Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Picture Book Update - pages 6-12

This week we get even more picture book drawings. Hooray! This should be the last set of pencil sketches, so next picture book update should have some watercolor on it.

I'm trying a bit of a different format today, combining text and illustrations. So here's pages 6-12

There were chairs again, topped abandoned trumpets and clarinets. One even had a bass clarinet.

But no Amalie.

He looked by the swirling-tubed french horns and spindly trombones. He even checked behind the tympani.

But still no Amalie.

Where was she?

Tired of searching, Maas settled next to the tuba and blinked back tears. Where was Amalie?

Slowly, Maas drifted into sleep. He dreamed he was chasing Amalie through the pages of a concerto.

He woke suddenly when someone picked him up.

“There you are, you silly kitty.”

It was Amalie!

“I’m so glad I finally found you!” she told him, scratching his ears.

Maas was glad too.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Picturebook Update - pages 1-5

This week I have some drawings in the new style for the picture book. They'll eventually be in pen and watercolor. :)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

3D and Acrylics- Pinewood Derby Cars

Title: Pinewood Derby Cars
Size: 7 by 1 and 3/4 inches
My little brothers have a pinewood derby coming up and asked for help designing and painting their cars. The ideas behind the two cars were "Gryffindor" and "Yellow and green with swirls". I don't normally work in acrylics, but I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoied them (and how quickly they dried). It was a lot of fun to work on a project with my little brothers, using their suggestions and efforts to make something cool, and now I'm hoping I get more opportunities to collaborate on projects. :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Mixing Mediums - Vin with Soonie Cub

Title: Soonie Cub
Size: 11 by 6 inches
Here's a fun little piece I did. It features little Vin cuddling a giant stuffed dog (which happens to be named TenSoon). This piece is watercolor outlined in pen with a bit of colored pencil on top for texture. I wanted to try something a little different for this piece, so I used more muted colors and took out the background using pixlr. :)

Friday, November 6, 2015

Picturebook -- Kitten Concept

This week I've worked on my kitten character for my picturebook, as I realized that my previous style may have been overly complicated. Also, I wasn't really sure what color my kitten even was.

Title: Kitten Concepts
So my first sketch shows a simplified kitten. Soon that progresses to several simpler kittens.

After that there was the matter of color. I decided to go with coloring for a Siamese/Maine Coon Cat mix. My final color concept is on a cat that's a bit too old to be the hero of our story, but I feel I've finally nailed down the look (color, fur length, etc.) that I've been looking for. :)