Because I didn’t get around to drawing anything today, I’m just going to share another page of the homework of copying the art in The Iridescence of Birds as thumbnails.
Lesson 5 of Children’s Book Illustration: Thinking In Pictures is kicking my butt, but I loooved one of the exercises which I’ll share a panel of here. We were assigned a picture book each and had to do a storyboard/thumbnails of the book, copying, in a much simplified form, the entire story. This is to help us see how a professional artist handles the artwork and to understand the flow of a story through its illustrations.
I was given The Iridescence of Birds (illus: Hadley Hooper). I loved that book before, but having to copy art gave me an even greater appreciation of the book. I also realized that I am incapable of drawing stick figures or “simplified” anymore. Featureless faces is as simple as I can get myself to do now.
I drew a quick one last night. This is from a photo we’d taken on one of our trips to Texas (2014). They are really cute birds.
I like the Doodle Day theme this month of “unlikely friends” so will attempt to do my usual quick-and-dirty sketches (trying to keep them loose and under 10 minutes) for it. This one is owl and mouse.
We’re to make a 16-page dummy of a story that’s a take-off on an existing book (I picked Olym-Pig; I think that’s the title…I’ve not read it). The story is supposed to be clearly understood from these simple (and tiny…each one page is about 1″x2″) drawings. I’m not entirely sure it worked but it was interesting to do.
A final character sketch for homework and it’s an appropriate extension of Son1’s birthday because he was born in the year of the pig. :)
Odd errors courtesy of phone’s autocorrect.
I have no idea how my older son could possibly be 20 because I don’t feel like I’m pushing 52. No, that’s not true…my achy body wakes up every day with another new pain and says, “oh, yeah, lady, you are SO pushing 52.” But, hey, at least I am waking up every day! Like an acquaintance always said, “growing old is better than the alternative” (since we can’t pull a Dorian Grey).
Sharing an old doodle of my son who, unlike his younger brother, loved to nap. :)