The above is a little line sketch I did, with the objects colorized in yellow, using monochromatic values and hues. I changed up the backgrounds, though, trying some patterns and different colors to see how it would look. A fun little excercise.
My struggles with yellow are in that I tend to go 'green' with it. Someone pointed that out to me many, many years ago, saying that art directors get testy when one's yellow takes on a green tone. I've always remembered that, yet I still struggle with that aspect of working with the color.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
The kids in my illustrations usually looks about 5-7 years old. I made an effort in this illustration to make the kids look a bit older. Closer to 10 years old. I think it's difficult to draw older kids. Maybe I just need to practice it more...
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
This week we're talking about what color palettes we use and do we have a favorite, etc. I can't say that I have a "favorite" palette but I do use some colors consistently in my illustrations. I like to use pinks/oranges, blues/purples as a highlight, particularly the pink and blue shown in the drawing of a dragon, below. I sometimes do a lot of blending and building up of color on my drawings using a digital chalk brush in Painter X. I'll layer very light colors and top off middle-grounds with a pink. Shadows I top off with blue. I feel it gives it a warmth that I won't get if I just use a darker color of whatever the base color is I'm highlighting/shading.
I also like to experiment with using a mono-chromatic scheme (below). It pushes me to think outside of my comfort zone and try something new. Here, I've used the same dragon image from above, but used a mono-chromatic scheme in a yellow-green.
Monday, May 5, 2008
I thought it would be fun to see everybody's favorite color palette, so that's the topic this week. When I look at my illustrations, I love the pieces that has green and blues as the main colors, like this one. I use a lot of bright, warm colors - and I love all kinds of green with yellow in it.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
I just finished reading a book about the master of facial expressions, Normal Rockwell. I have this painting of his hanging in my studio for inspiration. When I was a kid the phone company used this same piece on the cover of the telephone book (although, I'm pretty sure it was originally published as a Post cover). I remember spending a lot of time studying all the faces. I didn't know who Norman Rockwell was but I was drawn to all the animated faces, I can almost hear that guy at the bottom guffawing. Hmmm, I wonder if my parents were ever concerned that their kid spent hours staring at the phone book?