Upon reflection and useful critiquing, I’ve revisited some projects in my online portfolio. One was a piece I did as an Illustration Friday submission, for the prompt word “Vacation.” Bear was just too relaxed for a realistic vacation, I’m afraid.
I consistently have fun creating these stories, and experimenting with both traditional and digital media. May my learning never stop and my curiosity never satiated. I hope the same for you, my creative friends!
Here we are with more artistic expression via Muse the dog. He cuts a dashing figure, reminiscent of Napoleon, or Javert from Les Miserables. I ask you, if your dog stood still clad in old-timey maritime costume, wouldn’t you also feel inspired to paint?
Watercolor, cool new Derwent Inktense pencils, all on paper
Every month, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators issues a prompt word for their online illustrator gallery. The word for September is “Muse”. My dogs have always been a great inspiration for me, so here we are. Who (or what) is your muse?
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Hello all, it’s been a while, and for that I do apologize. I got a bit caught up in some other projects, and let the unicorns idle for a bit. Well, here is the newest installment, and I’m hard at work on finishing up the rest so I can just schedule them for posts. The next step is to pick the strongest and fully illustrate in color, as publishers like to get a taste of what the illustrations will look like in their final garb.
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The saga continues…
A note on character design: designing God was a challenge. I didn’t want to create a bearded man in the sky. There is a part of the Old Testament where God is described as a column of fire at night and a pillar of cloud by day. I like the clouds idea, and the giant arms in the sky make me smile.
It is so fun when I get to use illustration in my day job. Maybe one day this will be my job. At the moment, I am grateful that I have a little time to do this, and a workplace that appreciates creativity.
I scanned a drawing in and used some new gouache brushes from Kyle T. Webster. His brushes are the best for digital painting.
Happy Holidays to all!
Oftentimes I am interested in how an artist makes work, from start to finish. Maybe some of you are interested in the way I make pictures? Here is a piece created for a possible magazine cover, for a theme involving creativity and yoga.
I have been working digitally lately, but still love the hand-drawn aspect. I still scan in my finished sketch, rather than draw completely on the Wacom tablet. The whole digital style is new to me, and for now I just use it for coloring. Click the images to enlarge each one.