We made it to the top of the roof! Just in time to watch the sun set. Gosh…now how do we get down?
Continuing my little daydream about chasing a rabbit over the rooftops of Paris, this is what happens after you work up the courage to jump out that window!
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In the following few illustrations I’ve done, I’ve been paying more attention to the edges–it’s a opportunity to make things interesting!
Karen contacted me for a very special Father’s Day commission for a trio of lovely individuals: her husband, son, and their beagle. Her son adores his daddy, and loves the romping outdoorsy aspect of summer. I think we have a farmer on our hands with his love for daddy’s ‘tractor’ (Lawnmower) and barns! I produced 3 roughs for Karen to choose from, below.
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She went with one of the more fantastical ones, much to my delight!
Here are a few close-ups:
Thank you, Karen! What a wonderful family you have!
I really enjoyed SCBWI Winter conference 2014! Informative, inspiring, and fun. Will do again! Below is my illustration for the Illustrators Intensive on Friday, a ‘fresh, personal take on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”.
The feedback I got was that the left and right edges were a missed opportunity to make it more interesting. In addition, the anatomy needs to be improved on the huntsman’s left arm, wrist, and hand. I also completely missed the shadow on all of that area; compare it to the rifle and whoa, what was I thinking? Lastly, I need to work some other aspects of the story in to make sure it reads ‘Snow White’, as opposed to ‘Young girl with black hair sitting in a field looking worried at a tall guy with a rifle’. Any suggestions you’d like to add? You are quite welcome! Please note in the comments.
Below are some close-ups. Click on the image above to see a larger version.
I will be spending this weekend at SCBWI’s Winter conference here in NYC.
As part of the Illustrator’s Intensive on Friday, I’ve brought a personal rendition of a scene from Snow White. Here is one of my roughs, please click to enlarge.
The Étangs de Commelle are a series of large man-made ponds that cascade into one another in the Forest of Chantilly. They are quite beautiful, and were originally built by monks to stock with fish for food (you can still fish in them today). Coincidentally they also happened to be a great spot to corner and drown deer when hunting. I’ll stick to painting them in early September, though, and enjoy walking around them–lovely greens! Near the edge of the last Étang is the Castle of the White Queen, an 11th century (recently remodeled in 1825) luncheon spot for nobility after a hard day of watching your servants and hired hunters chase down and kill a deer.
Another take on the Frankfurt illustration from a few months back. The original version lacked a few places of interest that the publisher wanted highlighted, in addition to some extra locations that really could have been left out. This second version was decided against once the time and cost of re-doing the work proved to be more than ideal. So I finished it anyway and am pleased with the simpler look and gentle colors of it! Turnaround time was 2 days.
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Here are a few close ups, one of Brückenstraße and the other of a sunbather in Niederrad.
The original version can be seen here.