Here's a piece that I just finished for my Children's Book Illustration class. It's based on a short story about a group of woodland creatures that get together for a special occasion to dine on sweet treats and baked goodies but one small woodland creature named Simon didn't get an invitation and he was left out in the cold. I felt a little bit like I had a break through with this piece. I did something different than I usually do and I left most of my original sketch in tact and used it as a way of creating texture in the figures. I spent a lot more time working on the drawing this time around and I really feel like it improved my end result. I don't feel like I have much of a style at this point but this method kind of introduces an element that I might want to use again in the future and maybe that will form into something of a style. I submitted this to my professor Will Terry and he gave me some good input on how to improve it. I've actually learned a great deal from him about how to design a drawing. If you go to his blog you'll find he's got some great work and also a link to his online tutorials called "folio academy". It's through folio academy that I watched one of his video lessons called "how to design a drawing". I think about things in that video series nearly every time I begin a new illustration.
|Digital Painting - photoshop - Children's book illustration - woodland creatures|