Sunday, December 4, 2016

Dani Duck Smart Dummies 2016 challenge

I want to thank Dani Duck for all her hard work she offered with this year's Smart Dummies 2016 challenge. I recommend anyone who needs a picture book dummy challenge to join the fun in 2017. I signed up for this year's challenge and was fortunate to complete my dummy. The aim of the challenge is to think about your book dummy, maybe start it, and if possible complete it. This year's challenge was a success. Dani needs your help to make Smart Dummies Challenge 2017 a success. There is just too much work for her to do it all alone. To find out more, follow the web link to her blog and read more about Dani's Smart Dummies 2017 challenge and help out.

Monday, November 7, 2016

SCBWI Bulletin Fall 2016 Article

This is my first foray writing an article for SCBWI Bulletin Fall 2016 magazine. SCBWI, thank you for the opportunity.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Illustrations for Educational Consultant & Advocate for Gifted Children

Some artwork created for Educational Consultant & Advocate for Gifted children. I really didn't have any restrictions working on these images. Alison who coordinated the project was a pleasure to work with.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Another Flying Machine

Here is another version of a man and his flying machine. I created this illustration with the thought of the hilarious movie, Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Arnold Arboretum Sketch

Sketch of a  stone bridge at the Arnold Arboretum. I scanned the sketch and created a layer in Photoshop and added watercolor to the stone foundation. The color was added to the trees with a textured brush in Photoshop.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Latest Sketches

      Latest sketches from the mad studio of imagination where these images were drawn.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Sketched About

After mowing the front yard lawn, I came inside and did some quick sketches. I built up all this energy from outside and released it with these sketches. I am thinking about scanning the images and adding some color. I am considering adding some textured colored brush strokes for the background so the vehicles stand out more.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Creative Books Worth Reading

Molly Bang explains in her book how pictures work. She uses cutout pieces of paper to explore the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. Using various cutout shapes she explores the various components that affect visual pictures. Large and small shapes, dark and light colors, and round and sharp edges. I recommend her book for the understanding
she explores in creating pictures.

Marcos Mateu-Mestre has twenty years of experience in feature animation. His visual statements are bold graphic images. I especially enjoy his black and white character designs. I strongly recommend his book. He offers his insight about frame composition, lighting, and visual continuity sequences in animation. You won't think about your visual images in the same way.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Colored Grayscale Sketch

I took one of my favorite raccoon sketches and scanned it. The image was brought into Photoshop before converting it from grayscale to a duotone image. The mode of the image was changed to RGB and saved as a tiff file. I took the tiff file and brought it into Manga Studio 5. Manga Studio 5 has two of my favorite brushes, the G-pen 4 and Noise Pastel. These two brushes are used for specific reasons and the how they apply textural colors to my paintings. The G-pen 4 brush acts like a pen filled with ink. It applies color in fluid thin strokes. The Noise Pastel brush is wider and rougher when adding areas of color. I am able to color areas of the raccoons that have darker areas, such as the stripes on the tails, hands, and areas of the faces. I save the file in a tiff format and bring it back into Photoshop for more coloring. My sketch layer is turned into a multiply layer, so the layer below, colored gray will show through. I create a third layer above the sketch layer and add white highlights around sections of the two raccoons There you have my process for creating my gray toned illustration. I would like to hear your own thoughts about
your process.