Drawing “cute” illustrations

A while back, I worked hard to learn about illustrating in a “children’s book style.” I really studied up on it. (See below for the links to the posts I wrote on my progress.) This week I wanted to do a cutesy illustration of a boy with a box of chocolates and a little girl. I firstContinue reading “Drawing “cute” illustrations”

For my Dad – a painting of memories

A few weeks ago I was walking through Barnes & Noble when the book “Wherever You Go?” by Pat Zietlow Miller and Eliza Wheeler caught my eye. I love Eliza Wheeler’s illustrations. I loved that she created worlds and scenes. I was really inspired by her work. I wanted to try to create my own scene and I decided that a homemadeContinue reading “For my Dad – a painting of memories”

Back to the drawing board with Beach Girl’s Face

Last week I struggled with the face of my “beach girl” in a fun watercolor painting where she was floating in a pool. I “erased” her face several times and destroyed the paper. It was extremely frustrating. Looking back I realized that just diving in to paint her face was a bit of a mistake.Continue reading “Back to the drawing board with Beach Girl’s Face”

Beach girl – drawing her face 100x

I decided to draw 100 faces, to find the right face for my beach girl character. I couldn’t believe how quickly I fell in love with a face! It was the 9th one I drew. I did a few more after that, but I think she is the one! I started out with 24 circles on theContinue reading “Beach girl – drawing her face 100x”

Beach girl – working on an illustration style

  A couple of years I go I did this sketch of a girl (my daughter) at the beach. I love how loose it is. I love the movement. I aspire to be a children’s book illustrator, or at least develop a children’s book style, and I think this sketch is a step towards myContinue reading “Beach girl – working on an illustration style”

My Claddagh Fairy illustration made into a doll!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I am so happy today (in honor of St. Patrick’s Day) to bring you the doll version of my Claddagh Fairy. All thanks to my niece, Ryan, my illustration has come to life – in doll form! Thank you Ryan!    See more illustrations from the Claddagh Fairy and my journeyContinue reading “My Claddagh Fairy illustration made into a doll!”

Developing a Children’s Book Illustration Style (Part III)

I finally developed an illustration style for my Claddagh fairy! Now what? Time to illustrate the whole book. Wow, intimidating. As a graphic designer I had the knowledge (and the software) to design the layout of the book, so that helped. I started with thumbnail sketches (a storyboard) of where the copy would fall and what theContinue reading “Developing a Children’s Book Illustration Style (Part III)”

Developing a Children’s Book Illustration Style (Part II)

In my quest to develop a children’s book illustration style, I continued to look at the work of other illustrators and practice drawing. Each exercise made a difference in the evolution of my character and the birth of a drawing style. My character, is an Irish Fairy, called the Claddagh Fairy. I invented her when IContinue reading “Developing a Children’s Book Illustration Style (Part II)”

Developing a Children’s Book Illustration Style (Part I)

A few years ago I wrote a children’s book and wanted to illustrate it. I was pretty good at drawing things realistically. But how do you draw in a children’s book style? How do you develop your own style? I searched for books on the topic and found “Illustrating Children’s Books: Creating Pictures for Publication”Continue reading “Developing a Children’s Book Illustration Style (Part I)”