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.