Comparing last Fall’s work to this Fall

As I added branches to my latest illustration project, I wondered, “What was I working on last year?” I asked myself the same question at the end of the Summer and the answer was interesting. When I looked back to Summer 2014, I saw the start of my watercolor and ink style. I could pinpointContinue reading “Comparing last Fall’s work to this Fall”

What I’ve learned in the 2nd half of 2014 (about myself and art)

At the 6 month mark of My Creative Resolution I wrote a post entitled “What I’ve learned about art (and myself).” As I sat down to write this, I reread that post, and I realized a lot of those items are still the important things I’ve learned this year. But I do have a few itemsContinue reading “What I’ve learned in the 2nd half of 2014 (about myself and art)”

My Creative Resolution – a year in review.

As the first anniversary of My Creative Resolution approaches, I decided to look back and see what I worked on this year – what mediums I choose. It was surprising to me that during the first two months I painted with acrylics. I think it was something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I evenContinue reading “My Creative Resolution – a year in review.”

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”

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)”