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January 3rd, 2019

Wonderment

Artist: Michael Ryan, United States
Artist Statement: For this illustration, I wanted to create a serene and magical evening snowfall scene. The gentle polar bear happily gazes up in wonderment at the snowflakes. I began this illustration by creating a light sketch with a mechanical pencil. I then inked the outline of the polar bear and the horizon with a dark blue fine-nib ink pen. I used alcohol-based markers for the colors. While using alcohol-based markers on paper can be tricky, I find that Stillman & Birn’s Gamma Series works very well with minimal bleed-through. To protect the next page in my sketchbook, I place a folded sheet of scrap copy paper underneath the page that I’m currently working on. Beginning with the top of the sky, I built up my darker tones and progressed to lighter tones further down the page, which helps frame the polar bear as the focal point. For the polar bear’s fur and the snow on the ground, I used the ivory tone of the Gamma paper. The snowflakes and white accents were created with a white gel pen as the final finishing touches.

MEDIA: Alcohol-based markers, ink, and white gel pen
SURFACE: Gamma Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Ivory – Medium Grain Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Michael Ryan is a visual artist, designer, and educator from Peekskill, New York. His professional work includes both traditional and digital illustration, graphic design, and photography. Michael is a Professor of Art and Design and teaches a wide range of subjects including Drawing, Graphic Design, 2D Animation, Digital Imaging, Digital Illustration, Visual Storytelling, Art History, Color Theory, Web Design, Video Editing, Motion Graphics, and more.

For his illustrations, Michael works in a range of different styles from cartoons to realistic portraits. He utilizes a variety of media and often enjoys the challenge of working with a limited palette. Michael offers original illustration and portrait commissions.
Instagram: @mikeryanart
Twitter: @mikeryanart
Website: mike-ryan-art.com

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