Process on work for my portfolio (ongoing)

  • Now gonna do some coloring


  • Changed the raccoon, taht he is also moving


  • Next llustration finished, I put some more process here. I didn't do color study.


  • @MichaelaH P.S. Your signature is so perfect for the childrenโ€™s book market ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • @BichonBistro Thank You, I love mouse so ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿญ

  • The publishers I am in contact with like my animals, but say I still have to work on human/kids, so last week and this week I did the daily exercise:



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  • @MichaelaH I will always love your imaginative animals best but your humans are fabulous too!

  • @BichonBistro Thank You so much for liking my work ๐Ÿค—

  • Did they specify what you needed to improve with your humans? I think some of them are pretty good, and that last one is great! Life drawing really helps this stuff, if you can't get to a class, just get to a busy area and do some gestures for 30-60 minutes. You will be amazed how much you can pick up and how it translates to your work after a little while.

  • @Amanda-Jean I almost never draw ppl, only animals, so I think they didn't like this less amount of ppl I ever drew to that point, I liked to draw animals more, but now I like ppl also. I never really exercised ppl before. I am going to frankfurt book fair this october and I will get feedback there, I will take my new ppl illustrations also with me.

  • Process on August Superstition
    I didn't have much time for this one. At first the storm was coming from left to right, but after I got some some feedback I changed it, because I wanted the first focus to be on the bird and the calm scene.


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    @MichaelaH Hey Michaela. What brilliant work. It's so insightful to see your process! Your facial expressions are fantastic and there is so much fun kids will love in your illustrations. ๐ŸŒŸ

  • @Judy-Elizabeth-Wilson Thank You Judy for Your nice words ๐Ÿค—

  • Fantastic. Thank you for sharing!

  • @MichaelaH I love this there is so much to look at and your animals are adorable ๐Ÿ˜

  • @NelsonYiap and @ambiirae thank You both ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  • Ok I am working on my portfolio and #fauxInktober Tomorrow's promt is bait and day after freeze, it started only with the grandpa, but later I thought I could do the opossite site for my portfolio (have always two sides), like the before story of little Flip. What do You think? And what about the text?
    No problem if somebody with better author (maybe @hannahmccaffery ) or english skills looks over it.

    And this was the first time little Flip talked to a human.
    โ€žI am not good bait, too small, too fishy, big mouth and talking all the time.
    The other fishes donโ€˜t like me, bad bait, bad bait.โ€œ
    The fisherman didnโ€˜t get to say anything before Flip started talking again:
    โ€žBut I can tell you a great joke?โ€œ
    โ€žYou know this one?โ€œ


  • @MichaelaH Hi Michaela,
    I love your facial expressions on your characters, you always capture great emotions!!
    Just so I can understand properly, do you want the two illustrations and text to be part of the same story? At the moment, the text doesn't make a lot of sense when put together, the illustrations could work together though. If your fisherman is fishing at the side of a lake/pond, maybe you could put Flip down in the bottom right corner just peeking up from the water, and he's listening to the joke the bait is telling? Then he goes on to tell Berry? That's only a suggestion anyway, your fisherman illustrations looks wonderful as it is and will work wonderfully as it's own piece.

    In terms of the text, maybe something like:

    Little Bait had to think quickly so that he could make his escape.
    "You don't want me!" he said earnestly "I'm far too small and smelly for the other fish in there, they won't want to eat me! I'm bad bait! VERY BAD BAIT!"
    etc etc then he goes on to tell the joke somehow?

    It's only a suggestion but do you see what I mean? If you're going to use both illustrations as a double page spread, then you have more room to maybe rewrite the text so that it fits with what is going on in your illustrations ๐Ÿ™‚

  • It is only beside each other, because I wanted to have tweo stories with Flip, Flip as really young fish and Flip as a big adult fish, still bla bla bla, telling joges and talking. Because in portfolio I need some illustration for both side I will put them beside each other, but it will be not like from same double page side like in book it would be.
    So the bait is the little Flip, not other fish.
    Here how far I have come, it is still not finished.
    But maybe I could write something like "Some years later" on the Berry page.
    PS thank You so much for helping me @hannahmccaffery

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