(The above animals are part of a fun office scene I did recently for a greeting card company.)
I don't think I have a favorite animal I like to draw. Sometimes a particular animal will be more challenging for me (e.g. the mole; the monkey), and when personifying animals, it can be difficult to figure out how to handle things like hooves and tails. I had fun with the above project, though, using a loose line in a cartoon style.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
When I'm going to make an illustration I often start with a lot of quick sketches just get the feel for how the idea is going to work out and to figure out the composition. Last week I drew a ballerina. I made several quick pencil sketches to see different positions and dresses, and then I decided to go with one of them - and inked it so it would stand out from the rest of the sketches. I traced my sketch in Adobe illustrator and added some texture and shadows in Corel Painter to finish the illustration.
Monday, February 1, 2010
I found a lot of inspiration in January.
1. Working with a new medium. Starting to work digital made me want to create lots and lots of illustrations all day long.
2. The Gruffalo. I love the book, so I was excited to see the animated film. It turned out to be a great film! You can't miss this video where illustrator Axel Scheffler talks about his earliest Gruffalo sketches! Very inspiring.
3. Another film. I finally saw Mamma Mia! Beautiful location, great colors and lots of joy. It really made me look forward to springtime.