Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Red Riding Hood off to Granny's

Hi everyone,
Seems like Sunday postings have been getting more difficult for all of us in the last couple of weeks. Busy as bees we are!!!!!!! Thank goodness right? Thanks for your suggestions on last weeks wolf illo. Am reworking that one and will post at a later date. For now I wanted to show something new. Anyway, here's another rough sketch from my book dummy. Red Riding Hood is leaving her house here with the basket full of goodies for her granny and saying bye to her mom. I know I'm missing the line between fingers 4 and 5 on the mom's hand. Somehow I erased it when I was cleaning this sketch up in photoshop! Didn 't notice until I posted here. Also I'm planning on incorporating the figure of the wolf within the forest ahead. Not the actual wolf like he would be painted in the story but his image within the foliage and hills as a presence. The viewer sees it but the characters are oblivious. The kind of thing where you don't necessarily see it right away but it is there. I hope I can pull it off. I've begun to sketch the wolf in roughly but will keep him in the background as much as possible so as not to steal too much away from the interaction between Red and her Mom. Let me know your thoughts!!!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Wolf anticipating his next move

Hi Gals,

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Thanks for the feedback for last week's Granny Redo piece. I think I'm on my way to finally finishing this book dummy or at least close! Anyway, the piece above is a couple of pages back in the story from the last two illo's I posted and takes place right before the wolf gets to the window and the dove is screeching close up against the glass. I know I have to show you my layout soon because I'm sure it's a bit confusing to see the images progress out of sequence. I'm kind of scattered that way and the pictures just come out like that in my head! Enough rambling and let me explain further. Here the dove has spotted the wolf outside and is just beginning to panic. I made a close up of the window with him in it so hopefully you can see his reaction pretty clearly. I had a heck of a time getting the wolf to appear clearly enough and distinguish him from the rest of the textures, schrubs,etc. His angle was hard to grasp too and I'm not sure if I've pulled it off? My seventeen yr old son , Tommy, told me he couldn't see the wolf until I pointed him out to him!! God they are so honest!!!! I actually thought I was finished when I did show it to him the first time and his comment made me look again and try working with the textures and shading. You be the judges. Thanks in advance for the feedback.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Redo on Granny Piece

Hi Gals!

Thanks for the feedback on last week's wolf piece. Will definitely work on the eyebrows on both the wolf and the dove to exagerate the expressions more. Great suggestion.
On another note I did some work on the piece below this week to see if I can finally finish up my book dummy and get it out there. Originally I had the wolf right outside Granny's bedroom window (bottom piece)and her resting comfortably in her bed unaware of her fate. In my updated version I've gotten rid of the window and added extra furnishings and have her more involved in the scene. In this later version she's actually calling out to Little Red thinking she's knocking at the door and her dove, Snowy, is tooting and screeching at the window frantic looking at the wolf face to face in the other room (last week's piece)! Let me know your thoughts they are always very helpful!!!

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Monday, January 08, 2007

New Sketch for Little Red Riding Hood Book Dummy

Hi gals,

Glad to see everyone is on here now without any glitches! Sorry I didn't get back to some of you that were having trouble getting your comments on here sooner. I wasn't able to get near my computer the entire weekend with so many family projects going on in my house! My apologies again.
Anyway, this scene takes place when the wolf is right outside Grandma's cottage. The bird you see is named "Snowy". She's Grandma's longtime pet dove that flies freely in and out of her cage as she pleases. She's obviously frantic because of who she sees outside the window! She toots and screeches with all her might but to no avail. Grandma ends up telling the wolf, who she thinks is Little Red, to come right in because she's too tired to get out of bed. Poor thing! Hopefully I'm conveying the idea through this illo. Let me know what you think.
I see lots of beautiful new illo's on here I'm looking forward to critiquing this week. Keep up the pace and the great artwork!! Happy blogging!!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Is it over yet?

Hi Gals,

I'm feeling a bit guilty but maybe you all are thinking the same thing I am- Is the holiday season over yet? Is the season to be "jolly" and "cheerful" at it's end? Don't know about you but I'm kind of "pooped". Our tree is out on the street and everything is packed and put away since Saturday! I guess I don't like it when Xmas gets old. Anyway, I was hoping to have something to post for this week but no goes. I'm going to finish up my critiques and finally get my butt in gear for next Sunday!!!!!!!! Love the way you all have managed to keep going! I know I'll catch up soon enough. Thanks for making comments on my last post. It was good to hear from you. Happy end of the Holiday Season to you all. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! On with the new year.