I used to think that illustrations just “happened” the first time pen or pencil was set down on paper. I’ve since learned that many ideas, sketches and attemps leads to a satisfying image. I thought I would share my process of this little painting of Jody and Flag from the Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, 1938.
Several little scraps tracing paper, ink experiments and notes are always scattered around the art table.
This is my submission to the SCBWI Tomie dePaola contest. Check out the submission gallery for many great black & white illustrations from The Yearling, Little Women and Tom Sawyer by SCBWI members.
First painting for an idea brewing. I’m also, working with my SCBWI mentor to develop visual story telling. I love when my idea cauldron is bubbling. The fire was cold for a few weeks, but I’ve learned that the coolness is part of the creative process and as much as I don’t like it, I accept it.
I’m off and running on my SCBWI Mentor Program assignments. I’m so excited and fortunate to be working with Deborah Nourse Lattimore. At our Tahoe Retreat one-on-one, me and Deborah set up some assignments for the next six months. Get to know three animals really well with a pencil. Here is the first.
It just so happens that the Illustration Friday Prompt is “sight”.
ThinkArt challenges Nevada Artists with projects of many kinds. The most recent one is to re-illustrate the covers of the Harry Potter series. I was randomly given book two The Chamber of Secrets. The only restriction was to use the original Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling font. The art is pencil on Aquabee Charcoal Paper. Text was drawn and added in Photo Shop.
A quick tour through pencil thoughts arriving at the final art.
Thank you to Dinh, Elaine, Pablo, Brian, Liz, Jessica, Evan and Jimmy for your critique, support and guidance. This was really fun (not easy) to work through.
In 1967 I read a novel,Rascal, by Sterling North. I wrote my usual book report and I got a bright, although not new, idea. What if I drew a picture of the raccoon on the cover? It wasn’t long before I had my classmates asking me to draw images on their report covers. My fifth grade illustration business was born and I was paid in ice cream currency. I’ve rekindled my love of of the story and am taking on the images that come to me now.