Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!

And a little behind-the-scenes process work:
First, after trying to start three times before, I finally decided to center the image on the road runner. I'd had a lot of fun drawing him for my card two years ago and I'd already had a special rubber stamp made of him, so I would get to use it again:

These two images give an idea of how I build illustrations - I start with rough sketches. If I get something I like, I scan and piece together an overall layout template to use to either transfer or as a light-table guide. In this case I had to transfer the old-fashion graphite way, because the paper I did the final drawing on was ultra-thick (I mean NO LIGHT was getting thru that sucker).
I also had to plan for the paper-punched layered star (fixed in place with a gold brad), which looks like a moon in this template.
At this point, I was still going for 3 road runners. I eventually decided against the 3rd because I didn't like the way his beak stuck into the back of the front road runners head and two seemed enough to communicate the message of loved ones and/or friends. BTW, the mountain range in the background is the actual Sandia Mountain Range, as viewed overlooking Albuquerque.

My sketchbook page of swatches and notes… trying to decide what colors to use, materials, trying out stamp colors, etc.

This is the the final illustration with no digital adjustments, straight-up scan.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Drawing Morning Pages (Doodle Edition)

Dec 12-15, 2011
Missed a day in here - I somehow completely missed December 11th. Whoops. This is what happens when holiday madness disrupts the normal routine. Or you just let yourself get distracted. ;)

Friday, December 02, 2011

PiBoIdMo 2011 - Winner!

I do solemnly swear that I have faithfully executed
the PiBoIdMo 30-ideas-in-30-days challenge,
and will, to the best of my ability,
parlay my ideas into picture book manuscripts.

My second year of participating in Picture Book Idea Month 2011 (#PiBoIdMo) was another success. Once again, I find myself thinking… this is really something I should do everyday, keep this list going all year long… or at the very least, find a way to make it a more regular practice. Of course, I've got two long lists to work through, and this year I'm more interested in the follow-through of the these ideas. The next step… turning these ideas into real books!