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Almost every night for the last couple weeks I’ve been working on the new illustrations for my book. This time around (almost exactly a year later) I’m doing it completely differently.

Last year, I sat down in my studio, with pencils and paint, and sketched and painted immediately. I didn’t really plan out what I wanted it all to look like and how coherent it was going to be. Which resulted in different sized pictures (I started out using only a little bit of the page and eventually used the whole thing) but they were generally coherent in style, though, possibly ill-conceived (gotta love retrospect). The varying sizes made it really hard to format, on top of the fact that I didn’t even know what size book I was creating. If I’d thought about it a little bit more, I think it would have resulted in less headaches.

So this time, I know what size the finished version will be, I have a proof copy and I’m using that as my guide. I’m planning out where the text is going to be in the image (if it’s going to be in there) and I haven’t touched paint. yet. I’m going through every single illustration in the book that I did originally and asking myself “how can I do this better?” , “how could I make this look more interesting?” , and “how could I reinvent this scene?

So far, there are a lot more balloons, less straight up people shots, and with the scenes that have people in them, I use the other pictures with the characters as a guide to make sure that they are as coherent as possible. I’m also taking shades and varying degrees of value into account in my sketches and going over anything I want to remember the value of in levels of shading.

draft illustration

We’ll see what I think a year from now, but at the moment I’m very happy with the progress and how much I’ve learned since last October. Interestingly, I’ve been implementing a lot of what I learned in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and that alone has been a huge difference.

Mountains in the clouds…

So this morning on the flight home I happened to glance out the airplane window and see a mountain top peeking through the clouds. I grabbed my ipad a few minutes later and started drawing it….then I accidentally deleted it…so I had to start all over. Sometime tonight (if I don’t fall asleep) or tomorrow I’ll do an actual painting of it, because it was just absolutely amazing – in the mean time, here’s my 2 minute finger drawing…

iPhone art (#14)

Decided to paint on/with my iphone today after lunch, and tomorrow we’ll be painting pottery. I’m trying to decide on a cup or a plate and if I should make a movie reference or just play with it. But that’s besides the point – today I tried something different with the brushes app instead of filling everything in like I usually do, I just colored the sky and left everything else. I really like the style and might try to incorporate it into future paintings.