John (the husband) sketched this picture of Yvette (the daughter) on our vacation this year and I thought it was funny so I painted it. Happy Halloween everyone!
Thursday, October 30, 2014
I wish I had spent more time sketching this out first, but I was eager to get it painted. In fact, this is a problem I struggle with all the time. Drawing is definitely more of a challenge for me. Painting is just fun and that's where I get in 'the zone'. I need to slow down and get the drawing right or else the illustration is never going to look right. It was just for practice this time though so no big deal.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
I wanted to do a side by side comparison for myself to see how different my new technique is compared to just using gouache. (New on the left side.) The good thing about using colored pencils is I can use a fine point for more accurate details and the shading is subtler. The skin tones definitely look better the new way. I am so glad I took Shadra Stickland's advice on my portfolio critique. Now I have to get started on new portfolio pieces!
I'm having fun playing around with new techniques. I am using colored pencil as a base shadow layer on the faces , then I do a transparent watercolor wash over top of it, and I am using gouache for the clothes, hair, etc. I think it gives the skin a nice glow and I love the variety of textures.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Yesterday was my first SCBWI conference and portfolio critique. It was overall a very good experience.I learned a lot about the industry and met some fellow illustrators who are in the same situation as me, that are just starting out and finding our way. My critique was with the talented Shadra Strickland. Some of what she said was a little hard to hear, but that is true of all good critiques. You work so hard and to hear it's not as good as you believe it is, is bad for the self-esteem. However she gave me some great suggestions on what to work on, including:
*My character's faces were too cartoony/generic and suggested I use more photographic reference.
*The backgrounds were not receding enough and in turn my characters were not as sharp as they should be.
*I should work on using more negative space in my compositions
*My skin tones were too muddy looking
*Try playing around with different mediums
*She thought that I haven't found my style yet (I'm not sure if I agree with this one)
*Don't paint what you think people want to see, paint what makes you happy and excited
So I am going to take her advice and play around and do some experimenting. Today I played with combining gouache, concentrated watercolor and colored pencil. I like the results and I'm going to keep on keepin' on.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Friday, September 26, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
I had about four hours to kill today waiting for my car to get serviced and luckily there was one of the last remaining bookstores right across the street. I got some coffee, found a seat and practiced drawing heads for the next four hours. Not an altogether bad way to spend ones day. Here's a few, and more to come as I have to do it all over again tomorrow with John's car.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
My sister and I are collaborating on a children's book and here are the main characters. I am about to get started on storyboarding the pages and then I will make a book dummy which I really hope to have done by the SCBWI conference in October so I can add it to my portfolio.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Many years ago, John and I stayed in a hotel where actual ducks lived on the top floor and everyday a man would march them from the elevator to a fountain in the lobby where they would hang out for awhile. I thought it would be funny if the manager put the ducks to work in the hotel, at the front desk, housekeeping, in the kitchen, as bell hops. I might have to do more of these. . .
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
I wanted to re-do this painting which I made earlier in photoshop. I wanted to re-do it in gouache, since that is my favorite medium and the one I am focusing my illustration portfolio on. I read on a lot of artist's blogs that they prefer working digitally to save time, however I painted this faster in gouache than I did on the computer, although that is probably because I'm not as familiar with digital painting as I am with traditional mediums. Working digitally certainly does save time when it comes to scanning the painting in though. It is a rather large piece so I had to scan it in four different sections then composite them together. When working digitally it is nice to just save and be done with it. Overall I like both of them, but I had much more fun painting the new one.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
I was asked to participate in an awesome blog called http://jazzanddraw.blogspot.be/. All types of artists draw their interpretation of a favorite jazz song. It's a pretty cool blog so check it out. I made this one inspired by Les Baxter's voodoo dreams, as I've been newly obsessed with 1950's tiki culture. I'm also submitting this for Illustration Friday's topic; retro. Painted in gouache.
Friday, May 16, 2014
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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
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Monday, March 17, 2014
For Illustration Friday's topic; gone fishing. I'm really happy with the way this one turned out. It's painted with gouache on hot press watercolor paper. I'm getting closer and closer to having a portfolio that I'm really proud of. I keep thinking "I just need one more piece and then I'll be ready to send it out to potential clients", but that one piece keeps turning into one more and one more. I don't know if I'll ever think it's ready.