Thursday, June 29, 2006

Illustration Friday: Rain Pigs

Here is my very last minute entry for Illustration Friday:Rain

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Rain Pigs

This is the sketch for my very late Illustration Friday Entry.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Where's Tab?

Okay, both books are finished (sketches)! Next the sketches will be inked in BW, which will be scanned, cleaned and sent. THEN, I paint the bw line and send off the originals. Phew!

Friday, June 09, 2006

Yay! Blogger Is Up and Running

Thanks to Blogger for being so quick and on the ball! Yippee!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Blogger's Hiccups

Blogger is having technical difficulties today so I will have to wait to add the rest the "Foxy Blogs" links. Of COURSE they're having tech problems the day I decided to change my template around - bleh!

Sketches From Early Reader: Tab

Here are three consecutive pages from Tab. The basic plot revolves around a kitten who escapes. As he runs through the neighborhood, more and more people take part in the chase. It's going to be interesting figuring out how to fit all these people in the illustrations without the space of double page spreads. Eeek! I'll figure it out though, with some thumbnail sketches to the rescue.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Lin And Hal

Two more sketches from the early reader, Lin and Hal.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Anatomy Of A Spec Sheet

You can imagine my panic when I received something similar to this (though without the handwriting explaining everything..) on my first job. The crop marks were particularly puzzling. What did they mean? How big is the art supposed to be? What are those codes? I of course had to call up my agent and have them walk me through everything. I was quite the green horn. So above is a copy of the spec sheet from my recent job (a spec sheet is created by the art director to guide the artist through the illustration process - it contains all needed info such as sizing, art placement and directorial instructions of what they want within the illustrations themselves.) I've hand-written in what each part means.

Crop marks - Marks that show where the pages of the book will be cut/cropped.
Bleed marks - Marks that show where the art should bleed to. In other words, when art goes off the edge of the page of a book, you create the art usually about 1/4" larger than the edge of the page. Then they slice off the extra.
Reference # - Each art piece has a reference number. Art directors receive hundreds of pieces of art in the mail. This helps with keeping track of art for records, and keeps art from getting misplaced or lost in the wrong pile.

This is a different piece of art from the spec description, but it's from the same book. Oh and by the way, don't run your sailboat up on the sand like this (LOL). I was told to draw the boat up on the bank. Not a good thing in real life.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

And We're Off!

Sketches for two books are due in two weeks, so will be quite busy (happily!) the next few days. One book is about two people on a boat who get off on an island and climb a hill. The second, and most challenging story is about a kitten that escapes, while the whole neighborhood chases after it. Phew! I'll post sketches as I go. This is a color sketch for myself, just to make sure the characters of the first story are the way I want them.