Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I am trying hard this semester to push my watercolor skills. I rely heavily on lines to finish an illustration, and thought I would try to de-line my artwork. As I finish the first illustration in my "Domestic Life of Bugs" series, it occurs to me that I really do enjoy lines. I enjoy drawing, graphite transferring, reworking the lines on the freshly-stretched watercolor paper. I guess using line isn't a bad thing. Arthur Rackham, Bill Peet, Carl Larsson... my heroes do use line. I did clean-up in animation for how-many-years, and line is just part of who I am.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Wow! You can tell that school has started, as I haven't posted in a while! I've got three classes at CSUF / MFA, and that means thumbnails for upcoming projects. I'm really excited about a series I'm doing in my watercolor class on bugs. Since I don't have much to post yet, I'll put up the piece that got me inspired to do a buggy theme. It took Honorable mention a couple of semesters ago in the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator's Great Race competition. Speaking of which, I attended their "Writer's Day" conference yesterday at beautiful USD. What a great event, and so inspirational!