Anonymous asked:

What media/pencils/brushes/pastels? did you use to create this image!

Hullo Anon! All of the finished magazine spreads were created by drawing the linework (and some shadows) with colored pencil and brush pen.  Some of the finished ‘lines’ can be seen in a photoset here.  I enjoy starting pieces in this manner because it’s a good base for digital and traditional color, depending on which way the project goes.

From there, all of the pages were colored digitally with Photoshop CS6 and a Wacom Intuos 3 tablet!  Here’s a post about the brushes I used.

Aaaand here’s all ten Ohio Biomes spreads, sunrise to sunset!  I’m not sure I can put into words how much I learned from this experience- from crash courses in texture rendering to communicating with printers -but I’m delighted to have been a part of it. And thank you all for the touching feedback over the past two weeks- it’s been a joy. :)

I’ll post some updates to this blog when the free educator’s/standalone edition of this magazine is printed and distributed- I need to work out a few kinks regarding regional orders and the like.  Again, thank you for the kind words, all!

Ohio Biomes Magazine Images: Spread 9/10

By far the most to compose!

 Featuring: Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis), cave salamander (Eurycea lucifuga), tri-colored bat (Perimyotis subflavus), bobcat (Lynx rufus), and camel cricket (Ceuthophilus genus).

This work was completed for the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s WildOhio children’s magazine- I’ll have information about obtaining a copy of your own in about a month. As for the rest of the pages, I’ve been posting them once per day, and a roundup of all ten will go up afterward. Final page tomorrow evening! :D

Ohio Biomes Magazine Images: Spread 8/10

Forest! This spread used to be even more yellow- I might have a problem.

 Featuring: Luna moth (Actias luna), ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris), gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), Eastern hercules beetle (Dynastes tityus), gray tree frog (Hyla versicolor), Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina), Southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans), white-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis), raccoon (Procyon lotor), and pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus).

This work was completed for the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s WildOhio children’s magazine- I’ll have information about obtaining a copy of your own in about a month. As for the rest of the pages, I’ve been posting them once per day, and a roundup of all ten will go up afterward. c:

Ohio Biomes Magazine Images: Spread 7/10

Plenty of species do best with a mix of grassland and forest! 

 Featuring: Bumblebee (Bombus spp.), Carolina mantis (Stagmomantis carolina), rosy maple moth (Dryocampa rubicunda), wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii), Eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis), and striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis).

This work was completed for the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s WildOhio children’s magazine- I’ll have information about obtaining a copy of your own in about a month. As for the rest of the pages, I’ve been posting them once per day, and a roundup of all ten will go up afterward. c:

Ohio Biomes Magazine Images: Spread 6/10

True prairie is rare in Ohio (and everywhere else) nowadays- the biodensity is truly something to behold.

 Featuring: Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina), bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus), black and yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia), meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus), common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis), monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), giant black wasp (Sphex pensylvanicus), short eared owl (Asio flammeus), and Eastern cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus).

This work was completed for the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s WildOhio children’s magazine- I’ll have information about obtaining a copy of your own in about a month. As for the rest of the pages, I’ve been posting them once per day, and a roundup of all ten will go up afterward. c:

Ohio Biomes Magazine Images: Spread 5/10
Into the marsh! I had never properly experienced a marsh until I visited the Magee Marsh area off the coast of lake Erie a few weeks prior to this project- definitely an inspiration.
 Featuring: North American beaver (Castor canadensis), yellow-throated warbler (Setophaga dominica), prothonotary warbler (Protonotaria citrea), blue-winged teal (Anas discors), blue dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis), Northern leopard frog (Lithobates pipiens), muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus), marsh wren (Cistothorus palustris), and Eastern tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum)!
This work was completed for the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s WildOhio children’s magazine- I’ll have information about obtaining a copy of your own in about a month. As for the rest of the pages, I’ve been posting them once per day, and a roundup of all ten will go up afterward. c:

Ohio Biomes Magazine Images: Spread 5/10

Into the marsh! I had never properly experienced a marsh until I visited the Magee Marsh area off the coast of lake Erie a few weeks prior to this project- definitely an inspiration.

 Featuring: North American beaver (Castor canadensis), yellow-throated warbler (Setophaga dominica), prothonotary warbler (Protonotaria citrea), blue-winged teal (Anas discors), blue dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis), Northern leopard frog (Lithobates pipiens), muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus), marsh wren (Cistothorus palustris), and Eastern tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum)!

This work was completed for the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s WildOhio children’s magazine- I’ll have information about obtaining a copy of your own in about a month. As for the rest of the pages, I’ve been posting them once per day, and a roundup of all ten will go up afterward. c:

Ohio Biomes Magazine Images: Spread 4/10

Ponds and lakes, aka: adorable reptiles and duck bums.

 Featuring: mink (Neovison vison), Eastern painted turtle (Chrysemys picta picta), largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides), Northern greenfrog (Lithobates clamitans melanota), channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus), yellow perch (Perca flavescens), giant floater mussel (Pyganodon grandis), and mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos).

This work was completed for the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s WildOhio children’s magazine- I’ll have information about obtaining a copy of your own in about a month. As for the rest of the pages, I’ve been posting them once per day, and a roundup of all ten will go up afterward. c:

Ohio Biomes Magazine Images: Spread 3/10

Rivers and streams, full of all sorts of things! This page ended up playing guinea pig for almost every step of the illustration process. 

 Featuring: great blue heron (Ardea herodias), Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), North American river otter (Lontra canadensis), belted kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon), Allegheny crayfish (Orconectes obscurus), common mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus), common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina), six-spotted fishing spider (Dolomedes triton), creek chub (Semotilus atromaculatus), rainbow darter (Etheostoma caeruleum), johnny darter (Etheostoma nigrum), and banded darter (Etheostoma zonale).

This work was completed for the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s WildOhio children’s magazine- I’ll have information about obtaining a copy of your own in about a month. As for the rest of the pages, I’ll be posting one of these finished illustrations every day, and a roundup of all of them afterward! c: