Behind the Scenes of Creating Air Magic - Part 1

Sneak peeks into how the art is made!

Painting Air Magic from the Natural Magic Collection - Part 1

Before I get to work painting – a plan gets drawn out, literally! :)

Before the painting starts I first draw what's called a comprehensive sketch, which is often referred to as a "comp". When it's in pencil or shades of gray this type of drawing may be called a black and white comprehensive or a "b&w comp". To see the finished painting click here. © Kristen Girard. 

Before the painting starts I first draw what's called a comprehensive sketch, which is often referred to as a "comp". When it's in pencil or shades of gray this type of drawing may be called a black and white comprehensive or a "b&w comp". To see the finished painting click here. © Kristen Girard. 

Each painting starts with an idea, which is always tied to the source of inspiration. To see the inspiration behind the art click here.

An idea is the catalyst to start the art, but before the art becomes a reality it needs to be planned out. 

When art is involved that plan takes the form of a drawing or a sketch. This is especially important when creating a painting from the realm of imagination, such as the magic welders in the Natural Magic Collection

Planning makes the whole painting process go smoother by:

  • Eliminating unpleasant surprises.
  • Helping the artist's vision come through more clearly. 
  • Providing the artist an opportunity to experiment and try out different scenarios.

Once the drawing is done, then we can move on to the painting with oils!

Stay tuned for Part 2 of a behind the scenes sneak peek into the making of Air Magic.