With all the holidays recently, there's been very little time to actually start and finish bigger projects. I've found this quick doodle daily the best way to get in there, even on the most humdrum of days.
I haven't finished yet for the week. I decided to tackle a boy and a girl over the next few weeks, along with animals. Molly - I've experimented with ages, and hair styles, roundness of the face vs a more narrow look. The more I draw here, the easier it's becoming...
Genders and races are really important for my portfolio, so I'm practicing, practicing, practicing!
Last week was book cover for the 52-week illustration challenge. What fun. I landed up making up a tall tale about a Vegas/Miami car dealer named Flamingo Frank... he was a hit! The second was a take on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice... needless to say, it was a great challenge and much enjoyment was had. The great thing was seeing it reach the 52-week illustration challenge website...
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I spent a lovely day at the beach today - ideas bouncing around in my head... I came up with a few concepts for a puzzle book based on some of the games my son played... we both enjoy the maze action, so I think a maze or two would be really fun, along with matching shells, animals and sea sports/activities...
So, to the next part - characters in action. Doodle Day has been a challenge for the past two weeks - a character a week. Although I draw loads of heads, I often never follow through with the character. Although, this really depends on the use of the character. I've returned to a visual diary months later and found the mugshot I need for inspiration (see very below image: a thumbnail drawn on the train for 'Mrs' inspiration has lead to a series of family portraits).
'mrs' Mrs in action
Thumbnail sketch done on the train..
Very much works in progress and very much evolving as a story... we have Mr, Mrs, Mme, Lde, and Sir... I think. Ultimately, this started as an exercise in technique and has continued for a week now. Something's channeling me, and I really need to get back to my original story... leprechauns and tooth fairies!
So I always need to challenge myself... or motivate... not quite sure which - they seem so closely linked. With a deadline for the Sydney SCBWI conference about 10 weeks away, time to start the postings...
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.