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.