YSYS: Sing Hippo! Sing!!

"I prefer my la la la!
Not oo oo, ee ee, ah ah ah."

Someone peel my off the floor please.  This was the most complicated painting yet.  Do you realize there are FOURTEEN living creatures in this painting???  AND a background?  Which by the way I learned the key to painting the "golden hour" (about 5:00 pm).  The trick is long high contrasted shadows and orangey/yellowey colors :).  Did it work?  I remember the days I was painting 2 characters and no background except some nice colorful spotty things.  I was like, "Dude I'm gonna finish this book so fast if this is how easy it is!"  Hahaha.... so naive I was a few months ago.

This still isn't finished finished.  Trust me there's plenty more to do here.  But good enough for now!

Six paintings left!  Six days!  Here we go!!!


  1. Dear Ginny,

    Your new artwork is very impressive. I love Hippo's wide open mouth and the variety of animals listening to him. Good work!

    Janet Heller
    Author of the award-winning book for kids about bullying, How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Sylvan Dell, hardback--2006, paperback--2007, e-book, audio, and Spanish edition--2008, 3rd paperback edition and iPad app--2012)
    Website is http://www.redroom.com/author/janet-ruth-heller

  2. I think you've captured the feel of the "golden hour" well. It's my favourite time of day!

    Keep churning them out Ginny!

    1. Hey thanks :)

      Keep churning I will! And as for your comment below, yeah that's because I realized while I was painting that arm that I didn't draw it in proper perspective. It looks like he's pointing up instead of at Hippo. So I just erased it. I'll put it back in the way I want it later when I have time. Good eye! Very impressive.... Thanks for noticing and being concerned! :)

    2. Oh, right, got it now. Yes, I didn't realise he was pointing at Hippo. S'long as it goes back in! Hope you've got a list somewhere of all these details. Phew! Better you than me.

  3. Hey Ginny, I've just noticed that Lizard's right hand (shown pointing up in the sketch) is missing in the painting.

  4. I love the warm sunset golden glow! KEEP IT UP!


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