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.
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.
I’ve been to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico twice and each time is an enchantment. This summer Literally Letters features some awesome calligraphy instructors, but I’ll draw your attention to Carol Pallesen of the Silent Hand Scriptorium, Reno, Nevada.
I’ve known Carol for many years and have taken classes from her for about ten. I’ll tell you that her teaching style is second to none. She’s taught nationally and internationally, but I’m so fortunate to have her right here where I live. She is knowledgable, prepared, patient, persistent and delightful. Her class materials are always ready for the student without much preparation so the intended project can get underway. This summer Carol is teaching Italic Calligraphy and Tiny Writing. Both classes are wonderful and in a setting like Ghost Ranch, no student will be disappointed and will come away with so much more than expected.
Abiquiu is an easy drive from Albuquerque and not far from Santa Fe or Taos for day trips.
Here are some memories from my last visit to the Land of Enchantment where Georgia O’Keeffe lived and painted till the end of her days.
Instructor Carol Pallesen seated bottom row, left.
Staying up all night to work on your art is always an option.
A view from the classroom in the morning. Panoramic vistas don’t get more beautiful than this! And there is coffee if you chose to stay up into the wee hours and collaborate with fellow artists and students.
Some of the awesome temporary art that can be experienced.
And this sunset plays nightly over the interesting rock formations to be found on the property. Here is Chimney Rock as viewed from the calligraphy classroom. So now are you convinced to sign up?