Saturday, July 25, 2009

My first Children's spread

I know I mentioned it before, but I'm currently taking one summer class, once a week for Children's Book Illustration. I completely love it, and I didn't think I would. Usually when I tell people I'm going to school for illustration I am a little disapointed when they say, "Oh! like children's books?" In the real world children's book is more of a niche thing for illustrators to do. Don't get me wrong, there are people that go out into the real world trying to be a pictures book illustrator.. but usually Illustrators get trained to do editorial, advertisement, and sometimes artwork for products - and some of them end up traveling the children's book path without doing other work. Most childrens book artists start doing other work because Children book's don't pay as much per piece of artwork as others - it can also be a lot harder to get a book project. It's a lot of work getting a plot to flow visually! And there's a lot of art to be made for a whole 32 page book - which is the norm for children's books. It can take artists almost a year! But anyways... those who do make it big in the children's book world don't have to worry about financial problems and get as much time as they need to produce books. I'm currently working on sketching out an entire book for my final which I will post soon.. I'm doing the song "Tree Hugger" by Antsy Pants in children's book form (the song is from Juno - if you've seen the movie you probably know the song) ANYWAYS this is the first piece from my class.. to introduce us to the horizontal dimensions and children theme we were supposed to create an imaginary spread based on real childrens book title. I chose "There Once Was an Old Lady" for mine. I'm pretty pleased with it because I got more than enough time to finish it, I used acrylic for the first time in a long time. If you couldn't tell I've already learned a lot from my class and will be posting all my sketches for an entire book next. But for now enjoy this crazy lady! you can click on the image to make it bigger


Anonymous said...

Great piece - found you through an etsy post. The composition is very well developed and the color is great. Have fun in your class!

Angela said...

Very impressive. That sounds like a really fun class. I can't wait to see your whole book.

paintingpam said...

What a great twist on an old story line!! Keep up the good work!!

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