Saturday, February 18, 2017

Marching Band

I thought I'd share an example of what happens when I'm sketching out an idea. I like to play with basic shapes and composition a lot in the beginning. Once I like the general direction of where a piece is going, I redraw it with more defined shapes. I look at reference images of animals and instruments (or whatever it may be I'm trying to draw) to get a more accurate sense of what to draw rather than rely on just what I see in my head (I obviously didn't know how a french horn was held and ended up changing that!) Hope to share more drawings and processes soon!



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

'Wicked'



If you haven't read the book or seen the musical 'Wicked', it is the story of how Elphaba becomes the Wicked Witch of the West from the 'Wizard of Oz'.

I read the book before there was talk of a musical and loved Gregory Maquire's take on the iconic character. When I saw the musical, Elphaba's performance of "Defying Gravity" hit home for me pretty hard.

It seems like misunderstood beings in fiction are represented a lot with the color green... Elphaba, Kermit the frog... Slytherins. I have felt pretty 'green' at times in life myself.

'Green' people can be mistakenly perceived as 'angry', but in reality, they are just dealing with some realizations about the world involving moral dilemmas. Just like this awesome 'Star Wars' meme my husband recently shared with me found here...They probably should have made his charcter green too! Anyway, just another study, making Elphaba's portrait fell like little more like a self portrait.










Thursday, February 2, 2017

Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang!

This weeks movie theme, "Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang". I decided to start with a redo of an image I did 3 years ago for an 'Illustration Friday' topic posted here.
I always enjoy it when artists post 'redo' images side by side. You can see the improvements or changes in their style and that can be motivating when your day to day doesn't feel like it's getting anywhere. Here is Truly 3 years apart... Progress?