This week's "Illustration Friday" challenge is the word 'Mysterious.' I had originally planned to create a digital pen and ink image of a mysterious Victorian-style house under a full moon, but after I started work on it, I realized it was going to take me a while, so I decided to go in another direction. While going through some of my children's books I found an illustration by Alice and Martin Provensen of a young girl holding an egg. Looking at that image led me to think about a young girl holding a mysterious glowing sphere, that has her under a spell.
I created this painting in Corel Painter 11 and worked rather quickly; I think I finished it in under 45 minutes. I first created a digital pencil sketch. Once I was happy with the sketch, I began to add some washes of color. I started with a pale yellowish-brown and then kept adding washes until I got some nice darks in the background. I primarily used the New Simple Water brush and the Coarse Mop Brush to do the watercolors. For the ink lines I wanted to have a line that appeared to be bleeding, so I used a Leaky Pen brush that I modified in the Brush Creator palette.