Sara Silkwood

Illustration and Art
Sooo, funny story, I used to print out mini copies of my sketches in college to do color comps for projects - I had an Epson with mostly watercolor inks. So when I started laying down washes last night I was a little … surprised … when my line work went running down the board with my first application of water. Note for the future: Canon inks are not waterproof or water resistant.  At all. 

#sarasilkwood #illustration #wip #watercolor

Sooo, funny story, I used to print out mini copies of my sketches in college to do color comps for projects - I had an Epson with mostly watercolor inks. So when I started laying down washes last night I was a little … surprised … when my line work went running down the board with my first application of water. Note for the future: Canon inks are not waterproof or water resistant. At all.

#sarasilkwood #illustration #wip #watercolor

Starting the first painting from my new “series”/”project” “From the Prayer Room” which you can read more about on my website: www.sarasilkwood.com 

This was from a sketch I did, edited in Photoshop and printed directly onto watercolor paper with my Canon Pixma Pro-10.

#fromtheprayerroom #sketch #wip #watercolor #sarasilkwood #illustration

Starting the first painting from my new “series”/”project” “From the Prayer Room” which you can read more about on my website: www.sarasilkwood.com

This was from a sketch I did, edited in Photoshop and printed directly onto watercolor paper with my Canon Pixma Pro-10.

#fromtheprayerroom #sketch #wip #watercolor #sarasilkwood #illustration

So, I know I’ve been a little … absent … over the past four months.  Sorry.  I’ve been busy. Busy in ways that I don’t have time or energy to go into detail about right now.  Soon, I promise. Until then, I thought I’d talk a little about a new personal project I’m going to be working on.  Starting in January I’ve been a part of the prayer room my church started here in Houston.  Through this whole experience I’ve been learning more and more about prayer and worship and art …Anyway,  all that’s the subject of a later post.  Suffice to say, I’m wanting to find out what my role in this whole experience can look like and what art in worship looks like.  I’m working behind the scenes, and there’s not much opportunity for me to enter into worship, but there’s nothing that prevents me from taking the thoughts I have during the set and doing something with them later.  So, I’ve proposed this personal project to take those ideas and words and thoughts and turn them into a painting.  I’ll start with phrases, verses, words and pictures that come to me during the set, I write them down in my sketchbook - what you see up there on the left hand page.  Those get turned into thumbnails and I take the one I like the best and do a 5x8 sketch on the righthand page.  I’ll work on the sketch till I feel like it’s done, post the final here on Tuesday.  Wednesday through Friday, I’ll take the sketch edit it a bit in photoshop and print it out on watercolor paper.  Painting will be small, no bigger than 9x12, which I’ll post (hopefully) by EOD Friday.   So yeah, I have no idea what I’m doing, I’m just throwing things out there and seeing what happens!Here’s the first piece!Also, I’ll be at Spectrum Live in Kansas City this year … at a booth.  Yeah, so that happened.  More on that next time …

So, I know I’ve been a little … absent … over the past four months.  Sorry.  I’ve been busy. Busy in ways that I don’t have time or energy to go into detail about right now.  Soon, I promise. 

Until then, I thought I’d talk a little about a new personal project I’m going to be working on.  Starting in January I’ve been a part of the prayer room my church started here in Houston.  Through this whole experience I’ve been learning more and more about prayer and worship and art …

Anyway,  all that’s the subject of a later post.  Suffice to say, I’m wanting to find out what my role in this whole experience can look like and what art in worship looks like.  I’m working behind the scenes, and there’s not much opportunity for me to enter into worship, but there’s nothing that prevents me from taking the thoughts I have during the set and doing something with them later.  So, I’ve proposed this personal project to take those ideas and words and thoughts and turn them into a painting.  I’ll start with phrases, verses, words and pictures that come to me during the set, I write them down in my sketchbook - what you see up there on the left hand page.  Those get turned into thumbnails and I take the one I like the best and do a 5x8 sketch on the righthand page.  I’ll work on the sketch till I feel like it’s done, post the final here on Tuesday.  Wednesday through Friday, I’ll take the sketch edit it a bit in photoshop and print it out on watercolor paper.  Painting will be small, no bigger than 9x12, which I’ll post (hopefully) by EOD Friday.   So yeah, I have no idea what I’m doing, I’m just throwing things out there and seeing what happens!

