Monday, May 5, 2008

The Little Mermaid


This image was painted in watercolor, with some line work added in colored pencil. I superimposed some of my original sketch for additional texture in the painting.

11 comments:

Phyllis Harris said...

This turned out really beautiful!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Oh thank you Phyllis!

Amy said...

i love her. the hair is very art nouveau in style to me. she is beautiful. amy

Eric Orchard said...

Gorgeous Anthony! You deserve a big contract ASAP! I love how your faces look like real people, someone you would actually see yet they seem to reference the best in American illustration, Rockwell, Franklin Booth etc. But European too. Do you shop at Bud Plant?

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thank you Amy! I was going for that nouveau look

and thank you Eric! That means the world to me... Illustrations from the early to mid twentieth century have always been an interest of mine... Rockwell, Sundblom, Loomis...

four long years in my family's printing business with not much to show has been very tough... what you've said really means a lot :)

I'm not familiar with Bud Plant. I'll check them out! They sale art books? Are there some you'd recommend?

Eric Orchard said...

They are in Grass Valley California and they have one of the best art book collections I've seen. Amazing selection, stuff you wouldn't find on amazon. Check them out
http://budsartbooks.com/

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Awesome! thanks for the info!

Kristi Valiant said...

Anthony, I agree with Eric on your faces - they are stunning and give a shout out in style to the best American illustrators. The eyes are so full of personality and innocence. I love your fairy sketch below and hope you carry that one on to a final colored piece. It's wonderful.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thank you very much Kristi! I hope to have the fairy sketch colored soon.

I'm glad you like the faces... with this one I really wanted to get that sense of fear and unknowing, with the up lighting... and determination, the way she clutches the potion so firmly... moving forward not looking back

rbaird said...

Your work is amazing.
What a treat to visit your site!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thank you very much Roberta!