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Fairytale Landscape

Fairytale landscape. Watercolour pencils on Canson Aquarelle cold pressed paper, October 2014

A few days ago I saw a photo of a mushroom with a snail on it and thought that it could be part of a fairytale landscape…

Portrait of an Elf

Portrait of an Elf

Portrait of an Elf. Lineart and coloring done in Photoshop

This colored drawing is far from perfect. The lines still need some cleaning. Again, I did the sketch with pencil and ink and took a photo of it. This time the lines are not done with the brush, but with the pen-tool–a new way to do it for me.

Another tool I tried out for the first time was the airbrush which I used for the coloring of the hair with different shades of red and yellow.

Fat Monk

Fat monk

Fat monk. Sketch and coloring: Ulla Hennig

This colored drawing was more or less done in Photoshop. Okay, I did a first drawing with pencil and ink, but then I took a photo of it with my digital camera and continued to work on it with Photoshop.

My first step here was to outline the face with a brush on a new layer. I haven’t got a wacom tablet, so it took quite some time and a very steady hand to do the lines. In a second step I colored the head in the lightest pink I could get. Every time I went over the outlines I used the eraser. It is important here to be sure on which layer you are working! It is also important to zoom in for details.

In a third step I used darker pink colors to shade. I did not have a reference photo to see exactly where the darker parts of the face are, so I did it as I thought it would be correct–which might be wrong!

By the way: I thought about a caption for the colored drawing. What about “Yes, I know, I am fat. So what?” What other captions are you thinking about?

Isn’t he cute?


Dog - ink drawing

Dog - ink drawing


I must admit: I am rather a cat person than a dog person. But the moment I saw this dog in my tv journal I knew that I had to draw it. It sort of talked to me: “Draw me!” It touched something in my inner artist. And the thing is that every time I follow those calls the result is satisfying.

That’s the big difference to art in school: You had to draw and paint something whether you had an inner connection with the item / subject or not. Of course it might have made sense–but there was no feeling in it from my side, and most of the results were not very satisfying and even discouraging.

Portrait of a Cat


Cat, drawn with pencil and ink

Cat, drawn with pencil and ink, done by Ulla Hennig


I did this portrait of a cat in 2007. Just a few days ago I rediscovered it, and worked on it with ink.

I did not want to wait till Monday to scan it (I have to use the scanner at work, as I’ve got no one at home yet), and so I took a photograph of it. Cropping the head of the cat was done with the pen tool of Photoshop, after several unsucessful tries with the magnetic lasso. I also used the smudge tool for the hairs between the ears.


Drawing of an elephant

Elephant drawn with pencil and ink by Ulla Hennig

It was fun drawing the elephant. It was late in the evening when I did it, and I was really tired in the beginning. But then with each stroke I felt more awake. That was a bit of a surprise for me. When I decided to do it I wasn’t sure if I would manage to get anything done…

Drawing a Dragon

I have discovered Youtube as a treasure trove full of drawing and painting tutorials. Often I watch them just for getting new ideas or inspirations. Of course the spoken words of the artist in the tutorial are important, but it is also the way they draw or paint
In the following video I am fascinated by the way the artist creates the dragon with a few quick strokes in such a short time! Ah well, I might have a try myself…


By the way this is post #300! That’s quite a number to celebrate, isn’t it?

Dolphin III

One of the fascinating features of photoshop is that you can create your own shapes. That is what I did here: I created a form out of my scanned dolphin by using the pen-tool and then converted this form into a shape (well, actually the program did it!). The big advantage of a shape is that you can re-size it, turn it, and color it in whatever way you like it.

After having done all that I thought I could use it as a design for my Zazzle shop. It fits very well on a bag, a mug and an apron. Here’s just the bag, but you can find all the other products when you go to my store and enter “dancing dolphins” in the search field.

Dolphin II – the digital painting

Dolphin, digital painting

Dolphin. Sketch and digital painting done by Ulla Hennig

I published the sketch of the dolphin in my Wednesday blog post. Here is the result of working on it in Photoshop: After having filled the shape with a blueish-gray color I did the shadows with the brush tool. I added the final touch by using the layer filter tool.

I don’t know whether I will use this digital painting for a Zazzle design. However I used the dolphin sketch for creating a Zazzle design – if you’ll visit this blog on next Monday you will see how I did that!

Sketch of a dolphin


Dolphin. Sketch done by Ulla Hennig

For some days now I have been looking for reference photos everywhere. I have a weekly tv magazine with some pretty photos in it. The photo of the dolphin was part of an article about high resolution tv. I put it into my folder for reference photos, and on the weekend I sat down and did the sketch.

And now I’ve got it scanned and uploaded to flickr and I am thinking of the range of possibilities it offers me: Could it be the source for a digital painting? Or the source of a photoshop shape which I could use over and over again, like those leaves which I published on Monday. Many ideas–and so little time!