Dragonflies helping a dragon fly
I am a caricature/portrait artist and have recently moved over into children's illustration. I am keen to learn and teach, so if you need help with anything feel free to drop me a line.
Can't even have a relaxing day building sandcastles anymore!
It finally seems that the print version of my first book I illustrated "Patrick Picklebottom and the Penny Book" is stocked and available on amazon, and should be on the shelves (soon?) in some retail stores. I honestly wouldn't have reached this point without SVS, the monthly competitions and especially without the help of it's forum members so I owe a lot to everyone here!! I'm currently at work on my 4th book and hope to include a special dedication to the SVS group that has helped guide the way
I hope it's not against the rules to post the amazon link and i'm happy to take it down if it is
Inspired by @smceccarelli amazing "100 kids" project I thought I would give it a go myself to explore and experiment with a variety of styles and character designs. I'm mostly using reference images found on pinterest which I then do a 3 minute timed sketch of and spend another 5 minutes refining the design before doing color studies (again I want to give my thanks to @smceccarelli for her great youtube video on her own color scheme explorations).
Both of these took a bit over 2 hours each and although I could refine them more it would be against the point of the exercise If you are interested in the brushes used, I used Kyle Webster's Gouche Round Opaque with a few custom adjustments for the block in and my own pencil brush which is a mix of the splatter with a texture on top (Will Terry has a great video on making your own pencil brush)
Sometimes the monster under your bed isn't as scary as you think.
I haven't been on the SVS forums as much as I would like in recent months as I have been tackling working on my first books, working multiple jobs and the birth of my first child last year (a job in of itself!!). I have missed chatting with a lot of the members on here and looking at all your great work , so I hope to be a lot more active and back into things.
Anyhow, my meaning for this post is just to thank everyone on SVS, the teachers and the forum members, who have helped guided me through the process of becoming a children's illustrator. I have 2 books that are coming out quite soon and may hopefully be on some major bookstore shelves (fingers crossed). Although I have a million things left to learn and improve upon I feel like i'm slowly walking in the right direction
Thank you for all the comments. I can see what you mean about sitting on the stove. However this story is about a boy who said he baked a cake but actually didn't. He made a mess on the floor in preparation to make it, but then bought one. The 2 other characters arrived later and figure out what he did. I can still understand about the bad implication of saying to kids it's ok to sit on a stove so i'll think about what to do with that.
Also good point about adding a bit more contrast, that should be an easy fix and i'll see how I get push those values a bit more.
The next picture in the series is about the boy's dad who is looking at hiring a new person for his store, but is unsure about who to hire. I feel it's almost there but might need a little more work on it before it's fully done.
Working on a book that will be in black and white and more in a pencil sketch style to make it feel traditional. Trying to get the values nicely balanced as well avoiding making it look too digitally drawn.
Would you say it's achieving this effect?
Are there any things I could adjust that could help improve the image?
Finally managed to finish Albert. He became a fox/ fennec hybrid in the end. Didn't manage to get it in for the contest, but it's been a fun side project and hopefully a good one for the portfolio
Great studies are you doing the timed poses or just spending as long as you wish on them? I've also been trying to get back into figures and posing and trying to keep things really basic just so I can get out as many as I can and to then try integrate them into a random character.
Still working on finishing off Albert here and there....
@phoenix-yip love the improvements, I think the taller canvas works better though as it fit well with the composition.
I hope you don't mind, but I did a quick adjustment by returning to the old comp and adding in some blues in the shadows as well as increasing the highlights on the character. It might not be the style you want to do for though, but it's just an idea.
I think you are missing out by having the figure standing in the shadow. I would push the light that is hitting the ground and have him lit up by it. Perhaps there is a reason in the scene as to why he is in shadow, but if that is the case I would have painted it differently