Sunday, October 29, 2006

Illustration Friday : Wind



I lived in Belgium when I was a kid, and I remember gusts of wind that were so powerful, they would practically lift you up off your feet. The above picture is what I hoped would happen in those instances.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

The Ghost Story


This is an illustration I finished today for an early reader:

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Watch : The Great Pumpkin


This is a nicely done flash-animated version of "The Great Pumpkin". I looooove Halloween and Autumn. I'm eating this stuff up :0)

Monday, October 16, 2006

Friday, October 13, 2006

I Must Have Missed the Memo..



Okay, I've been bouncing back and forth between cold press and hot press for years. I found the hot press had the smoothness I wanted, but was TOO smooth, which caused puddling with large washes. Cold press had the texture that I wanted, but was too rough (plus some publishers don't like scanning it). Of course all along, there was an in between paper that contained all I dreamed of, and I had no idea it existed. Thanks to my blogger buddies for recommending it, because it has changed my enjoyment of the creation process dramatically. I'm not fighting with the paper any more. I'm deeply in love with Fabriano Soft Press.

Two thumbs way up!

Fabriano

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Step By Step : Skateboarder


When other artists put step-by-step photos in their blogs, I just eat it up. I always find it exciting and inspiring to see how someone works. So here is my own version.

This illustration is from a skateboarding dog idea that just popped in my head out of nowhere. I basically rushed to my desk and drew it out directly on the watercolor paper without any thumbnails etc. Athough, I will go the thumbnail route with illustrations that involve a lot of details or contain subjects I find difficult to draw (bikes -argh!!).

A Pig's Tail


This is an illustration from a picture book manuscript I wrote. I've mostly been experimenting with what the characters look like, after which I'll dummy the book and post some of those sketches/layouts here. I'm really-REALLY-really excited about this story! Wish me luck :0)

Monday, October 09, 2006