Saturday, October 20, 2007

IF: Grow



This illustration not only illustrates the way that "Mikayla" grows while learning about her emotions, but also my own growth as an illustrator. I remember the day I realized I could actually draw a character in several different emotions/settings. This picture wasn't the first time I did it, but it is one of the first. Perhaps as I learned that editors want to see characters depicted in several settings and knowing that people talk about it being a difficult thing to do set me up for the task. Whenever anyone says anything like, "that's hard and you probably won't be able to do it," I get fired up to take on the challenge and prove them wrong. How about you? Does hearing someone say you can't do something make you not even want to try in the first place, or do you get excited like me and work hard until you do it?

By the way, I've only got three more weeks until my second son is born! It'll be nice to sleep on my stomach and back again (uh . . . at least WHEN I can find the time to sleep with a newborn and a three-year-old around).

7 comments:

Emila Yusof said...

So adorable!

KarMa said...

sweet :D

Manuela

Nicole said...

Lovely work! Take care and good luck!

aeneadellaluna said...

she's adorable! such a cutie!

Ursula Shaw said...

Terrifiec work. Love all her expressions!

tusen said...

Great illustration - I love all the different expressions. And thanks for sharing your experience. I think I have to start doing it your way ;)

Southern Spud said...

I'm definitely one who needs to be told that I can do it. I do wish it were the other way around. Sometimes, if someone does say that it's challenging and I couldn't do it, I totally want to go prove them wrong, but I usually end up losing that fire and curling back up inside my shell again.

I do love your character and her emotions. It really is a talent--I think!--to just be able to draw the same character again and have her still look like the same person! :) (Confession of my own drawing skills there!)