Surprise 13th birthday party invite, illustrated

What do you do for invitations when you want to throw a surprise 13th birthday party? Well, of course, you draw one.

My friend in town decided that 13 would be a good age to throw a surprise party for her daughter. She was a little stumped as to how to invite everyone and still keep it all one big secret. Time was a little tight when she approached me and discussed developing an invite, so I created a digital one, meaning that the invitation could be used on Facebook and e-mail.

It took about 5 hours to create and it allowed me to use up some of that good old digital painting knowledge that had been neglected.

What do you think of the final image? Age appropriate? It’s tough creating an invite for a girly who has no interested in “all things fluffy”.

In 2012, I drove around Lake Superior, which really was one of the most fantastic journeys I’ve ever been on. Talk about breathtaking.

A year later, when I was just starting to take an interest in drawing again, I decided to sketch an image of a -meh- photo I had taken.

The ink sketch was ok, but it was lacking something, so a few months later, I started incorporating ink and acrylic into the drawing.

It’s not completed yet (because I am scared) and not really sure how to finish the top part. Any suggestions, should I just wash it with ink, should I build more into the boat? The biggest barrier is that I am not particularly confident when it comes to detailing vehicles, people etc. If it’s a rock or a landscape then I can use my imagination and interpret it in whatever way I’d like, but that doesn’t work the same with, ya know, boats. Thoughts?