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!
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.
I’m not completely satisfied with how this image turned out, so I might have to do another one, maybe one with more characters and a background.
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.
A watercolor painting I did for my little brother’s room. The Emerald City of Oz. It looks cooler in real life than it does in this picture.
Another owl for my owl obsessed sister, done in ink, colored pencil and water color.
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.
Here’s the finished piece. The Hobbit hole done in water color and colored pencil.
“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.