that’s easier to read, visit it in my Etsy shop ~ here.)

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Once I had the colors as I liked them, I went back to the pencil drawing and started the watercolor process.

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There are 6 different colors in her face alone. The hair has around 8 different shades.

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This style is what I call my “fashionista” style because it’s similar to illustrations for fashion design. It’s a completely different technique than my usual Lupita style of painting. Also using a different paper that absorbs the water much faster than my usual cold press paper.

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And here she is, my first watercolor portrait of a woman writer I admire. Maybe the first & only…maybe the first of many.

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Sending wishes for a beautiful week ahead,

~Emily Lupita

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