Thursday, January 30, 2014

Snow White (in color)

Here is the Snow White piece with color added, and some fixes made to the sketch.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Snow White (In Progress)

In-progress assignment for an upcoming conference: Illustrate a scene from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, focusing on character and setting. Illustration Friday on hold for a bit, while I finish this image and get my portfolio ready to show.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Illustration Friday: SEARCH

This week's Illustration Friday theme: SEARCH! Winter, the time when squirrels are perhaps scratching their big heads wondering -- WHERE did I put those early fall acorns? And chipmunk, with cheeks bulging, tries to beg off  -- What acorns?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Illustration Friday: TIME

This week's Illustration Friday topic was TIME. I feel like I was kinda short on it this week to come up with and finish a piece, but here it is! I'm imagining a story where these kids are trying to help out/save the world and their first task was to find the giant TIME clock and stop it for a while.

When I was a kid, I remember wanting time to go by more slowly; I was afraid it was going by too fast and I was going to wake up one day and be an adult too soon!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Illustration Friday: REFLECT

Crispin had never seen a mirror like this one before. Look at those paws! Who was that squirrel? Suddenly, tryouts for the basketball team seemed much less scary.

I missed the deadline for Illustraiton Friday this week, but finished the sketch today and decided to post it. The word for the week was REFLECT, and while working on it, I was thinking about how we can look into mirrors and see outsized flaws that oftentimes others never notice.

But mirrors can also provide a slightly different take on things, let you see a self with different strengths. Weird huge Hulk paws! Dainty mouse feet! Slim swan-like neck! Sometimes that mirror is a person, a friend, who reminds you of what your strengths really are, or shows you how they see you.

The inspiration to sketch an animal came from a book on the NYPL list of 2013 best children's books: Herman and Rosie, about an animal duo that finds each other in the jazz scene in NYC. Sometimes, animal characters can be more like us than we are!