Current projects, sketches, process, fun along with frustration and other random bits of info about my art.
Yes, I signed up, paid for and willingly submitted my art for critique by a professional in the children’s book industry. And, I’m glad I did. Giuseppe Castellano of https://illustrationdept.com/ helped me focus on what I did well, and what I needed to improve, as well as what I can do to improve. I’ve been working on processing this new knowledge since January. This piece was a seed of an idea that went through MANY changes. POV, style, colors, etc. The goal for this was to tell a story and to create a world. Some “new” skills I’m trying to develop are using values more deliberately to add depth and dimension through perspective. Getting there…slowly, but I’m determined!
Copying Frances Brundage using gouache.
For the new year, and after I participated in Inktober 2017, I decided to join the online school, SVS Learn (https://www.svslearn.com/). One of the first courses I chose to take was about "finding a style", and learning from the masters. When I was painting primitive portraiture, (18th, 19th century itinerant artists style paintings for clients), I was "copying the masters" even then. In fact, that is how I started painting. I saw those naive portraits and said to myself, "I could try to paint something like that". And, not surprisingly, all the artist (except one) that I chose to copy and analyze their technique for this SVS course are all illustrators that are from the past. First up, is Kate Greenaway (1846-1901). Things I learned while copying: Kate had a distinct style and used watercolor masterfully. She used lots of glazing and layering to get her colors to build. The line work was detailed. Her illustrations of children are realistic and she wasn't afraid of painting fabric!
The next artist I chose was Beatrix Potter. She has been a favorite of mine for awhile! My oldest son's nursery was decorated with pretty pastels and Beatrix Potter decor. Something he cringes about each time I mention it! :) This was fun to paint. I LOVE Beatrix's palette and her anthropomorphic cute animals. Things I learned while copying: Beatrix, like Kate, was a master watercolorist. And, like Kate, she was not afraid of folds in fabric. Beatrix's line work was strong and detailed.