Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Dragon

This is the first color draft of the dragon... I might prefer red scales rather than the green. He would most likely be backdropped by greens or other earth tones, and red I think would have more pizazz. What do you think?

Friday, September 19, 2008

What about the theater?

I've been studying recently the works of William Adolphe Bouguereau. The way he painted the human form and skin is unbelievable. (Click here and here to see two of his works) I've had the idea to do a series of illustrations involving kids and a dragon and I thought it would be interesting if the pictures looked like a theater production. The lighting that Bouguereau chose for most of his work seems to add greatly to that effect, and it inspired me to create these two characters, slightly exaggerating the features for a cartoony look but keep the realism in the skin and clothes.

Don't be tricked by that pitiful look... she's pleading with an art buyer :)

I'm working on the dragon now, but he still hasn't passed the scrutiny of my younger brothers' critique.

One thing that has bothered me in my current job of design and illustration for local companies, is the lack of flexibility. I mean that the work I do now has to be specifically what the buyer wants and I'm not given much creative leverage. As I work on my Children's portfolio, I enjoy experimenting with different techniques, and I hope I can enjoy that freedom in the book industry.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sketches 9/9/08

Some of you may remember this bunny. To my surprise, he's still around. Usually animals as friendly as this rabbit don't last long in the wild, but he comes out of the azalea bushes every so often to munch on sand pears. He must have a lucky rabbit foot or something.

Anyway, I'm making progress on my website, and things look like they'll be in order for the October SCBWI conference... keeping fingers crossed.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

River Otters

My neighbor used to keep a large barrel suspended in the water off the edge of his pier. The barrel, like the one in the picture, had holes in it's side and was perfect for keeping live fish. (bait, or a fresh catch) It just so happened that his ingenuity would come to serve the river otters, who would always slip in and steal the fish. I can remember many times coming across them as they rolled in the barrel, chasing their meal.