Welcome to My Tail…

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. 

  
The new illustration. 😄

  
The old illustration… I cringe just looking at it. 😖

ALA 2015 San Francisco

 
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. 😔

    
    
    
 

Chill’in with Spot Illustrations!

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. 

Beefing up my portfolio!

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.

Welcome

What my portfolio lacks!

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.

Kid Curry

Go Warriors!

Crap on a crud!

I find myself again taking or adding thumbnails to my pet project. Story still the same, it’s about what design makes sense or not and how to make the story visuallly interresting. Once i get this all straighten out, the next step is making a dummy book.

What is a dummy book? It’s like a precuser of what the book might look like. These small books must contain the story with the comp sketches, clearly rendered or drawn. You can print out the book OR save it as a PDF file. When i get to that, i will do a tutorial. Thanks for following along and it you have any questions, let me know!

Crud

It’s actually good that i screwed up!

AAAAAAHHHHH!

The first illustration for “Annabelle’s Ghost” is done, BUT not what i was hoping for. The problem is composition, the protaginist is set in the midde, which is boring. Two, Annabelle is too close to borders and not enough gutter space, areas of art that can be cut off. Thrid, the monochrome idea with the dramatic lighting was cool, but lacked color harmony. The scream text behind her seem cheesy and then you realize it’s all about legibility, you don’t want kids to struggle while they read, it’s about encouraging them. Because of this mishap, i had to go back and redraw the design. If anything, this illustration is an example of what not to do. It’s actually good that i screwed up.

To keep in mind when illustrating:

A visually interesting design and composition.

Color harmony.

Nice value range.

stay away from mixing text and illustration.

Questions or comments, let me know! Until then keep on drawing!

Comp Sketch!

What’s up! it’s all about the comp sketches! So I took my small thumbnail and blew it up to 4×6 inches. Comp sketches are designed to clear up the idea from the thumbnail. Where you can see Annabelle cower in fear at the corner of the bed. If there’s something wrong with it, I can always draw another design or fix it. As you can see, a full illustration with text in the white space. Got any questions, let me know!

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Character Concept

Color concept of the protagonist Annabelle. Doing this has helped me relearn a master painter’s old technique. Where you start from dark to light by first painting in sepia. Then add value or a cool blue for the shadow side. It’s cool because you can see the strong silhouette, color harmony, and nice value range. I used the Procreate paint app, but you can paint using Photoshop or Painter.

Annabelle

 

Top right is my color wheel i like to create and more convenient than going to the color picker. The colors i circled in red, are the only colors i use. I use black and white too, but very sparingly.

If you got any questions, let me know.

 

Update: Thumbnails of the first page.

Continuing on with my children’s book! I am doing thumbnail sketches of the first page of my book. These thumbnails are meant for one purpose. Planning how illustrations and text look together. So you got to think about what type of image, which is a full illustration. And how much white space you need for the text.
Now the story of the first page in a little girl, cowering in fear and screaming off the top of her lungs. All five thumbnails indicate that action… I just have to pick which one is designed best. The next phase will be comp drawings, where the idea gets cleared up.

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