Friday, October 19, 2007

More Dummy Pages

As I've worked through this recent dummy book, I've started to become more aware of where the horizon line is located. Even with smaller spots it can have a huge impact. For instance, I drew the left spot image several times and could not figure out why I didn't like each version. Was it the way the person was sitting? The monkey? I couldn't put my finger on it. Finally, I moved the horizon line down, redrew the bench and the way the man would be sitting at the new perspective and suddenly the entire illustration improved. It was well worth taking the time to solve this problem, instead of winging it and moving on to the next image, because I've learned something new and important that I can add to the tool box.

An artist that's very talented at applying different angles and perspective is Mark Teague. His compositions flow like silk across the page and the fact that he is self-taught is even more amazing. I first discovered his work when I saw his One Halloween Night (not a big fan of this new addition and format) book on the sale rack. I had never seen anything like it before, and was so excited I couldn't sleep that night. He really made you feel like you were in the worlds he created--what a concept!


Eric Orchard said...

These are great! Thank you so much for sharing this process, I'm learning a lot.

Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

Hi Paige, love seeing these things. Don't know how it looked before with the different horizon but now it lookes good to me. Thanks for sharing these things, we get to learn from it.
I checked Mark Teague and you are right, his perspective is very different and it looks amazing. Love it, how you feel like you are lying on the floor looking at the characters. Its great!

Ginger*:)* said...

These are great dummy sketches. Each one you have shown is wonderful. I can see the thought process going on here and it is like looking over your
shoulder while you work. This one is great!
Thanks for taking the time to share. Actually from whatever angle you show your gentleman on the bench he looks just right.