Monday, December 24, 2012

12.24.12 A very Phantom post!

Hey, guys (and ladies!!)!
 Well, what do you know?  Here I am posting on my blog for you even though I'm on vacation.  You know what that is? Love.
  Speaking of Love.....I've been reviewing all the traffic stats on my blog and I've found that the work you all seem to love by far the most is the concept art for my adaptaion of Gaston Leroux's "Le Fantome de L'Opera" ("Phantom of the Opera," you non-French speakers!)  I can't blame you because I Love it, too. This is why I've compiled all the Phantom concept art I'm willing to show you right now into this one very Phantom post!  MERRY Christmas!!!
   I'm not sure if I've professed my deep and undying Love for "The Phantom of the Opera" very clearly on this blog. I've read that novel more times than I can count, I've seen the play on Broadway 3 times (making that 5 times total) and seriously, I never get tired of it. I can't explain it! It's a really well-crafted story and the main reason I want to adapt it is because that beautiful story is almost always butured beyond recognition in adaptations. This is something I want to correct for Phantom Lovers everywhere--and for those of you who only know that there is a masked freak living under the Opera House I can't wait to introduce you to Erik, the Phantom, who I think is one of the most creative, innovative and amazing characters ever created. NOW on to the art....

  Let's get started right off the bat with what I know you all really want:  Erik and Christine!

Okay, I'm not interested in making Erik a sex-object because he's actually pretty frightening and icky--he's like a walking corpse--like one that's been dead for a while, too--think of an unwrapped mummy.  I want him to have the feel of a spider, luring his prey and then attacking it at its most vulnerable moment.
  I've decided it's time to created a fully fleshed out, colored conceptual illustration. These next drawings are for an image of Christine Daae singing on stage--but it's more about the breathtaking auditorium.  Oh so beautful!  The image on the left is a sketch I did over a year ago--so this image has been in my head for awhile--honestly, probably years and years and years....

The image on the right is, at least, compositionally, how I want it.  A few minor tweaks and it's ready to go on to be finished.  Also, I want her dress--she's got a bouquet of roses on her butt!

These are additional sketches for the same scene....I see things very cinematically so when I look at this image I see her moving and I hear her singing.  Imagination is the best thing, ever!  Plus, Christine is so pretty--and a blonde, people, she's Swedish!!

  Ultimately, I want my adaptation to really capture what Leroux was trying to get across.  One of those things was the magesty of Garnier's Opera House in Paris. The Opera House, itself, is a very important character in the book--much the way Notre Dame Cathedral is in Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." And the way the island was a character in "Lost."  Because of this it is very important, in my mind, to get to know and be comfortable drawing this space with or without a reference.  So I've been drawing it, studying  floor plans and cross-sections and watching documentaries and consuming about anything that I can on the subject.  Someday when I'm actually at the Paris Opera House I don't think will need a tour guide because I'm pretty sure I know where everything is and it will be really interesting to see how reality matches up with my mind's construction. Here are some of the sketches I've done of the Grand Escalier:

I know it's not perfect but I'm happy with how it seems to draw you in and up--just like Garnier wanted. (:

There are so many things I love about this space, one of them being how very few straight lines there are and how absolutely everything has been embelished in some way.  Ahhh, Neo-Classicism, how I love you, so. 

Here are examples of how I want the finished art to look.  Though I'm still tweaking things, stylistically, these are very close:

Though I really love all the detail, this is going to be in color so I will be toning down the line-work a bit in the final pieaces.  however, none of the magesty or feeling will be lost.  I've got a story for everyone in that crowd, that's why it looks so convincing, FYI.

The left panel is how the color will be:  washed out ochre with red as the only prominent color. 
I hope you've enjoyed this taste of my "Phantom of the Opera"!  For all you Phantom fans out there, rest assured more is coming.  I have 2 sketchbooks (TWO!)  full of this stuff.  I've actually storyboarded a lot of it out so I will put a fews scenes together as a teaser in the next couple of months.  I'm currently fleshing out the script--and for everyone out there who does knows this story I want you to know that I am NOT cutting the Persian--he stays!  You're welcome and Merry Christmas!!!

  Well, this has been fun but I'm sure I mentioned earlier that I'm on vacation.  It's time to take care of that relaxing thing I'm supposed to do now......I'm not entirely comfortable with it but I think I should try it out. I hear it does wonders.  :-)

Thanks for visiting this week and thanks for Loving my Phantom art so much!!
Keep coming back for more and, as always, email me with any questions/comments.

Monday, December 17, 2012

12.17.12 Oh, 2012, where did you go?

Hey there, friends, fancy meeting you here!
I feel old saying this but wow! this year has gone by fast.  I'm looking forward to 2013 because 2012 was really interesting for me. And of course, I gotta start thinking about the one New Year's resolution I make every year.  Only the very close to me know what it is.  Oooooooh!  a mystery.

