Monday, November 21, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
This duck is a fun lead character for the story I am working on. The "hair" is indicative of the historical inspiration for the story, and the red rimmed eyes give a somewhat unstable feeling to the character. The eyes are fun in that they can express a wide range of emotion needed for this little unstable duck. :)
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Animals are so fun to illustrate. Their funny faces lend themselves to a wide range of personalities to draw. It is also particularly fun and challenging to abstract a real creature to the point that it is still recognizable, but something new altogether. A family farm served as some inspiration here.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
When I start a new character design, I almost always start with the face. The face is the most expressive with personality. I then move on to the body, giving it the same gestural feeling that the face expresses. All of these are done in my primary medium of watercolor and ink. I love the medium because it is so fluid and it keeps you loose and painterly.
I tend to spend a lot of time in the initial stages of developing a composition. I work up thumbnail sketches but very quickly get into full watercolor paintings, as I want to feel the way the characters and colors are going to interact in the final illustration. Here are some composition studies done in watercolor and ink.