"Day of Joy" I just needed to do another being with wings. I still kept the youthfulness and quarky stylings that I would use in childrens' book illustration, the whole combining the two. Now I'm rambling.
So this is "Poppy". I like to sketch with my students during free draw at work (about 15 mins at the beginning of class we "free draw" to loosen up. They can draw whatever they wish.) I highly suggest it if you're not already sketching before you dive into a project.
And instead of using my mechanical pencil and moleskine sketchbook, I decided to use what they were using. HB pencil, pearl eraser, and copy paper...I was reminded of jr. high...those were the common tools. Sometimes it's good to go back to basics.
On the left is the sketch I did in HB pencil. I used to just go crazy with my fashions, but have mellowed out a bit lately. So I wanted to bring that back in. I may have gone a bit overboard, but I'm lovin' it! Kids loved it too. :) It's a great example of where practice, practice, practice will take you. I personally love detail, I think the more detail you have the more engaging the piece becomes. Tho I will say, negative space is just as equally important.
Why I don't just use that, I dunno. Obessesive over clean lines...
View the first steps to adding paint now!