Saturday, January 28, 2012

Illustration Friday: Forward

This week's topic for Illustration Friday is "Forward." I think about when you are a kid and you are staring at someone or something in class and your teacher says "eyes forward." In this instance this class of wolves sees the new student in the class. I'm not sure if the narrative works better with one of the desks empty or not. Any thoughts?

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Illustration Friday: Twirl

Howdy there!
Here is my latest entry for Illustration Friday. I actually made two images for "twirl." I tried to not do someone twirling because that was my first instinct. Let me know what you think!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

North Wind illustration

Hey all
Here is another book illustration I worked up. 
This is probably the third iteration of this idea. It's from another picture book I'm working on that is a modern retelling of the "North Wind," an old children's tale that is one of my old favorites. I like the Inn a lot, not sure about the squirrel and the frog. But I think it's an amusing image anyway.
Thanks for looking!

Illustration Friday: Prepare

This week's illustration Friday theme is "Prepare."

I tried to think of just preparing something rather than for something. So naturally cooking comes to mind. Now I think I'll make some cupcakes!


Expecting a package?

Hey everyone!
I wanted to share my latest illustration I completed for my picture book portfolio. This is an image from a picture book idea that I am currently working on.

I like how it turned out. Let me know what you think!Stay tuned for more.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Some new pieces

Hey all
So I had my first portfolio crit the other day at my first local SCBWI meeting! It went well, considering that I just honed in on my style that I'd like to do for picture books. I got a lot of good feedback and encouragement! It's been a lot of exploring and a lot of fails since the conference in LA, but it's all been very good. AND with the help of my awesome husband pushing me to realize that I've had my "style" there all along, but I just haven't been applying to picture books- out our house we call that "not thinking fourth dimensionally." I look forward to doing more in this style for Illustration Friday work as well, to help build up a continuity with all my work. So here are some samples of what I've worked up. Enjoy! And please let me know what you think!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Winter Slow Down vs. 2012 ramp up!

Hey everyone!
Just wanted to quickly check in! It's been a couple of weeks since my last post. The holidays were in full effect and I went out of town. I did in fact get a chance to do some drawing over the break which is good, but I hadn't gotten to upload anything while I was gone. I did keep up with my Illustration Friday work but did not post it.That said, as the new year is upon up, there will be more to come this week! For the time being, here is a piece that I was commissioned to do for a Christmas present:

The gentleman saw some work of mine from our yeti show at work and commissioned me to draw his family at Yetis, something he said he always wanted to see. After some recent experience doing some portraits, I decided that the best thing to do if you are going to draw someone, is to meet them in person. It's so hard to hone in on the essence of someone that you've never met through a stiff photograph. So I went to the house of the family pretending that I was there working on a photography project about families- so the portrait was a surprise to everyone. The family was a hoot and I feel like I captured their essence and likeness pretty well!

I've also made a lot of headway with my graphic novel. I finished the first section. Now onto edits and part 2. I'll post some more pages soon so you can see another vignette from the book. Now I'm off to work on some illustrations for my first portfolio crit with the local chapter of SCBWI this coming week.
Thanks for looking!