Peace

Yabadabadoo!!

Here's a bit about my process for a little Fred Flintstone piece.

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I did initial rough sketches on a sketch pad until I was happy with the general composition. Then, I lightly pencilled in the character outline on a Strathmore 400 series Watercolour Artist Trading Card and added a layer or two of watercolour washes using my Pelikan set.

 

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A thicker ink outline with a Staedtler pigment liner 0.5...

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The remaining line details with a Staedtler 0.3.

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Final touches with an HB pencil.

These are a tonne of fun to create. The cards are only 2.5" x 3.5" so the limited size really forces me to engage with the character I am trying to convey. 

 

 

Anton's Awesome Day - work in progress

Someone asked me to do a Christmas mini comic a month ago, so Matt and I came up with the story over coffee one morning. 

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From that outline, I drew thumbnails, then measured out panels on illustration board.

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Corrections were made over address label stickers...

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After photocopying and folding, Matt took care of stapling and trimming the top of the folded pages. 

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We're giving these away over the Holidays but I am working on a colour version to share here also.

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Happy Holidays! Stay tuned.

Carmen The Midnight Snacker

I was fortunate to attend the SCBWI Western Washington Illustrator's Retreat this past weekend at the Dumas Bay Center. It was an absolutely intense drawing weekend with wonderful faculty: Sergio Ruzzier and Kelly Murphy. They stretched our imaginations to our limits and pushed us to try different techniques, and they were generous with feedback and compliments. 

This image is the result of some character sketching Kelly had us work on. There is nothing quite like forcing yourself to work in a constrained timeline. Thank you Kelly!