Here’s the first piece!

Also, I’ll be at Spectrum Live in Kansas City this year … at a booth.  Yeah, so that happened.  More on that next time …

I think it’s a sophiloupe - you have to be careful, they have been known to disguise themselves… 

#sophiloupe #boxermix #talltale #sophie

I think it’s a sophiloupe - you have to be careful, they have been known to disguise themselves…

#sophiloupe #boxermix #talltale #sophie

Experimenting with ink and watercolor again - I can’t help it. I’ve been drooling over the upcoming release of Alex Alice’s new graphic novel “Castle in the Stars” (Les Chateau des Etoiles) which is being released in France next month … It takes me back to all my favorite illustrations and illustrators from my childhood - Arthur Rackham, Pauline Banes, Hayao Miyazaki, Tony DiTerlizzi, Evaline Ness - wonderful artists and storytellers. I can’t help wanting to do something similar. Sigh, it’s gonna take a lot more experimentation. This was an idea I was playing with for something Ari would wear under her fur coat.

#sarasilkwood #illustration #sketch #wip #watercolor #ink #ariswar #ari #alexalice #castleinthestars #leschateaudesetoiles #lesecretdelether #gocheckitout #steampunk

Experimenting with ink and watercolor again - I can’t help it. I’ve been drooling over the upcoming release of Alex Alice’s new graphic novel “Castle in the Stars” (Les Chateau des Etoiles) which is being released in France next month … It takes me back to all my favorite illustrations and illustrators from my childhood - Arthur Rackham, Pauline Banes, Hayao Miyazaki, Tony DiTerlizzi, Evaline Ness - wonderful artists and storytellers. I can’t help wanting to do something similar. Sigh, it’s gonna take a lot more experimentation. This was an idea I was playing with for something Ari would wear under her fur coat.

#sarasilkwood #illustration #sketch #wip #watercolor #ink #ariswar #ari #alexalice #castleinthestars #leschateaudesetoiles #lesecretdelether #gocheckitout #steampunk

A distant cousin of the jackaloupe, the sophiloupe is an even more rare specimen of American mythological creatures. However, they are carnivorous and should not be approached without extreme caution. They can be won over with offerings of pencils - any kind will do, though they prefer 2B - and the occasional  kneaded eraser.  If caught they will grant three wishes, though the usual caveats apply. 

#sophiloupe #sarasilkwood #illustration #sketch #talltale

A distant cousin of the jackaloupe, the sophiloupe is an even more rare specimen of American mythological creatures. However, they are carnivorous and should not be approached without extreme caution. They can be won over with offerings of pencils - any kind will do, though they prefer 2B - and the occasional kneaded eraser. If caught they will grant three wishes, though the usual caveats apply.

#sophiloupe #sarasilkwood #illustration #sketch #talltale

Another thumbnail for an idea I’m working through (on the side). Noticing a trend of curly headed characters…

#sarasilkwood #illustration #sketch #thumbnail

Another thumbnail for an idea I’m working through (on the side). Noticing a trend of curly headed characters…

#sarasilkwood #illustration #sketch #thumbnail

A lady faun (do those exist?).  A thumbnail of an idea that came to me today.  

#sarasilkwood #illustration #thumbnail #sketch #mythology #faun

A lady faun (do those exist?). A thumbnail of an idea that came to me today.

#sarasilkwood #illustration #thumbnail #sketch #mythology #faun

Having some trouble with the mountains and rocks, but we’re making progress. 
#sarasilkwood #illustration #ari #zan #ariswar #wolf #watercolor #painting #comingstorm #wip

Having some trouble with the mountains and rocks, but we’re making progress.
#sarasilkwood #illustration #ari #zan #ariswar #wolf #watercolor #painting #comingstorm #wip