Candy Corn Queen 2015


DSCF3879The 6th Annual Candy Corn Queen is here!

This year’s Candy Corn Queen is based on Star Wars’ character, Amidala, Queen of Naboo.  I used ZIG Millenium pens and Coptic markers to create this drawing.  Hope you’re having a blessed autumn season. Thanks for stopping by to look at my art!  ~ScarlettDSCF3901 DSCF3893

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Track on the player: “Across the Stars” by John Williams.

Candy Corn Queen 2014

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This year’s Candy Corn Queen is Celtic~

As always, I started with some sketching to work out the composition.

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I decided to stylize the drawing (see below). I used ZIG pens and Copic markers to color the copy I made onto aged parchment.

This year’s Queen, while a warrior, also features small delicate butterflies with candy corn, in memory of my precious Knox.  It’s been 8 months since Knox went to heaven.  My head was always brimming with ideas when he was with me.  I began designing a queen to celebrate my favorite fall candy the year he was born. You can see the previous Queens here: 2010  2011  2012  2013.  This is the 5th Candy Corn Queen and I look forward to it every year!  Don’t forget to visit Knox’s Etsy shop if you’d like to order some cards. All proceeds go to Cockayne Syndrome research and family support.

Take a second to like my FB page and see daily sketches, works in progress, and photos of my elementary art class’s weekly art projects.

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I used George Bain’s terrific book on Celtic designs as a reference when stylizing my sketch…

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CCQ 2014

Candy Corn Queen 2011


She started out as a sketch on tracing paper, just like last year. I decided on an Elizabethan style queen and  initially sketched out a castle along with her….but I changed my mind on the castle later on.


After the basic sketch was done, I made a copy of it, and began drawing in all of the details of her costume, adding candy corn wherever I could.


Instead of a crown, I drew a rose that matched the rose pattern on her under-dress, and put it in her hair



I cut her out, made some more copies, and started playing around with some different color combinations.  It’s amazing how many different ways you can color something with just black, yellow, and orange.

A more serene background, with a large moon and birds flying in the distance, allows the queen to become the central focus of the picture.

I think I might need some better glasses! Good grief, I was going cross-eyed coloring these tiny candy corn!


At this point I thought she needed something else to make her costume fancier.

Then I remembered “Hello Doily!” I ordered this stamp from Stampin’ Up a few weeks back and hadn’t used it yet.


Is this a gorgeous stamp or what?

It was the perfect size for a layer of lace behind her collar, and a single section of the doily became a small lacey fan.  It’s so cool when stuff works out like this!


Used my extra small x-acto knife to cut out her finger just enough to ‘hold’ the fan handle.


Used some ‘Black Soot’ Distressing Ink to color the background. These inks have become one of my all time favorite products ever, I use them constantly.


Now she seemed complete in all of her candied splendor…..she just needed a little SPARKLE.

 


She’s finished! And I hope you have some fresh candy corn to enjoy this weekend!

You know I do.  :)

Candy Corn Queen 2010

My daughter was eating some candy corn and remarked how fun it would be to make candy corn jewelry.

Then I remarked how fun it would be to try to draw a lovely Candy Queen completely covered in candy corn accessories.

And now, for the rest of the story…

 I drew the original on tracing paper so I could play around with some different backgrounds.  I thought a bright orange sun looked cool behind her and I also decided to change the crown design for this one.

And the Queen has to have jewels.

I made the second Queen using the original crown design.  I stamped old handwriting all over a sheet of cardstock and then layered the original drawing over it.  Then I stamped some birds onto transparency pieces and moved them around until I liked the way it looked.

I turned it into a card and stamped an envelope to match. Because of the size of the drawing, however,  I had to cut most of the wing off so I knew I needed to reduce the image before making more cards.

*is anyone actually reading this? *  :)

Of course, the reduce/enlarge feature on my printer busted as I attempted the first one,  SO I had to take them to Office Max and get some reduced color copies made.  The colors were altered quite a bit by their printer.

*note to self*

Get a new printer.