Something I've always been ultra passionate about, children's illustration...I am finally 'affording' myself the time to perfect a technique that serves my drawing style well.
I have sketch book upon sketchbook, with illustrations specifically for the kids. My passion is to tell a story in a drawing and often I don't feel my technique stands the test of 'children'. Being around children more than ever these days, I feel inspired to revisit this part of my creative work.
I began by investigating artists work I am inspired by, such as Joanne Thomas, Alicia Padron, Patrice Barton, Lynne Chapman, Tiffany Vargh and others. Sometimes it's just the style I'm drawn to, and other times it's their process. Shoo Rayner videos on watercolour got me going back on the watercolour theme, although I've been experimenting in acryclic of late.
I also have many writer/illustrators I read regularly, including the Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, Maurice Sendak books. Aah just wonderful.
With a little inspiration, a little weekend time, and a lot of reference, I started my illustrations... I still need to do much research, because I saw from the process, much effort and review and creative give and take, goes into a children's book.
Line and wash does seem very popular for children's illustration so I investigated artists online who discuss the 'how'. I took a sketch and redrew on tracing paper as a start point. I also had a chance to review my line work before committing.
The last one is always the best... so I'm showing the last painting first.
The theme was an Autumn day, so I didn't want the colours to be overly sombre, but I did want Autumn colour and elements to be there - such as leaves and wind.
The second style focusses more on texture, which works very well too....
The final style is ink line and then paint. This is a simpler style and will rely a little on photoshop to bring to life.
I still need a fair bit of research to do, and practice practice practice! I'm practicing on a fairly expensive paper which is in large sheets I cut down. I can't be precious with the illustrations at the moment, but I do want to experiment on good papers using good brushes, because that's how I get used to a medium....
Work in progress :)
On Saturday I joined a group of artists and Ron McBurnie for an introduction into the use of basic line etching using hard ground on copper plates.
Throughout the day we were introduced to the art of dry point etching, as well as other techniques. We experimented on copper - drawing, etching and printing from the copper plate.
We were introduced to the works of Townsville based printmaker Ron McBurnie, currently on show at SLQ.
The course was presented by Impress Printmakers, which is a contemporary printmaking facility in South East Queensland bringing fresh direction into our creative community.
I have completed the illustration for the dog - I wanted to keep the feeling friendly, warm and 'loyal'.
Compelling composition and perspective is key with an animal in action.
The original photo had great focal depth, I just didn't want to keep as much distortion, so I worked certain areas of the photo, such as lessening the perspecive on the ears.
Tone and texture - key for any animal drawing because of all the fur, and smooth areas. Because I intended the final piece to be coloured and on a dark background, I worked the drawing more with line than blending, using the tortillion.
This drawing style is to be used on on animal food labels, so I wanted to make sure it was a style I could keep 'constant. Below is a work in progress.
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.