I’ve started out this year by having a little over a week off work, to catch up on my art and to recharge my batteries. I’ve had a great deal of fun this week by starting a new little project, where I am using the alphabet and creating some new animal characters to go along with it along with a few old ones. And as I mention in my subject line for this post – To Do Illustrations Is FUN!! I really do enjoy it – and to tell you the truth to work on these types of illustrations I work more freely without having any reference photo to work from. I think it’s good to practice this in between other work.
Don’t worry I will still do some more Car Illustrations and other stuff this year, but I also feel I want to take my drawing skills up a notch. Let’s say that is my New Year Resolution for 2015.
When I start with an illustration I usually do a draft sketch with a pencil where I then go over with an ink pen to make the final sketch. In these illustrations I have been working with water colour paint and water colour pencils, and I like working with this combination. In this illustration above I have been working with the letter A (obviously) and there are two ants holding the letter up.
The same technique has been used in the above illustration, but added more movements in it, there is a lot of things going on in this picture. You have the busy bee’s delivering honey to their beehive and the birds and the birds nest, and don’t know if you see it but inside the bird nest there’s two more birdies, where you only see the nibs. And then also the beetle climbing up the tree trunk, but he is a friendly one. A few of these characters I’ve used in some of my previous illustrations, the blue birds and the bees. This project is a lot about details, and a lot of things are happening in the pictures.
I bought this book the other day from amazon.com Children’s Picturebooks and it is a very good book if you love creating picture books it gives you some history about illustration and I find it very helpful in my work. This is one part of a course I am planning to take soon, and thought I would give it a head start and read this book.
At the moment I am working on the 3rd illustration with the letter C. This picture takes place on a farm as you can see and deliberately I have chosen animals that starts with the letter C. You have the cat sitting on the sea looking out over the field behind the barn and the cow looking out over the fence and also the chickens at the side of the road. I have left some space for some text eventually.
This was all for me this week, I will be back next week with more updates on what is going on there at the studio.
All the Best!