Monday, August 7, 2017

Piggies Part 1: Finished.

Most of the pigs I sketched in the previous post have reached a "final" stage.
Here in no particular order they are:

Pig Astair

Piggie's First Birthday

Grandpa Piggie Puts On His Socks.

Prankster Piggie At Work.

Piggie on a Swing 2
Piggie Peasant Collects Eggs
Cowboy Piggie

Piggie Can Can

Piggie Floats His Boat

Queen Piggie

Piggie Dances Flamenco

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Working from sketch to final line art.

Been busy this summer working on a SCBWI-IL Writer's Conference, painting backgrounds, designing notebook pages, and creating a "camp craft" for adults. (I'll try to post some pictures next month. I want to keep things a secret until the conference is over.)

In the meantime, thought I'd share some rough sketch to line art work I've been doing. I hope to finish the line art by adding color in Photoshop.

Here are some sketches from this summer. I'm working through a "PIG" theme. At this stage I'm not positive what the background will be, or if I will combine the single figures with others. Working loosely in the sketching stage I try to capture the pose and emotion of the image, when I start the line art, I have to be more sure of what I plan to emphasize.

Once the line art is established I import it into photoshop and fill in with color, texture and shading. I was disappointed that my line work didn't remain as fluid in the digital version. I need to play around with this and get it resolved.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 2017: Working from Photographs

Costa Rican-based artist, Maria Jose Da Luz’s illustrates infants and toddlers based on photos. Here is a sample of her work.

It looked like so much fun I decided to try a few myself. 

I started off simply and got lured into more complex images as the month went on. (I actually NEEDED drawing practice on the computer.)

Some of my images got a little funky and others captured the spirit of the original photos. I think the secret here is to keep it simple and NOT try to make an exact copy of my model photos. (Hard for me since I know several of the models.)

I want to thank all these friends for allowing me to use their photos this month: Holly Strobeck, Jennifer English, Rhonda Vercellino, Jennifer Lewis, Lori Degman, Mindy Savant, Abby Ryan Mattes, Stephanie Wilson, Jamie Schmidt and unknown faces from the internet.

Find more of Maria’s inspirational work here: https://www.facebook.com/MjDaLuz.DG/

Friday, May 5, 2017

My Illustrations: April 2017

Dancing Elephant

Patterned Pig
I started out the month on a "safe" note. The gelli prints were SO complex I was hesitant to use them. My first two pieces, "Dancing Elephant" and "Pattern Pig", reflect that hesitation.

In the next series, I found my groove and figured out how to use the prints.  In the "Experiment", bubble wrap print became the background of a witch brewing a potion.


Storm Clouds

Green Man

A doily print was used for the background in "Inspiration".

Black and gray swirls became thunderclouds in "Storm Clouds".

"Green Man" emerged from a green layered gelli print and "The Painter"'s canvas (below) was a gelli print.

I think I'm going to have to stick to simpler patterns and textures to keep the prints from becoming the most important thing in the illustrations.
The Painter
The Pioneers
In "The Pioneers" I made an effort to use some of my patterned files. It was very time consuming and I'm not thrilled with the result.
Three Long Haired Sheep


"Three Long Haired Sheep" was created with a gelli print as their fleece. "I used a gelli print for the background in "Dancing". I like the style of dancing.  In the final two images I'm focusing on digital painting an area that I know I need to work on.

I saw the work of an illustrator who interprets photos of children in an illustrated style. I think I'm going to try a few next month. This was actually based on the following photo. My intent was not to COPY but to reinterpret in my own style.

Saturday, April 1, 2017


I've had a busy month experimenting with gelli printing. If you haven't tried it I highly recommend it. I ordered a gelli plate but it hasn't arrived yet, so I made one of my own and wasted no time trying it out. Here are some of the pages I used in the illustrations that follow:
Gelli Print purple and green
Heading to the Beach

Gelli Print: orange dots
Polka Dotted Elephant 

Gelli Print: Yellow dots
The Eames Chair
Gelli Print: Yellow Leaves
The Geisha

 I've also been doing the 52 Week Illustration Challenge. Here are this month's prompts and my responses:
Fish Pond: prompt: Perspective



Happy Place
A few other illustrations from the month:
Green Horse: Tissue paper collage, digitally cut.
Textured Monster

Night Frog
Trees cut from painted papers with digital painting added.

More experiments with trees.