Thanks so much. I appreciate your comments. I am working on a revision .
Jan Clifton Watford
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September 3rd Thursday
I thought I posted this but cannot find it so sorry if this is a second posting and I don't realize it. This is my sketch for this months's, Sept., third Thursday. I have realized that I need to make some corrections such as moving the guy character to the other side and have him reaching for the marshmallow. Should I eliminate the female character or just move her to the other side? What do you think?
Thanks for any feedback.
RE: September 3rd Thursday Sketch
I had this idea but then realized when I reread the prompt that it might be too confusing because the guy, Thomas, needs to be closer to the bear and reaching for the marshmallow that is ready to eat. Should I eliminate the girl completely or just switch her with the guy character (Thomas)?
I have a couple of other ideas too but realize they don't fit the prompt as well.
Any feedback is appreciated.
RE: Questions about sketchbooks
I only use one side of the paper in sketchbooks. I think it is because as a akid I was only given recycled paper from my Dad's office and I resented my artwork not being important enough to qualify for new paper. Another reason is though that I tend to be heavy handed sometimes and I don't like linr imprints showing through.
RE: Feedback Please- My Sketch for March Third Thursday
Thank you for all of your comments. I know this would be difficult to pull off for a children's book but it just is an idea that I had to create for this prompt because it stands in my memory and I have always thought that the fact that the little girl was so comfortable and proud to share with her class had to mean that she had accepted the death of her father and was proud of the good memories she had of them. I think the idea of death is very upsetting to some people, probably most people, but somebody had probably done a good job of teaching acceptance to this child and I am hoping the illustration will show this. I am aiming also for a shock and panic reaction with the teacher.
I think it is stiff and I will work on that. I sketched it very quickly and I think I am more worried about the shock value of it than anything, but I think I will learn a lot of creating it so that is what is important.
I want to go with the blackboard because of the contrast with the characters and especially the dad ghost.I thought it would bring it all together as a composition since it is a spot illustration, but I could be working so I appreciate any feedback.
I wrote this last week and it vanished before I could post it. I thought it was lost but came back just now and it was still here. I must have posted a wrong button. Since I wrote the first part of this, I happened to have a thought about the Mexican culture and how respect for the dead and especially their relatives is presented to young children. I have decided to incorporate this into this illustration and illustrating Haven the little girl with the cremation urn as Mexican/Hispanic and the teacher as Caucasian. The Mexican culture teaches young children differently in how to respect death. I will post an update soon.
Feedback Please- My Sketch for March Third Thursday
This is my sketch for March Third Thursday about Haven and Show and Tell. This drawing is based on something that really happened when I was teaching elementary school. One of the kindergarten teachers told me about it and although I did not personally witness it, the shock and humorous aspects of it were relayed to me. It is the first thing I thought of when I heard of the prompt for this month. The child had asked permission to bring her dad for show and tell and begged the teacher. The teacher was under the impression that the dad was alive and would share info about his career or a hobby. Instead the child showed up with a cremation urn and with much expression wanted to share with the other children. The teacher was very shocked and perplexed on how to handle the situation and afraid that it would frighten and scare the other classmates.
My questions are:
- How is my composition, is it working?
- Do I correctly understand the term spot illustration or should it not have the blackboard in the background?
- Although I realize schools now use whiteboards instead of blackboards, is it OK to have it black for the composition?
- Is the Dad ghost pushing the boundaries too much or would most people accept the humor in the situation?
Thank you for any feedback and your time to view this.