Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Illustration Friday: Poof




I've got two boys that make me laugh (and cry) all day. The oldest was a baby just yesterday, and POOF! he's grown to be a boy now. 

This illustration shows them together doing what makes them both giggle. My 9-monther really likes to pull hair. The oldest likes to inch his head up close so that my baby will pull his hair. They laugh and laugh at this (even at church!). What sillies!

I have recently been thinking about how I want my illustration style to develop. I definitely want things fun (fun colors, characterization, etc) but realistic enough so that people don't have to wonder what the picture is about. While reading Junie B. Jones with my son, I've been studying Denise Brunkus's illustrations. I love her style. I like how she takes realism and plays with it. I don't think I want to do things just like her, but she has inspired me. This illo is partly rendered while thinking of her style. I also used gray pens to outline things instead of my usual black outline. In some ways I like it, in others I prefer a darker line. Hmmm . . . it'll be fun to see over time how my style will evolve. 

6 comments:

ElegantSnobbery said...

Oh my goodness, as a mother of two not-so-very-little-anymore babies, I completely understand the poof! thing!! Wonderful illustration! And you captured the playfulness of a Junie B-style sketch perfectly!

INDIGENE said...

Enjoy their silliness as long as you can, because it will poof! Lovely style and I think the gray pen gives it a softness. I like strong black lines too! Wonderful illustration!

www.indigeneartforms.blogspot.com

Bella Sinclair said...

This is a treasure! That your two boys can play so well together, despite the age difference, is heavenly. This is a wonderful way to capture a memory of them.

I really like the gray pen lines!

Heather said...

You've done a great job on the proportions and perspective here and the color really brings out the playful mood. (my two were shrieking gleefully all through the grocery store today!)

Katie said...

Great illustration. Love the artwork and very creative and thoughtful take on the topic.

lil kim said...

very sweet illo :)