This week I decided to show you some of the ideas I've been generating for new illustrations.  I've been working on more conceptual art for the two stories I'm actively developing as well as some for the projects I have on the back-burner.  Let's jump right in!

Here are some new sketches for Rabbit St. Cloud.  Now I think I've really got her !! I love her haircut and  I've got the evil eye, contemptuous look down.  See that zombie army behind her?  It's sloppy, I know, but still awesome.  Of all my characters I have to say SHE feels the most real to me.  ....And that scares me a bit......
Here is a nice solid shot of the Squirrel Trifecta:  Two-Tails, Two-Heads and Six-Legs.  Not very original names but Rabbit named them and she's a scientist--they are very linear thinkers.

So here are sketches for a conceptual  illustration for my adaptation of Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera".  I can't stop loving this story--it's a sickness, really.  I LOVE the Paris Opera House and this is going to be not just a portrait of Christine Daae but also of the gorgeous auditorium and chandelier.  I can't wait!!

Here is a sketch for an image from Grimm's "The Frog Prince".  I never cared much for this story till I hear Joseph Campball's take on it.  Now it's one of my favorites.  

Last but not least this is a Christmas image for a lovely family I know.  These are two fabulous kids who are so fun to be around!  I wanted to capture the freedom of a child's imagination--how they can transform the mundane into an amazing adventure. This image is almost done and I'll post the final next week--so check back!!

  That is not nearly all I've been doing but it is all I'm posting this week!  I guess you'll just have to come back next week if you want more--and I have SO much more for you!
  Well, till then I'm off to sketch, sketch, draw, draw, process, process.  All for you.  :-)
Be well, my friends!  Here's some good advice:  Avoid the icy roads because OH MY GOD.  I thought I was going to die so many times last week!!!  But as it turns out, I'm a really good driver.  Must be all those spatial relational skills I've developed over the years.  See the power of Art?  it can save lives!! (:
  Thanks for visiting!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

12.03.12 Landscapes ...

Well, friends, it's the time of year when I'm extra happy I'm an artist because I don't have to worry about what to get people for Christmas/Hanukkah.  So I'm busy at work making Christ-mukkah presents for the family.  And that's all I'll say because they are my family and they read this blog!
  This is all good timing because I need a break for a bit from "Hero's Journey."  I also wanted to get in some more practice with color. Also, I'm sure you've noticed that most of my work is human or animal in subject and I decided it was time to do something outside my comfort zone. I've been really into landscapes lately  so these last couple weeks I've been working on that.  Landscaping has been very fun and definitely not what I usually do but I will be doing more in the future, for certain.
 The inspiration for these next two illustrations began when I was reading into the Victorian flower language (which is one of my favorite ways to insert symbolism into my work) and I stumbled across a flower called Dartura--but WAY back in the day they called it "Moonflower"  and then I had a vision of these glowing, phosphorous flowers and so I decided I would make that happen as a sort of practice assignment for myself.      I documented the process a bit so, here you go:
This is a sketch I did of actual Dartura Flowers with a little embellishment, of course, artistic license and what-not . . .

Here is the line drawing based on that sketch.  Hello, Little Spider Friend!

The almost completely finished piece.  I like it but it's a little "girly" looking to me.  I'm trying to be okay with that.  (:

This sketch/image I like much better.  This I drew after I learned that this flower used to be called "Moonflower" and I imagined looking up at them in the middle of the night.  I also imagined them to have a magical sort of glow so they would earn their name.  SIGH....So pretty and peaceful, I love it.

Here is the line drawing.  Not much without the color so let's just quickly move on ...

Oh how I love this!  It's like a snap shot of my imaginary world. This one is getting framed and put up on the wall--it's a winner! I Hope you like it as much as I do!  (and PS can you spot the spider?)
  These glowing flowers will appear in Hero's Journey so you could think of them as conceptual art, as well.
So .... I'm not doing a very good job of taking a break from Hero's Journey, am I?  Maybe someday I'll learn how to relax properly. :-)

  More stuff!!  Here are some fun motion drawings I made of the baby I spend the most time with.  She's the cutest baby I've ever seen--you may not believe me--or you may think I'm biased--even with these drawings as proof--but, trust me, she is ALL personality and, believe me, she knows how to work it.
  She's my little Boo!!  I've been doing motion drawings of her once a month since she was 7 months old.  This is her at 9 months, 9 days:

I wish I could do her cuteness justice!!

