Thursday, May 19, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016
I found this awesome TED talk and had to share it with you all. It's about an artist who developed a shake in his hand and couldn't control his pencil. At first he thought it ended his art career, but then he learned to embrace the shake and it launch a whole new way of creating art and of looking at creativity for him. Truly inspirational!
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Sorry I have been absent for a while. Life got really busy:) Here is a video of this year's Children's Book Fair in Bologna Italy. It took place at the end of March. This is my aspiration...to one day go to this book fair and better yet, to one day have my art there! This video shows how artists leave their work for others to discover. So much FUN!
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
This week I returned to a project that I have shared with you before. It's my Fox Went Out On A Chilly Night picture book project that is part of my thesis project at the Academy of Art University. I want to add another three paintings to this project by Mothers day! I'll post my progress so you can hold me to my deadline:) I find a deadline always helps me and accountability to others as well, so it's up to you to keep me on track!
You can see here the beginning of my work on this painting. In the top picture you can see my storyboard on the bottom of the pile of papers. These are my original thoughts on what should be on each page. Then you can see some of the photo references I used to create the painting I am working on. This painting is the last page of the book where all the fox, his wife and all their kits are fast asleep in their den as winter snows cover the land. I use prima color markers to do a value study thinking about the previous paintings I have done and my focal point. Sometimes the prisma color markers don't have the right values that I am looking for and her is a case in point. I wanted the tree to be the darkest value, but this value study it is a little too dark, so in my color study I adjusted the value as you can see below.
I felt that the too dark tree against the light background brought your eye away from the subject of the foxes, so I lighten the tree and put more emphasis on the foxes by playing with cool versus warm colors to bring your eye to the focal point. I think it reads better now, what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below:)
Sunday, March 20, 2016
When I looked at the calendar for my next obscure holiday to illustrate I found two! Today is both International Earth Day and Extraterrestrial Abductions Day. The juxtaposition of the two holidays demanded that I put them both in one illustration. So here it is....Earth being abducted by aliens!
Let me know what you think in the comments section:)