This is Cubby. He's my "almost" three year old grandson. And I miss him like crazy. Cubby is not the name he was given when he was born. I was talking to him the other day on the phone, and he told me he had a new name. I said, "a new name"?, "yes", he said, "my new name is Cubby, because I am a pirate". So, I now call him Cubby, because he is a pirate!
My daughter had to tell me about the new show he's been watching on Disney Junior called Jake and the Neverland Pirates. He just loves it. So, I looked the show up and had a great idea for my favorite little guy's birthday in a little over a month. I was in the middle of getting ready to snazzy-up the windows in the craft room but cleaned that project right off my work bench and got to work!
I printed off a couple of colored pictures of Jake and his friend Cubby, and a silly bird named Scully, who I loved immediately. Then I pulled out my paint chips of all my Folk Art Acrylic Colors, and I got together a pretty nice color palette to make my new friends come to life. I grabbed my paints and brushes and got to work!
I had three 8"x10" canvas boards stashed in the craft room surfaces pile and thought it would be a cute idea to stripe lightly behind the characters as the only background. To me, it looked a little nautical, and with the characters being my main focus of the projects, I didn't want it to be too busy. I striped Cubby's background horizontally, and the other two canvases for Jake and Scully I striped vertically. I used my all time favorite color, Folk Art Light Blue, to lightly dry brush the color on in between the tape lines.
I printed the images from Disney Junior's site where they have coloring book pages for kids to print off and color. My grandson and I have been using this sight for all of his favorite characters since he could hold a crayon. We've done every single character from Cars, Finding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc. (just a few of our favorites) I cut the image out loosely, and centered it on the canvas, and placed a sheet of transfer paper underneath. I traced the lines and had a perfect image to fill in.
I painted the image using small brushes and tried to "color in the lines" as best as I could. I thought it looked a little flat when I was finished, so I went in and shaded and highlighted where necessary. This took several trips back to the computer where I could view full episodes of this adorable cartoon, and reference the characters again, and again!
I just used a wet brush and side loaded into the shade color I wanted to use. I followed the lines and added shading where I liked it best. Then I outlined it all in Folk Art Licorice that I thinned down with a bit of water.
Here they all are! I think "Cubby" will be very happy to get these in the mailbox this week. I wish I could deliver them myself, but this will have to do for now.