most definitely a work in Progress!
I jumped on a train down to Ipswich this morning for day 1 of a 2 day 'creatives' workshop as part of the StoryArts Festival Ipswich Weekend Workshops...
Today I attended a workshop being held by illustrator Sarah Davis, working through the '3d' of children's illustrated books. Sets, characters, sculpy and 'hits and misses'. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, and have a new found respect for illustrators working in this medium, like Sarah. What it did bring home for me today, was the level of proficiency you need in not just one medium but in a variety of media... something Sarah clearly has mastered across all her styles and projects. What a wonderful day!
As you see, it's pretty rough, but I made great 'headway' with understanding the nature of the medium, which is key to its success (or mine). Unfortunately 'Der Herr' lost an ear, which I glued back on for the purpose of the photo... and of course, he needs hair...
The challenge here is actually to have the creature captured by the child... that's still to come for this one...
Whilst this one, is well and truly captured...
So, I had a really interesting talk to the Artist (with a capital 'A') behind the counter at the art shop on Wednesday. I found out all sorts of interesting points. I've been using my ink pencils wrong... I'm rotting the wood, which is why I thought they were so rubbish. They're not. Not at all, in fact, now that I have the blocks, it's been FABULOUS to just 'play'. I'm checking out my papers too.. Artist (with a capital 'A') showed me the difference between using inktense blocks on watercolour paper - the best you can get - and printing (litho) paper, about 320gsm. WOWOWOW! Revelations!
So, to said Artist - with a CAPTIAL A - this week you changed my workflow... more playing to come! As my friend pointed out on facebook - play play experiment and then play some more... I have really just been controling the colour through line, but now, it's experimenting with textures, waterbottles and straws time!
What you do when the week of posting went out the window by Tuesday.... you post them all together!
My imaginary 'friend'
Hide and Seek
Ironically, this has been a particularly popular post... hmmm, wonder why???? Do we like gingerbread men, do we not want to see said gingerbread man eaten? Or are we cheering for the baker???
Actually, I find working with perspective after doing a whole bunch of 3d AUTOCAD work pretty therapeutic. You can make it up, distort, re-detail on the fly, and you don't have to worry about 'realism'. Of course the one caveat/disadvantage to this, is no undo button.
Unfortunately because of my commitment to the 3d at the moment, I never got to finish these, which isn't great. I am going to try to finish the imaginary architecture one, but as with everything, stand in line I say....
Have you read a book with a buddy lately?
One of my favorites for the day... other than the giraffe's arm looking out of place on the right hand side of the book... easy enough to re-do before colouring...
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.