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January 23rd, 2017

Rabbit Children from the Garden Clan

Artist: Chuck Grieb, United States
Artist Statement: The Garden Clan is a world of magic and tiny faeries, inspired by the world outside, the garden in my yard, and a love for legends, fairytales, myth, and tales of adventure. Casein is my preferred medium and I find the Stillman & Birn sketchbooks provide the ideal support (Casein becomes brittle when dry and a stiff support is important). I also enjoy sketching in pen and ink, watercolor, and gouache and find the Delta and Beta series handles all my explorations with aplomb. I recently filled a Delta series sketchbook which had proved a preferred tool when exploring the world around me or imagining the design of the characters with which I populate the Garden Clan world (though I have also enjoyed drawing with pencil in my Alpha Series and working with ink and wash on the smoother surface of the Zeta Series).

When creating my illustrations, I usually begin with a colored pencil sketch (brown), over which I paint a single hue value wash, using Raw Umber casein. Once dry, I glaze on the color, building up the opacity. Often, I varnish the finished illustration. This image of a couple of the rabbit children from my Garden Clan stories was painted on the first page of a Beta series sketchbook in which I have just started working.

MEDIA: Colored pencil, Casein
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Chuck Grieb is an animation artist, illustrator, and animation professor of animation at Cal State Fullerton who lives in Southern California. Chuck loves exploring various media, traditional and digital; finding particular satisfaction in creating illustrative work using watercolor, casein, gouache, and ink.
Instagram: @chuck_grieb
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