Snow White Illustration: SCBWI Winter Conference 2014

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”.

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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.

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Final Illustration for Oryx Magazine: Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece, an illustration for Oryx Magazine featuring Romvis street, Pure Bliss cafe, Filema Tavern, Baba au Rum, Faust Theatre Bar, St. Irene’s Square, Throubi Bar and Kostas’ Souvlaki.

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This is the last illustration I will have the pleasure of doing for Oryx Magazine. Like many periodicals, they are moving less in the direction of illustration and more towards photography. It was a great pleasure working with Steve Peaple, Lindy Polmeer, and Rachel Smith over the past three years (that’s a long haul guys, thanks!) and hopefully I will get the chance to work with them at Agencyfish in the future. Click on images to enlarge, a few close-ups are below.

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The Acropolis, which I could not resist inserting!

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Kostas’ Souvlaki is located a few streets away. Delicious souvlaki!

France Sketches: Étangs de Commelle

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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.

Fall sketches: Pumpkin and Pomegranate

I’m sure I’ll have drawings of tasty turkey next week, but in the meantime–gourd! I love the twisty stems on mini-pumpkins. I love the voluptuous colors of pomegranates. Yellow flowers, eh, well, they’re ok I guess. 🙂

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Happy Thanksgiving one and all, enjoy this time with your loved ones.

Frankfurt, Germany: revisited

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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Please click to enlarge.

Here are a few close ups, one of Brückenstraße and the other of a sunbather in Niederrad.

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The original version can be seen here.