Wednesday, March 02, 2011

"Swarm" Illustration Friday- "Look Before you Leap"

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Final!!!


Here's my Illustration Friday painting for the topic "Swarm". It's done in pastel pencil with the blue background photoshopped in. The first thing I thought of when brainstorming what to illustrate for this week was my son's dilemma about not wanting to get on the school bus when he was little! Any mother with this problem will tell you it's not fun. Anyway, the whole process terrified him until he finally got used to it and made some new friends on the bus. Believe me everyone got to know him with all of the crying and were actually quite helpful in soothing him and offering their help, so sweet! In a crazy kind of way I miss that whole stage. He's 8 now and wants to be Derek Jeter so who knows what the future holds. I figured I would apply my experience to a little baby bee not wanting to join the "swarm" like all the other kids with it's mother coaxing him to participate. Hope you enjoy!! Note: 

25 comments:

  1. Hi giselle, long time, eh? This came out really cute and I love the sentement behind it. That being said I have a couple of suggestions. You might want to change the focus of his eyes towards the swarm so there's the connection made about why he's so nervous. Also , to reinforce the idea that that's a bee swarm even more,you could add some actual bees being visable in the swarm, maybe one looking back at him waving him on. Other than those little picky things, this is turning out to be a great portfolio piece! I have done a few things lately, if you want a look, you can hop over to my blog. Feel free to leave a comment about anything. I would welcome your opinion! I am so glad to see you working in children's illustration again. Great job!!!

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  2. Hi Deborah, thanks. I'll check out your blog too!

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  3. I love the expression on the little bee's face..!

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  4. Thanks! I was hoping to get that "OMG not the bus again look" on my little guy's face I used to see so often.

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  5. Hey Giselle! This is fantastic. I love your characters! I just finished a kid’s book about bees.... your characters would have fit right in :o) Great expression too!

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  6. Hi Jack,

    Thanks for stopping by! Glad you like the piece.Saw your books on your web, look adorable.

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  7. So sweet, love this illustration. My one son starts kindergarten in the fall, I fear I will be the one doing the c rying though!

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  8. Awe, it is tough to see them off and almost more tough when they happily wave goodbye like my older son did! It's all good in the end though. Thanks for the feedback!

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  9. Speedy, buisy bees. great illo! baby-children-adults in a moment guys, and poor moms... they are so special but we have no time enough to love their speciality. work together, learn together, sport together, and so on. it is very difficult question. Hungarians are really bad in teamwork, because we don't have idea and solution for the "noswarmers", and we try to force the rules without integration or accept individuality of children. sorry, my English is bad.

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  10. Giselle - love those bees - great job. It's so good to see you doing childrens illustrations again. Your blog is looking awesome. You go girl!

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  11. Hey thanks Chris! Illustration Friday is a great motivator.

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  12. Poor little bee. Mom is optimistic, though! She knows he can do it. I love her encouraging gesture. I also like the way you depicted the speed of the swarming bees. Lovely illustration!!

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  13. thanks so much Ann Marie, I had a lot of fun making this one.

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  14. I like the new one. Looks great, looks cute with the text too.

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  15. Giselle,
    This cracks me up!! All the bee expressions and movement are perfect! All your work is wonderful. I especially like the witches—I live in Salem and if we had more like yours, October might even be fun here.

    I'm so glad you left a comment on my blog, brought me here. Thank you for that and subscribing! Only disappointing thing ... your son's love for the dark side and Derek Jeter... He's eight, I guess I can forgive him... tee hee... Go Red Sox! I'm married to a fanatic who's counting the days to Opening day at Fenway, Boston-New York, April 8th. I think getting him to not watch baseball is like getting your son on the bus. Lots of tears. Thank you for the smile!

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  16. Thanks Missy. I feel much better now that it actually looks like a swarm! I don't know what i was thinking. My daughter told me the original looked like a spout of water shooting out and by golly now that I look at it she was right. The girl tells it like it is.

    Penelope you're too funny. Sorry about the dark side- I secretly could take it or leave it- baseball, not fast enough for me- much too slooooow. I must say though watching Pettitte made it easier (shh). Anyway, saw your beautiful website and loved it!

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  17. This is lovely. It can seem so wild and fast paced out there, no wonder it is hard for all our little baby bee's to take that first step. My baby bee starts school soon, shes excited its mummy that needs to take a big breath and get ready for that first step.. :-)

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  18. Wonderful work Giselle. I love your banner, reminds me of the critique discussions that we had as it grew. Your blog is a treat! Thanks so much for sharing the process.

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  19. Thanks ladies!. Hi Janet, thanks for stopping by. Hope your little bee has a smooth start. It's always the hardest for the parents. I don't think it was as hard on me because my cryer was number 4. Let me tell you though it still joked me up to send him off. Mothering is never easy!
    Ginger it's been a while right, goodness how time flies. Thanks so much for dropping in. I'm off to scan this week's IF piece I did for "Warning" topic so I can post it.

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