Recently I finished an artwork that is dedicated to winter. It’s symbolical because there is a thick cover of snow outside 🙂
I have never created anything big about the winter season. Probably, that’s because so many things I like to draw bloom in spring or summer. Winter is a time of contrasts: white snow, black trees, and small inclusions of something greyish.
This year I decided to break this tendency. Winter can be fun, and it is so beautiful – if we pay enough attention to see this beauty!
In the country where I live, climatic winter lasts for several months. Quite a considerable period of time! It’s up to people, whether to be happy during the cold and predictably greyish months or not. 🙂
This artwork is an embodiment of the wish to be happy and joyful in winter. A snowy forest is full of life!
I really enjoyed working on this piece. It was some kind of a challenge for me as an artist, too: snowy texture should be recognizable. Snow is light and velvety, it blends into the objects but stays visible.
Creating large-scaled art is such a magic! A big size of paper allows composing so many details, various objects and little secrets that make the viewer examine the artwork closely.
That was a moment when I looked at this artwork and thought: “I love it”:
As usual, I have a full behind the scenes process for everybody who is interested in how this artwork was created. Please keep reading and watching! 🙂
Inking part. Slideshow of steps:
Creating tree texture
Drawing the squirrel
A special step-by-step process of drawing the floral elements in the upper corners of the drawing:
How I worked on the nest:
I believe it is very important to observe real things to be able to draw them and keep the mind constantly full of nice ideas. 🙂 For example, I got the inspiration to put a bird’s nest into the artwork from this photo (my husband brought me this beauty from one of his outdoor anventures):
I also collect various natural objects. They are simply gorgeous! 😀
The finished artwork:
The fragments in close up:
By the way, collection natural objects is a great and extremely useful tradition when it comes to taking photos of artworks 🙂 Isn’t it adorable to see bright colorful elements accompanying a black and white ink drawing?
I hope you enjoyed the artwork and the process. 🙂 Thank you for watching!
And let your winter be full of joy and happy moments 😀