This fun project is themed around, “Adventure!” A personal project that’s going great! The story centers around a brother and sister as we see snipets of there adventure! Think Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider, and Rick and Morty. One the drawing is done, the next phase is to scan the art and use a paint app.
A spot illustration showcasing my abilities in storytelling and animals. Some of my fellow illistrators say, “Not the strongest illustration i’ve done, but it’s cute and whimsical.” The first version of “Welcome to my tail” had some cat and mouse anatomy issues.
So i had to go back to the original drawing and fix it. Add in a butt to the cat and corrected the mouse’s body. You can see a lot more of my drawing, where i’m strongest at, than my ability to paint. Plus i wanted to add texture to the fur in both animals, adds a bit of visual interest. Again not my strongest illustration, but i love it! 😀
Enjoy the rest of you week everyone, net time i’ll be on track for “Annabelle’s Ghost.” I just had to put the project on hold because of a portfolio review coming up.
Sorry people for not posting much and i’ve been busy with work and attending the American Librarian Association 2015 in San Francisco at the Mascone Center. Anything print related is there, the latest books, equipment, tools, furniture, and above all children’s books. I got a whole bunch because of the discounted prices.
Got to network with publishers, illustrators, and editors. Ask them about my work, what they like and what they wanna see more of. Ask them about submission guidelines and they love getting post cards of illustrations. Easy for them to pick the illustrator they want, good idea!
Below are some of the books I highly recommend based on great illustrations, design, and story. These will be availiable for purchase, fall of this year. I couldn’t get them because the books were display copies. 😔
For page three of “Annabelle’s Ghost,” i drew in spot illustrations for the comp sketch. What are spot illustrations? Spot illustrations are small images typically to enchance the story or article. Check out a magazine like the “New Yorker,” there filled with them.
In children’s books, there used to build up tension, suspense, or lead up to in a important part of the story. What defines spot illustrations, there small and simple. Depicts a character interacting with an object or another character. You have to use your design sense on how to use them. If you use the same trick all over and over again, they’ll be visually boring. Mix and match, spot illustration, full illustration, to full spread, or free flow illustration.
Remember to use thumbnail sketches before you committ to a fully designed illustration, or else you’ll regret what you drew. Design is what makes creating children’s books easier.
Thank you for your time and if you have comments or questions, please let me know. I’d be happy to answer them.
Page three is filled with spot illustrations. Used to build up tension or suspence in the story. The white spaces are used for type.
What your looking at is a comp sketch of the first page of Annabelle’s ghost. Comp sketches are design ideas with clairity. Meaning the drawing, composition, and area of text are CLEARLY defined. Not just for me, but also a potential art director, editor, or audience can see your ability to enhance the story.
This is a major step for me, because for the first time, i’m completely satisfied with the design of page one! YES! This will go into my dummy book (which will be explained later).
I have chosen the standard vertical format. Idea for traditional and self publishing. The comp sketch is 4x6in., perfect size for the dummy book. Let’s talk about the sketch… Annabelle is cornered at the wall of her bedroom. Something freaked her out. This shot has a bird’s eye view, ala “Alfred Hitchcock,” to create some tension, fear, mystery…
The top part of the page will contain the text of the start of the story or the white area. They are light areas of the page so the text can be legible, very important!
It’s also important to show Annabelle’s Room, It gives the audience a glimpse of the world i’m creating or tone of the story, a scary tone. Value and color will come into play later. Technical tip: don’t forget the gutter space, area of art you don’t need. The area of the gutter space might be cropped when published.
I thank you for dropping by and learn a few tips about comp sketches. Stay tuned and share! Because i’m not done yet! Got questions or comments, let me know.
I am improving my art and beefing up mu portfolio with this spot illustration, “Welcome to My Tale!” What i was painting for was value, shape, color harmony, composition or design, and storytelling. I’m satisfied with it so far, the next one with be a full illustration. The next update will be continuation of my road to the dummy book.
I’ve been illustrating for a long time now, mostly for news, magazines, comic books, and one children’s book. After visiting a peer group for portfolio review, i felt like i’m back to square one. They told me overall it’s good, BUT it can be better. I need illustrations of children, not just white kids every other ethnic group, no interior shots, not too many exterior shots, more story telling in your art, and lack of objects. That’s what i have to do because there’s a big children’s book event coming up, big names in publishing, agents, editors, and art directors are reviewing portfolios. A worthwhile opportunity i can’t miss!
Here’s the start with this spot illustration.