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. 😖

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.