Painting Progress for CNY illustration.

For this year CNY(Chinese New Year) greeting illustration, I saved the progress. Not a very detail one though, I still hope to share with you the steps of how I did this illustration.

In this illustration, the tiger was painted separately as one and Shermayne and Xavier with the balloons as one. Even the sketches were done separately.

After scanning in the sketches, I started working on the tiger first. First I changed the blue color sketches to brown and filled the background with a color which I wanted to use (it is always better to choose a mid tone color). Then I would quickly add on the colors for the tiger to get a over all feel.

From here on, it’s all about getting the values and shades right….

… then I would start adding in the details like the fur, the folds for the clothes, etc….

After finishing the tiger, I moved on to Shermayne and Xavier. Before I started painting, I decided to change their dressing to something more oriental. This is to suit the mood of the CNY.

I started working on Shermayne’s face first, trying to get everything right. Once I get things right on her face, the rest will be quite simple, especially when they both share the same skin tone. I can always “color pick” from her when painting on Xavier’s face….

After finishing on Shermayne, I moved on to Xavier and lastly to the balloons….

This will be how they look like individually before putting them together as one….

Finally I would move them together as one, adding some textures to the background and adding some shadows, and it’s done:)

I did a 100% crop on various part of the painting as well:)

虎年快乐 + Happy Valentine’s Day.

Chinese New Year is coming. Once again, I did a greeting illustration based on my Shermayne and Xavier. This year, Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day happen to fall on the same day. Therefore, I changed the “dressing” on the original painting to produce the Valentine’s day greeting illustration as well.

Wishing everyone a prosperous and blissful year of Tiger… not forgetting a happy Valentine’s Day:)

To see the step by step painting progress click here.

CNY songs sung by Shermayne.

Shermayne learned some CNY songs from her childcare. Not the usual CNY songs though (except for the last song), they are actually some simple nursery rhythm where they changed the lyrics. I find it quite cute and decided to record it down.

The first song is entitled: Red Packets

Lyrics:
Mummy give me 1 red packet
Daddy give me 1 red packet
Teacher give me 1 red packet
I have 3 packets
爷爷给我一个红包
奶奶给我一个红包
老师给我一个红包
我有三个红包。
Vocal: Shermayne
Backing vocal: Xavier

Second songs entitled: Little oranges

Lyrics:
little oranges round and sweet
one for you and one for me.
(repeat)
Vocal: Shermayne
Backing vocal: Xavier

…and last song: 恭喜 恭喜

Lyrics:
咚咚咚锵 咚咚咚锵
咚咚咚锵咚锵咚锵
Everybody happy
Father Mother Children
Grandpa and Grandmother
恭喜 恭喜 恭喜你呀
恭喜 恭喜 恭喜你
咚咚咚锵 咚咚咚锵
咚咚咚锵咚锵咚锵
每条大街小巷
每个人的咀里
见面第一句话
就是恭喜 恭喜
Vocal: Shermayne
Backing vocal: Xavier, Grandpa and Mummy