Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Inspiration




David Wiesner 

Is likely the most critically acclaimed Children's Book Illustrator across the globe. His work has been translated to over a dozen languages and won awards in the United States and Abroad including several Caldecott medals. He builds small scale models as reference of his characters. 
He prefers stories told in dream like states that take audiences on a journey using very limited 
words. 

He has produced many solo works including Tuesday, The Three Pigs and Flotsam. As well as partnering with various authors such as Marianna Mayer, Laurence Yep, and Eve Bunting (to name a few). He has also worked on book covers and CD game designs The Day the World Broke

Wiesner continues to illustrate stories that can take him several years to complete in his home outside Philadelphia. 

He participates in blogging, linkedin, his website, forums and facebook








Jan Brett


Currently has over 39 million books in print with a new addition coming out every few years. Some of her beloved classics include Town Mouse Country Mouse, The Hat and Annie and the Wild Animals


Travel serves as a main source of inspiration. She, and her husband Joe a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, visit different countries and researches architecture and costumes that appear in her work. 

"From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."


Jan Brett has a weekly newsletter she sends to fans and teachers, she has created interactive apps for children, has a very outdated website and occasionally emails. 


 


Began his journey at the Monterey, California Children's Book Conference. During his schooling (and directly there after) Beck pursued interest in concept design for films, much of which is now reflected in his work. Journey and Quest being his biggest claims to fame, Becker also makes book trailers for his illustrations as well as documentaries of his thought process and drafting techniques. 

While Beck now focuses on the Children's Book market he also sells prints, and online media for children. 

He keeps a current website and is excellent on being well known across social media, including (but not limited to) Facebook, Blogs, Instagram, Twitter, 



Beth Krommes considers herself more of a fine artist who also likes to illustrate. She began her love of art with wood engravings and then switched to scratch board. Her first book was called Grandmother Winter and received much praise. Her 6th work The House in the Night was awarded the 2009 Caldecott. 

Krommes, along with the children's market, produces materials for teachers to use in classroom and visits schools to talk about illustration. She loves to blog and record interviews of her journey. Although her website is outdated she does well keeping in touch with social media.  



A winner of the Caldecott medal for her work in A Sick Day for Amos McGee and named New York Times best Illustrated book of 2010. Many of her books following won various awards. She is very open about her process and ideation. All of which can be found on her blog. Her unique use of limited color and texture makes for a story that is both charming and cultivating. Her use of line is extremely delicate yet precise where as her characters seem to have wondered onto the page by accident. 

She is a prevalent blogger where she and her husband host what they call, Number Five Bus Presents where they host conversations with "fellow book people." 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Summer Days


Study of New Zealand landscape on canvas. I experimented with a new acrylic technique. Glad it is done! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Year of the Dragon

As promised, here is a sneak peak of my children's book scheduled to be publicly released October of 2014. Please keep in mind I had a three month due date on top of an 18 hour school schedule with the final spreads due about a week after finals. So they may not appeared the highest standard of artistic acceptance of the illustration world. I did, however, learn a lot about the industry I hope to one day enter professionally. It was a great experience to work one on one with an author and publisher. 

I decided to do the finals in a mix of watercolor ink and Photoshop. 

Here are a few pages from the story. Stay tuned to read more about Jake Chandler in Year of the Dragon.




Friday, June 20, 2014

Moose Jersey



 I was contacted my first week of summer to design a bicycling jersey featuring a moose riding a bike. Sounded like a fun challenge! Here are my initial sketch ideas and color suggestions I sent to my client.


Number three was decided and I created a color comp in Illustrator. 


So I began my variations! The popular vote was number 4. 



 So here is the final jersey design and layout. I hope to upload an image of the printed jersey soon!


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Yellow Balloon


All great things begin with a good idea. The assignment was to develop imagery to evoke a feeling or emotion in relation to the song "She Sang Hymns Out of Tune." 
I began with listening to the song over and over again until I was sick of it's catchy lyrics. I interpreted the song being about a woman who had great power to provoke actions with her words "she turned 10,000 when she touched the moon." Perhaps the "yellow balloon" was actually her method of travel. 

So the audience we were illustrating for was a bit younger than what I hit on my initial sketches. So I reworked the idea. 
This had a much better flow and sense of environment. She became more of an explorer and it appealed to my desired stylistic approach. 

I experimented in watercolor and pen and ink. 
I liked it but still needed a little something. 

 

Here is the final! I gave it a little bit of extra flare with a three dimensional feel. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Beautiful Changes

For our final assignment in Visual Narrative Story boarding: we were to take a written piece of literature and visually interpret it. I immediately turned to poetry as a source of inspiration. Richard Wilbur has always been one of my favorites. I honor of Spring I chose "The Beautiful Changes."

 

From here I did TONS of sketches trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to represent and what message I wanted to portray. After tediously analyzing this poem I determined that the beauty he was discussing was not nature itself, but rather the changes that partake in nature. 

So I decided to focus more on transitions and movement to create a visual composition.

First came the sketches! (The really really rough thumbnail stage) 



By this point I also decided to work with clay. I bought some "clean clay" which is just a cheap form of sculpy that came in a very natural earthy tone.  



It took several tries and a lot of patience but I won't bore you with all my elongated process. Here is a cut of the final! Take not this is NOT intended to be a full stop motion animation nor is it a traditional animatic. Rather a hybrid of both. (note* There is sound!)

video

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Puzzler

This project presented as many challenges as it did rewards. It is probably the most ambitious piece I have ever tackled simply due to it's over whelming amount of detail. The prompt was presented to create a "puzzler" for ages 6-10 that was both engaging and interesting.


It all began with a simple sketch on tracing paper. 



After a little revision I had some body to my idea (sketched in photoshop). The size variation still needed some work as well as the dynamics of the piece as a whole. 


I then went to color exploration and the addition of texture on top of value. 


Here is the final version. I decided to take out the accompanying animals because it became too confusing what purpose they served and I also stepped up the personification of the poodle and added more interesting items to the garage sale. Enjoy!