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
After practicing more of my digital sketching skills and after taking a second look at theses sketches I'm started to add more detail and refine/ push the contrast in them, especially in the areas that stand out.
I hope this heads the image overall. What do you think of the adjustments?
Something a little different. I've got a bunch of Potter wannabe kid sketches to paint up when I have the time, but took a little detour and tried the sketch style on one of them. I've added in a little color to make the scene a bit more interesting too. I've wondered whether to add some tone to the background or whether to keep it white. Any thoughts?