Saturday, November 21, 2015

Illustration: On Moonlight Bay

The Colour Collective colour this week was 'Robin's Egg Blue', a lovely turquoise, so I went all nautical with the 1912 song 'On Moonlight Bay', lyrics by Edward Madden, music by Percy Wenrich. A perfect excuse to draw an old-time sailor suit!

We were sailing along
on Moonlight Bay
We could the voices ringing
they seemed to say
"You have stolen her heart"
Now don't go 'way
As we sang 'Love's Old Sweet Song' 
on Moonlight Bay

Here it is being sung by Doris Day:

This makes the 16th Colour Collective Fadeaway Girl that I've done. I didn't have much time to work on this one (I've got a lot to do right now, typical November, and I've also got a bit of a cold so everything's going slower than it should be), I got it done in just a couple of hours and there are lots of things that annoy me about it, but I do like her face. =) 

Adobe Photoshop CC2015 on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2
Between two and three hours. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Illustration: In The Moon Mist

I chose the little-known song Moon Mist for this week's Colour Collective, as I felt the colour - Rose Quartz - was a lovely misty choice that would work well for moon mist. 

Moon Mist was adapted from Benjamin Godard's Berceuse (Lullaby). It's from his 1888 four-act opera Jocelyn, which was in turn based on a poem by Alphonse de Lamartine. In 1946 Jack Lawrence adapted the music and added some English words (that in no way resemble the original opera song).

One night I wandered by a stream
and saw you standing in the Moon Mist.
I thought at first you were a dream
until you smiled there in the moon mist 

The first strange flush of love 
was on your starlit face
and in the hush of love 
we met in one embrace

Now till we meet again I'll treasure 
that moment when we kissed
in the Moon Mist.

Here's Doris Day singing it:

And here's the original version if you're interested in comparing (although not from 1888 ^.~):

I chucked this piece together very quickly, as I have been flat-out with work all week - but I didn't want to miss this beautiful colour! Plus Friday was just one of those bad drawing days that attacks us all from time to time, so I wanted a break from work to do something that didn't have to be perfect.

This is my 15th Colour Collective Fadeaway Girl!

Adobe Photoshop CC2015 on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2.
3 hours.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Illustration: Moonlight Swim

This week's Colour Collective colour was 'Green Gold'. I went through my list of remaining 'moon songs' looking for one that would fit, and settled on 'Moonlight Swim', written by Ben Weisman and Sylvia Dee in 1957, but best known as being sung by Elvis in his 1961 film Blue Hawaii.

I haven't actually seen any Elvis films, so I went with a bit of a 'Beach Party films' vibe:

Let's go on a Moonlight Swim.
Far away from the crowd, 
all alone upon the beach. 
Our lips and our arms
close within each other's reach,
we'll be
on a Moonlight Swim

Let's go on a Moonlight Swim.
To the raft we can race
and for just a little while,
I'll sit and pretend that you're on a desert isle
with me.
On a Moonlight Swim.

Though the air is cold, 
with kisses oh so sweet, 
I'll keep you warm, 
so very warm
from your head to your feet.

Let's go on a Moonlight Swim.
We're in love, and above
there's a crazy gold balloon, 
that sits winking down
and inviting us to 
come on in.
On a Moonlight Swim.

Want to hear it?

This my 14th Colour Collective Fadeaway Girl! I think it looks a bit more 'river' than 'beach', but never mind. =) Next week is a lovely dusky 'Rose Quartz'!

Adobe Photoshop CC2015 on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2. Three hours. 


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