Digital Illustration created in Photoshop using scanned collage and cut paper, custom brushes and stamps. Inspired by a vintage children's book illustrations but with a fresh twist!
children's book illustration
Here is my second assignment of for my mcad children's book illustration class. We were assigned an age (I got 5), a word (silly) and a location (in the deep woods). The week we were working on this, Joel and the boys were at Danish Family Camp with Joel's parents. One of the fun things that happens at camp is that they hide a Nisse (a wood elf or gnome) statue and give out clues to find it. When the boys called home, Win stubbornly insisted that he had found the Nisse (which of course made Eli mad—because he hadn't—and if he had he should have told). So there was the seed of my story, about a little boy who finds the Nisse and spends the day playing and laughing in the woods with his new friend. Trying to make the character look the right age and trying to get it to feel dynamic were my biggest challenges this time. As usual, a mashup of traditional techniques, tons of scanning, and finally creating the digital artwork.
The next few weeks of class will be spent learning how to concept and storyboard from a manuscript, and creating a final piece of art for that book. I'm using a sweet story written by a dear friend for my final project, so can't wait to share in a few weeks.
Don't forget to be silly!
I am in the middle of a class at mcad on Children's Book Illustration, taught by illustrator Carrie Hartman. It has been pretty intense, with a ton of content stuffed into a six week class, so we're moving along at a pretty quick clip. The first assignment was to create a book spread based on a provided book title. I chose The Littlest Panda, and decided to work digitally since we had basically a week to create a finished illustration. I am loving the class so far! Did I mention my summer has been CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY? In addition to trying to get class assignments done:
- I started a new job this week, as a book designer at a local educational publisher!
- I am still working on freelance design projects with several clients
- I am cranking along with new designs for Silhouette America
- One of my designs has been licensed for a greeting card with a well-known grocery chain and will be available in their fall line!
- I am enjoying summer with the hubby and boys!!! Win will tell you that Wee Bop Dino Camp was a roller coaster ride, but mostly summer is turning out to be awesome.
Here's to sipping gin and tonics by the slip-n-slide!