Thursday, December 21, 2006

A BIG difference

As an aspiring illustrator, I'm getting ready to send out my first round of postcards to potential publishers. This is the illustration I'll be sending out. I just discovered the power of good, espensive paper. As I hope to make a good impression through the postcards, I opted to try this picture on good paper. I was amazed at the difference! The second picture above is done on cheap-o student grade (Blick cold press) watercolor paper, and the top is the expensive stuff (Windsor Newton hot press). I really wanted to give Fabriano soft press a try (I've heard great things about it from several illustrators) but my art supply store doesn't carry it. But I really liked this stuff. It was also great going over things in ink and not having all the little cracks get in the way.

By the way, I'm creating this blog so that I'll have reason to keep on illustrating. I fear rejection, but I LOVE to illustrate! Whether or not someone will pay me to do it, I need something to keep me going. But, as a wife, mother, author, illustrator, and music teacher, I have many other obligations, so my goal is to post once a week.

See you next week!

1 comment:

Jacqie said...

Wow, I never would have realized the difference the quality of paper would make! But the second one definitely looks better! You are amazing. You have been blessed with wonderful artistic abilities.