This was an example sketch for someone else who was interested in my work for a children’s book.
So, you’ve heard I’m illustrating a children’s book, right? Well, today is day one of being able to work on my illustrations full-time and I’m doing some very important research, as you can see, as well as lots and lots of drawing.
I love that I get to look at children’s books and call it work!
The style I’m doing these illustrations in are in the style of Bill Peet (per request from the author). Honesty, I didn’t know who Bill Pete was until I was offered this illustration job, but I’ve loved studying his work. Apparently he did a lot of work for Disney as well as writing and illustrating many of his own books, as seen above. His style is similar to mine (or maybe mine is similar to his) and I can’t wait until I’m able to start inking some of the sketches I’ve done.
However, after sketching all morning and some this afternoon, I’m now in a lull as I wait for my drawings to be approved, or suggestions be made for an edit. I’ve really enjoyed working on this book so far and the guy I’ve been working with has been really positive about what I’ve submitted so far.
Can’t wait for you all to see what I’ve done, but you’ll just have to wait.
Until next time!
My completed Winnie the Pooh drawing/painting done in ink and watercolor.
And, in other news, this might be the last drawing I post for awhile. It won’t be for lack of drawing, I assure you. I was just offered a job doing illustrations for a children’s book!
So, if you don’t see me for awhile, I’ll be in my room, at my drawing desk doing nothing but drawing for the next month.
Ink and watercolor.
Pooh Bear was drawn in the illustration style of E. H. Shepard while Christopher Robin was styled after the more recent cartoons. I never like how he looked in the books.
I haven’t been drawing as much as I’ve wanted to lately, which is why I haven’t posted much. Hopefully that will change soon and I can get back to my regular postings. It hasn’t helped that I’ve been doing several projects lately that have taken me longer to do. Here’s the latest addition, a commissioned cat portrait for a friend.
The Hobbit is one of my all time favorite stories. I’ve drawn this image before, of the dwarves hats hanging in a line on the pegs after they arrived, unexpectedly, at Bilbo’s house, but it was a long time ago, and my sister suggested I draw it again, so I did.
“Now we are all here!” said Gandalf, looking at the row of thirteen hoods – the best detachable party hoods – and his own hat hanging on the pegs.
- The Hobbit
And, I’ve posted this picture before, but for anyone who wants a comparison without scrolling through a ton of posts, this was the drawing I did before. I believe I was thirteen when I drew it.
Hey guys! It’s been awhi… I mean, a few days. I’ve been working on something and haven’t had anything new to post so I’ve been silent for a little. I still don’t have anything done yet, but I was asked the other day about how I combine water color pencils with regular colored pencils in my work, so I though I take you all through a little bit of my drawing process. It’s really not complicated, but maybe a little confusing to tell with just words, so I added pictures. This will also give you a glimpse at what I’m working on that’s taking me so long to get done.
Whenever I first start working on a picture, I begin with a sketch. Once I get a composition I like, I turn that sketch into a line drawing, as seen below.
Once I’m sure I have everything where I want it, I then transfer the line drawing onto the actually paper I’m going to be using for the finished work. The paper I’m using in this project (and for most of my projects) is a drawing paper, but it also supports wet mediums, like water color. I love it because it lets me mix mediums quite easily without the paper curing up on me.
To transfer the work, I tape down the line drawing where I want it on my paper then lay a piece of transfer paper beneath.
Then begins the tedious work of redrawing (or tracing) everything I just did to get it onto the paper.
With the lines all drawn, I can begin painting. There are several techniques to using water color pencils, but I find I like this way the best. Using a scrap piece of thick paper, I fill in a section with the water color pencils.
I can then transfer the water color pencils to the paper using water and a brush, the thick paper acting as my painters pallet. (Doing this reminds me of those coloring books with the paints stuck to each page I used to do as a child.)
I then fill in the sections I want colored later. Here I’m laying brown down for a wood surface.
The paint dries very quick (which is good because I’m impatient) and I’m able to draw on it fairly soon after I’m done, using regular colored pencils for what will actually be seen.
I used to just use colored pencils alone, but after struggling with the little white dots that were all over the paper, I began using water colors sort of like a background beneath everything else. They help illuminate the white spots (or at least darken them) and I don’t have to fuss so long with my work.
Anyway, that’s pretty much what I do. I’m hoping to have my picture done sometime today or tomorrow to show you all the finished work! Don’t worry, it’s a lot further along than the last picture, though it still has a little ways to go.