Monday, July 30, 2007

An illo from downunder!

Hi Girls!

Something fresh at last you say right? Feels good to work on another illo finally. Being the slow poke of the group I actually feel proud to have finished my tedious reworking of last week's piece and also being able to come up with one of the final illo's. The one pictured above is, of course, where granny is being saved by the huntsman. I tried to give it a humorous feel so I hope I pulled it off. She's supposed to be really scared stuck down there in the wolf's belly but not scary to our tiny readers. I tested it on my 4 and 6 year olds, Graig and Evan, and they thought it was really funny. I'm happy about that but they're related so it really doesn't count! I could not bring myself to show any "body parts or persons" actually being pulled out of the wolf's mouth or swallowed by the wolf from a far, thus in the piece below you see the huntsman merely prying the mouth open only suggesting the violent act that's about to take place, I think the former would have been too scary.

On the piece below, which you've seen about 20 revisions for, I adjusted Red's eyes so they are more focused on the struggle and changed the huntsman's left hand again. Also added the kicked over stool to add more movement and lengthened the entire piece. Seems like I work backwards though. I start a piece and I always go bigger outside the boundaries of the paper for some reason and then have to physically add a larger paper behind it so that I can add everything I want to it. I then have to scan and blend the whole mess together in photoshop. I guess I have to start on a huge piece of paper so I won't go off the edges. Let me know your thoughts. Your feedback is invaluable!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Reworking Old and New Rough

New expression on Mr. Huntsman above.

Get granny out too!!!!

Hi girls,

I wish I had finished these a bit more before posting but I'm off to do a community project with a group of teens at our local library and I just plain ran out of time. Anyway, I'm trying to soften the look of Mr. Huntsman here. Before he had a more angry scary kind of expression which I think Gina you were right about being too much for the industry. I'm attempting thus to make him look like he's saying "OUCH" because he's feeling the wolf's teeth on his index finger poking him and he's totally perplexed with regard to the situation he's in mind you. Don't know if I've pulled it off yet but you'll let me know. Have a lot more work to do on his eyebrows/expression that I know. Then the next piece I started is where Little Red has just told him to "Get my granny out too!!!" after he's pulled little red out of the wolf's belly. Lots to do on this one too. Let me know your thoughts.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Back from the beach

Hi girls,

Even though I'm missing the sound of the ocean every morning while drinking my cup of coffee on the balcony of my little condo with Isabella Allende's latest novel "Zorro" in hand mind you, I love being home and getting back into the groove of things. I haven't yet done any grooving with my sketch pad and pencil but I'm getting there. Got my two little men off to camp this morning and the two bigs ones up at least by 11:00!! Hope to get one of the 3 last illo's I have to do or redo for my book dummy done for next Monday. Enjoy your week and the warm weather.