I received a request from a customer on Etsy from Germany. She saw my little Sleeping Buddies aceo on google, which was already sold, and wondered if I coulde paint her a bigger one but with a brown bear, light brown mouse and green background. I was delighted to and quickly replied to her request.
She decided on a 5x7 and so I quickly sketched him out on a piece of paper and then quickly colored him in a bit with colored pencils to get a feel for it.
I started by putting in some of the shadows on the bear, and then working from there.
I then painted the little mouse, making sure you could clearly see the mouse among all that brown.
Got a little carried away with the background before I remembered to take a picture. This little guy begged for purple flowers with all that green.
I find that I get better results if I walk away from the painting every now and then to get a fresh look when I come back. I pretty much finished him after a couple of hours.
The next day I did a little tweeking and painted the sides.
Here's a link to the original Sleeping Buddies in my shop .
I hope you enjoyed going through the process with me, it was a lot of fun for me to share.
Have a wonderful day!