So that's been my work-packed week!
  I wish I could stick around and post some more stuff but it's been a strangely busy week for me and I've got to go!  I'm running late!!  Be well, all my internet friends!!
Thanks for visiting, again!
More next week--

Monday, November 26, 2012

11.26.12 Hero's Calling

Well, hello, friends!
Welcome back to my little blog.  Today I'm finally posting the first 9 pages of Hero's Journey completely finished for you--Happy Holidays!
  I actually finished these awhile ago but when I was working on them I was really sick and it took me a while to be able to look at them without feeling a rush of nausea.  Thank the gods (uh-oh, I've been scripting too long when I start talking like my characters!!)  that's over because I really like the way it looks.  ...speaking of writing ...
 When people say a picture says a thousand words, that is literal truth.  I find the written word to be a clunky and inefficient method of delivering information. What I could say with one picture is equal to paragraph after paragraph of information.  With a picture I can communicate what I need to tell you in milliseconds -with the written word it can take several minutes--dependent on the reader's cognitive abilities--and of course you have to phrase everything just right, too.  I don't have that kind of time, okay??  So this is ultimately my problem when it comes to writing.  When you know a better way, why revert to something less efficient? Unfortunately, it is necessary and don't get me wrong, the written word is the best invention of all time--Go words!!  But I'll be happy when I'm done with this script--and I'm almost done--then I can get back to what I do best.  ... and I won't complain about it anymore, I promise! That was it! I swear!!
 So here we go! the first 9 pages--

  Oh SNAP, Hero--you're about to get called!
 I love how this is looking and I'm so glad I don't feel insta-sick anymore when I look at these pages--that gives me hope for renewing my relationship with sweet potato fries! (food poisoning, you know how it is...)
  Anyway, this art is like ice cream for my eyes--I don't make art I don't like looking at, FYI, and I hope it is just as aesthetically pleasing for you!
  These are the only finished pages I'll be posting to this blog but worry not--there will be lots of concept art and other fun things coming all the time, I mean I don't even post half of what I'm actually doing.  All I'm trying to tell you is, savor and enjoy this little taste of Hero's Journey because it's all you're getting for a while.  I will let you know when it's printed and ready to be purchased--don't worry about that!
  Also guess what?  My new website will be up a short while and I'm soooooo excited!!
Be well and enjoy your last month before the Apocalypse!!!! (according to SOME folks, anyway ... )  I'm planning a party--an
 "End of Days/Big Disappointment Because Nothing Really Happened Just Like Y2K Party"!
  It's going to be a blast.  (:
As always, contact me via email for any info!
Peace and Love and Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 19, 2012

More Process and Also Turkey.

Well, hello out there!
It's Thanksgiving week--my favorite holiday!  I have a lot to be thankful for this year (thanks, 2012!) and I also can't wait to eat the T-Day meal and lots of pumpkin pie and go into a food coma surrounded by my best friends: Heaven!
  But till then here is another blog-post for you all!  I haven't been able to post the last couple of weeks because I've been more focused on writing and I'm not posting that stuff.  However, I got such an amazing response from my last post all about my process I decided I will focus more on that in the next few posts.      So I've decided that I will make a new illustration every couple of weeks and keep track of my process for you.  I would do more than that but it's not like I can click a button and take a picture of what's in my head--it takes time!  And switching between the writing side of the brain and the drawing side of the brain is not that easy or comfortable so if I'm writing then I tend to just write and write and not draw much during that time.
  But I digress....This week I decided I needed to focus more on conceptual art for Hero's Journey so everyone can see what I'm talking about!
  So After flipping through some Art History books, because yes, I'm a nerd, I found myself drawn to Northern Renaissance Landscapes and I loved how they played with space, perspective and atmosphere.  Plus I loved their textural and color choices.
  Here is the sketch I came up with after that:
This is a decent sized sketch, about 3" by 3".  Very sloppy, you see?  Think of it like rough notes, all I need are reminders of where things go.
Then, of course the actual drawing happens.  I didn't stop to scan and save my penciled lines for you this time--sorry!  I though about it but I had a really good momentum going so I just went ahead with the inking which you see here:
Wow, so busy.  If I wasn't going to color this I would use the weight and texture of the line to create depth.
  The next steps are all about coloring and this time I wanted an Autumnal theme. "Hero's Journey" is told visually in a lot of ways and one of those ways is through the changing of the seasons. When the reach Sayid's (the giraffe) Palace (See that palace, just tantalizingly out of your view?) it is early Autumn and they have been travelling for a couple of months, now. Orehn, (the snake bunny) has just joined them and, as yet, his motivations are obscured. That's why I blocked him with the tree branch. I'm deep like that. 

Here's the next step:
I don't know about you but I find these black lines to be so flattening and distracting.  Some people like it,  so, I don't know...?

