OLD AND NEW
Reworking an old illustration from my first picture book.
Last summer we moved to Seattle. In the process of packing and moving my studio, I ran across my first book illustration project (among many other things).
It was one my favorite projects, and like finding an old friend. A simple 8 page reader an education book series. And, it got me thinking.
"If I got this project today,
what would my art look like?"
I've spend the past 18 months revamping my portfolio and refining my process. So it seemed like a good idea to take what I've learned and apply it to an old image. So, I did.
COMPARISON: Then and Now
DRAWING: The foundation.
WHAT I LEARNED: Be careful not to rush onto the next thing before you're really sure what you want to do. It was hard to admit, but I was rushing through a step because it was hard. Making myself follow through has helped not only my image, but I am much faster. And if you are working on 32 pages, that can really come in handy.
SETTING THE TONE: Primary color glazing.
In order to get the glow in my image I glaze the entire sheet with yellow. Then I lay on red and blue to create the cool spots. This also pops the yellow. You can see how the yellow is toned down in the second image. But as things build you'll see that it's still there waiting to pop!
ADDING THE COLOR: Simple washes.
Now, I start building the image. Sometimes I go straight for the pure color, and some times I build with glazes. Things are starting to come together.
VALUES: Lights and darks.
You can see the golden glow coming through. Now I need to make sure my values are correct. You can see here that the color between her shadowed hair is darker than the backgound. They need to read as the same value. This is what pushes back the darks into the background. Need to fix that.
It's simpler and cleaner than my original image. I tried to keep it to only four values of each color. This gives it the flatter more stylized look in my new work. And, I'm feeling focused again, and having fun.