Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Illustrations for a fairy tale
I was really challenged over the last week with my latest commission. Instead of working from a photograph, I had to draw on my own imagination...not that great at the best of times :-)
I really am a "visual artist" - I love to see with my eyes. When I look at children and people passing by, I am always marveling at the play of light on skin, the shadows created, and the different forms that take place. When I sit down to paint, I see with my eyes first, and then let the color lead me the rest of the way.
So when I was asked to create a few small illustrations for a fairy tale, I initially thought "no problem" - I used to always draw my own illustrations for little stories I wrote when I was younger.
It's been a while, let me tell you. I was tearing my hair out over this seemingly simple request. I was almost ready to contact the buyer and let tell her I couldn't do it. But luckily my pride got in the way of that idea and I got back to work. I'm glad I persevered, because it was an excellent lesson for me and very good practice.
Here are a couple of the illustrations, done on 140lb hot press (smooth) watercolor paper with ink & watercolor.