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Friday, August 10, 2012

Book Character imerged at home...

A bit of a re-post, with today's updates...

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My 8 month old pup is resembling one of the main characters in a recent children's book that I illustrated "The Big Bad Rain Monster".  It is a sweet tale of a family banning together to help one overcome their fear.  Well my baby has discovered The Big Bad Rain Monster is alive and well in SW FL.

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Bonnie Blu, will not leave my side as the Thunder storm rolls through... just like Lady in  The Big Bad Rain Monster.  Jeralyn and I were excited to hear that we were awarded a 5 star review out of 5 stars too, a Clarion Gold Seal.  For more on that honor you may read the review 

You may enjoy seeing the references for these illustrations, and below a bit of re-post on the start to finish aspect of taking ideas to a finish piece of work.  Here are the authors Jeralyn's two that you will see characters of in the book... 

this the setting and cover inspiration too

And as I often share in the classroom we are blessed to be able to learn from the masters... one of my favorite Illustrators, NC Wyeth influenced my illustrations with one of my all time favorite illustrations, The Giant, where NC used his own family and children as the models. Below is a bit of my re-post sharing the start to finish, of idea to thumbnail, to layout, to painting, to finish.  You may also order your personalized hardcover of this book directly from me too, a paypal button is below.

START...To Finish...

Thumbnail Cover Design

To Scale Layout Sketch
Start to Finish?  "Where do I begin, start?" Is often a question heard from students.  Or...... as we really WORK IT the details and composition.... sometimes the why we 'started' the painting gets blanketed over with overworking.

Start   To   Finish.  Easier said than done.  That is why its a class have been teaching for years... with the idea of truly taking inspiration from its start, to a finished work of art. Where do we Start.... a scene, a theme, a child's precious smile... a heirloom keepsake, a illustration... WHAT are you hoping to 'say'.

This an example of an 'illustration' literally.  A Big Bad Rain Monster?  What does that look like.... for a children's picture book.  I remember being told when illustrating... the words should connect a word picture in 5 seconds.

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Do you need that same impact with your drawing or painting?
What inspired you to make that sketch?  What inspired that sketch into a painting? Sometimes it truly is just the desire to 'render'... to perfect a fabrics drape, a hips angle, a eyes twinkle, a hands embrace....

Sometimes the start is simply a color theory exercise, or the particular hours effects of light on a beloved subject.  Even a sketch in your sketch book, will reflect 'good draftsmanship'

  A doodle, a sketch, a painting? All of these can be worked together for your finished work of art too.

You may enjoy seeing what the first thumbnail here turned into...This image from when just received the proof  in the mail.  

  For a personalize hardcover copy of this book directly from me to you it is available with the secure link below to Pay Pal.  Add in your special instructions at Pay Pal how you would like it signed, and yes please be sure to include your shipping information too.  The book in Paperback version is also available at Amazon  and many other avenues.  You can only purchase the Hardcover from myself or Jeralyn the author.  It will take possibly 2 weeks for delivery of the hardback, each copy is ordered special for you. The price is 25 dollars plus 5 dollars for shipping and handling if ordering directly from me...If you have any questions, please feel free to email too. Link is to the left.   

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