Leap for Joy – Choosing Fibers

You’d think that picking the fibers for the lamb would be a no-brainer.  Unfortunately, I’m allergic to wool, so that was out.  Instead, I opted for Alpaca wool yarn.  This gives a natural look much like sheep’s wool, but without making my hands itch!

Leap for Joy Fibers by Carmen CS

Leap for Joy Fibers, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, please bring comforting things into this family’s life and help them grow in their walk of faith.

Leap for Joy – Painting the Background

Finally, I paint the background.  I’ve chosen to paint it unevenly, as I may decide to leave it openwork.

Wild Colors 10 Leap for Joy 5x7 cu by Carmen CS
Wild Colors 10 Leap for Joy 5×7 cu, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, thank you that you surround us with green fields in which we can romp and leap for joy!

Leap for Joy – Painting the Lamb

The outline anchors the lamb and makes painting it easier.  Here the design starts to come together.

Leap for Joy Lamb by Carmen CS

Leap for Joy Lamb, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, we are your lambs.  We look to you for protection, healing, comfort, and guidance.

Leap for Joy – Painting the Outline

In painting a design like this where the background is painted and much of the figure is white and therefore unpainted, it works well to paint the outline of the figure first.

Leap for Joy Ghost Canvas by Carmen CS
Leap for Joy Ghost Canvas, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, please bring this mother back to her family in health and joy.

Leap for Joy – Painting Joy

Rather than yellow, I painted Joy in metallic gold.  This will make it pop!

Leap for Joy Joy by Carmen CS
Leap for Joy Joy, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, let joy shine in their life!

Leap for Joy – Improving the Lamb

This is the design so far.

Leap for Joy-even-lighter by Carmen CS
Leap for Joy-even-lighter, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

But while I’m happy with the body and legs, the head needs some work.  It’s time to switch to another photo for the head.

Lambs play by Will Palmer
Lambs play, a photo by Will Palmer on Flickr.

This lamb’s body position is not as interesting, but the head is lovely.  This kind of compositing from multiple photos can be very useful.

Leap for Joy-final by Carmen CS
Leap for Joy-final, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, help them to bring together the best parts of their lives to make a joyful whole!

Leap for Joy – Color Balance

Although the design used the colors visible in the original photo, I want a whiter lamb.  The time to adjust the colors is after the basic design is complete.  Then, global color replacement can be used to make different versions.

Leap for Joy-lighter by Carmen CS
Leap for Joy-lighter, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

This is the first step lighter.  It’s still a bit dark.

Leap for Joy-even-lighter by Carmen CS
Leap for Joy-even-lighter, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

This looks pretty good.

Leap for Joy-ghost by Carmen CS
Leap for Joy-ghost, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

This one is just silly.

So the best version is the middle one.

Prayer: Father, please bring your light into this family’s life!