And… It’s done! A lot of layering work in this project, so it took awhile, but it’s finally finished.
I’m really not a big Disney Princess girl. I’m really not… I don’t really like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, but I do like Beauty and the Beast so this was a fun project to work on.
Also, there’s another story posted on http://whenoceansroar.wordpress.com/ featuring my illustrations, so come check it out!
The results of having nothing to do yesterday. I wanted something to do that would go quickly and ended up doing a rather quick version of Hogwarts done in just ink. I might add color later, but haven’t decided yet.
So, if you guys were wondering what Cupid was about yesterday, I’m going to tell you now.
A friend of mine has just started a new writing blog featuring crazy short stories and my art! http://whenoceansroar.wordpress.com/
There’s currently only one story posted, but more will follow, so come check it out!
I had a little time off again today as I come to the end of my illustration project. (Just four more drawings left to go!) I’m in the final stretch. Somehow, though, this week seems to be going faster as the deadline for the pictures approaches. So close!
Anyway, you’re probably wondering what a cherubim has to do with any of this. Well, it doesn’t really have anything do with it at all. He is, however the start of my next little project which I’ll let you know about in a day or so when it’s ready. Keep a look out.
Today I had some free time to work on some of my own art. I didn’t get very far, but it was nice being able to draw without needing permission before continuing on with a piece. I don’t know when I’ll have a chance to work on it again, but it was a nice change.
My little helper was in my room again today, feverishly working. She heard that I posted a drawing of her’s yesterday and was desperate to do well again today. “I hope this gets on Facebook!” was said at some point, probably more than once, though she didn’t draw anything new today. The little dumpster diver was in my paper bucket, pulling out line drawings that I didn’t need anymore (and I mean all of them). I guess it was like a free coloring book for her.
That paper bucket will never be safe again…
My little sister likes to come in my room sometimes while I’m working. She’ll sit herself down at the end of my desk with her own piece of paper and draw. A lot of times she likes to copy what I’m doing. Today she redrew a character test I had done for the book I’m illustrating. She even went so far as to put the little scratches I put on the top of the page when I was testing out colors even though she had no idea what they were.
It’s nothing amazing… yet, but then she’s only seven. I think I might have some competition in a few years.
As far as the book I’m working on, I’m getting close to finishing! Out of 36 drawings, I have 24 complete, and several more in progress which should be done by next week… hopefully. I’ve enjoyed working on it, but I’ll be glad when I’m done and am able to return to by own work for a little while.
It’s been awhile, so I thought I’d update you on what I’ve been doing in my internet silence. Well, I’ve been drawing… a lot. Right now, I have a little more than a third of my project done. Now with 12 completed drawings under my belt, I feel like I’m finally settling into what the author wants for the look and feel of his book. Hopefully the rest will go fairly quickly, though I kind of doubt it will. Ah, well.
Anyway, because of this illustration job, I finally got around to buying a scanner and now my work look so much better now that there’s not dark shadows over everything from taking pictures of it. I’m actually making another blog now that will serve as a more professional looking portfolio that I can show to new clients. You guys are welcome to check it out as well, and follow me there as well. There probably won’t be anything different over there, just better looking pictures at the moment, but you can check that out here: Mary Barrows Illustration.
Hope you like it, and, hopefully, it won’t be more than a week until i get around to posting again.
This was an example sketch for someone else who was interested in my work for a children’s book.
After a bunch of back and forth with the author, I was finally able to do some ink and color today! This is only a small glimpse of one of the images, but it’s so cool being able to see it all colored.
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!
I’m studying… I am… I really am.
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!