Drawing on my Imagination: April 2011.
An outstanding picture book is a result of both spontaneity and careful planning. The tools for planning such a book are the storyboard and book dummy. The storyboard gives you a bird’s eye view of the whole book: it shows all the pages of the book, greatly reduced, on a […]
I think that if the dummy remains as it is, it will mislead aspiring picture book creators into thinking they have, as Staake writes, “15 spreads… (and) a single page finale,” when they are more likely to have 14 spreads, a single page beginning and a single page finale. I’d […]
Learning to turn a character from a children’s book into a 3 dimensional sculpture.
These are a couple of sketches from a story I am illustrating that includes a distinguished looking sea captain and his old fishing boat. The character is still under development as I study different possible facial features and the structure of the head and body proportions.
This is an integral part of the illustration process when you are dealing with digital art work. Although working by hand is more expansive from a conceptual level for me, I normally go digital when it comes to creating the line art and making smaller revisions to an established sketch. […]
Big fan of Tyson and I was just brainstorming ideas for a quick cartoon. After seeing the documentary Tyson my impression of Tyson as a brute was shattered, more like an idiot savant or straight up intellectual. If you can’t read the writing at the end, he’s reading Nietsche and […]
What is the difference between an Illustrator and an Artist? This is a sensitive subject for a lot of illustrator because implicit in the differentiation is the assumption that an illustrator is not an artist (which, in itself, is a pretty broad definition). What most people think of when they […]