Monday, September 21, 2009

finished sketch- on to color


Color study - found some 1950's interior paint chips to work off of.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sketch O' the Day

This is how they all start- scribbly.

Then I decided to be draw over it in Photoshop.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Happy Birthday To-mie! Happy Birthday To-mie!

I was asked to contribute to a new blog honoring Tomie dePaola for his 75th birthday AND for his life long gift to all of us- his books.

I first saw Mr.dePaola 2 years ago @ the NYC SCBWI winter conference. Altho, I haven't met him- he's been popping up in my life over and over again. I asked my mother if we had any of his books growing up. She knew of him instantly - remembering reading them to us. Off I went to order a few online and immerse myself in his world.

Here's a few things I've learned from studying 3 of his books and drawing his characters.

1. Simple is deceiving. If art looks simply done- simply colored- don't assume it's easy. When it is done well- or really well- like Pancakes for Breakfast; It's actually harder to do. Every element stands out- and you have to be a really great designer to do less. Ya know the whole less is more thing- one of these days I'll get it.
2. I know why my mother liked the books. Now that I've read them as a mother; and not a Snoopy crazed child. You want children to have books that are like warm hugs. Tomie's are.
3. You can learn a lot from drawing other people's characters. -I did know this from the years in cartoon licensing but never applied it to illustration. Like all of the artists parked in front of master paintings at the Met - I may just park myself in front of Tomie's this weekend at the Carle.

Go Check it out and Happy B'day Mr. dePaola!

Three Kisses for Tomie

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Doodle of the day

Ally Poe : favorite niece of Edgar Allan. Pet Raven: Sir Neville Moore

Been in a gloom all day. Finally sat down to draw and goth came out. Luv a good doodle- don't you? -There may be a story w/ these two.... quote the raven "Get back to work Kelly!"