Ran into a road block again, the only way to problem solve the design, is to draw it out. Sometimes working your thoughts out on a sketch book really helps big time! This is the start where Annabelle get’s chased by the ghost. It’s all about design and the scene that best enchance the story.
More WIPs on the way!
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. 😔
Yes Sir! It doesn’t seem like much, but designing and drawing 4 pages for a children’s book is a lot of work! 17 pages to go for my dummy book so i can show it around to agents or publishers. To demostrate i can design a children’s book. I would do more but working for money is the ultimate monkey.
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.