 Since I didn't save my pencil drawing I decided to show you this thing I do that I think is really fun.  When I'm trying to see if the colors are working well I click off the layer with the lines.  I should still be able to see the image fairly clearly without the lines or else the color needs more work.  So here is what the image looked like without the lines:

I love it!  I can totally see everything, which means I am ready to color those hideous black lines and finish this up.
And so, friends, Voila!  The final image:

One of my favorite images.  I love these characters and I love this story. 
  And so, how long, you ask, did it take me to create this image?  Well, I work fast so it only took me 4 days.  There were two nights in which I dreamed of just painting leaves.  All night--I woke up thinking, oh yeah, I painted leaves all night....and that's when I know I've achieved something--and THAT is an amazing and delicious Thanksgiving Meal that I'm really looking forward to.

Well, I will be back next week with some new stuff.  I have another vacation coming up!
Be well and be grateful, my American friends.
  Everyone else be grateful, too, come on!!!!

Thanks for visiting my little spot on the web!


Monday, October 29, 2012

10.29.12 Process...

Hey there!
I've had another very productive week, which is fabulous!
  This week I had the urge to make this image of Rapunzel/Rampien, whatever you want to call her.  Off and on--mostly off-- I've been illustrating images from fairy tales.  Since I grew up reading Grimm's and Hans Christian Anderson, I have a lot of those images in my head--this one really wanted to come out so I said, Fine! Let's DO this.
  I decided, this week, to focus on showing you my process so I actually saved this piece at crucial points in to show you step-by-step how I work.  I could go a lot into Northern and Southern Italian Renaissance Painting styles here but I won't because I talk about art history too much.  I'll just say this about my process: I am a planner and by the time I actually start drawing the final image, I've drawn that image at least 3-5 times before. Sometimes many times more--but the more often you draw something, the better and faster you do it!  Just like the Northern Italian Renaissance Painters, by the time my "brush" hits the "Canvas" I know where everything will go and what it will look like when it is finished.
  Here is an idea of what I'm talking about:
This is the original sketch in my sketchbook.  It's a small thumbnail, only about 3 inches by 2 inches. Sometimes these are so small and scribbly that I'm the only one who can tell what is going on. I liked this image so I decided to move forward with it.

The next thing I did was blow the sketch up and use it as a guide to draw this "study".  I usually don't clean my lines up much more than this unless it is something very intricate.  I like to think of the inked lines as the "muscular structure," if you will, and this study-drawing as more of a "skeleton," I suppose.  That would make the final top-image, the "skin," of course.

After I've moved past the sketching/planning phase of the process, I begin the execution part of the process.  To me, these next few steps here are pretty brainless because all of the planning is already done, I can basically go into auto-pilot from this point on--until I get to the more detailed coloring, of course.  Here's the next couple of steps:

These are the final inked lines.  I decided to be very minimal with the lines, as far as difference in thickness, and let the color do all the work  in creating depth.  In the end you won't really be seeing these lines all that much.  But I love the hair!  Love it!!

Here's the part right before I start coloring the black lines.  I'm sure you agree that these blacks lines are harsh and flattening.  Ugh.  Gotta get rid of that....

So that's the end of the part where I don't have to think.  From this point on is like painting only without have to make a huge mess and spend all day mixing paint to get the shade just right.  Digital painting is vastly superior to the real thing: cleaner, faster, brighter, more forgiving--less wasteful, too!!! It's the whole package, really.  Well, here is the final image (or about 98% final, anyway..)

I love this image.  It's exactly what I saw in my head--so much so it's uncanny.  
I spent a ridiculously long time on that hair.  I'm not going to tell you how long, but there was definitely a point when I asked myself if this was it?  am I going to quit?  Then I said NO--I will conquer this hair!!  And then I did, end of story.
   There is a ton-A TON-of symbolism in this image.  I would tell you what it all means, but that would ruin the mystery for you, wouldn't it?  If you look and and pay attention I'm sure you'll at least pick up on 1 or 2 of the hidden messages.
  Well, I hope you've enjoyed this peak into my process.  I enjoy ..... processing?  hmmm, that sounds a little weird.  Well, I'm off to go "process" another thing into this world.  My work never ends.
 (I wouldn't like it any other way, though!)
Thanks for visiting!
See you next week

Monday, October 22, 2012

10.22.12 Another day, another drawing

Hey, out there!

Welcome back to my studio!
  I have had another very productive week, which makes me oh so happy!
I worked more on "Hero's Journey" and, so, I have more pages to show you that are fully colored--lucky you!  This time I'm posting them next to their inked lines because, as you may be aware, I love to see the difference the color makes.

Page 4

Page 5

"Hero's Journey" is coming along nicely, very smoothly.  I am very happy with the overall look of the book and I can't wait to get to the meatier parts.  Speaking of that, I have more scripting to do...

Also, sometimes, I draw just for fun, just to relax or loosen up before I start something bigger.  When I'm just doing some free-form art I tend to draw faces and animals.  ... just like the cavemen ... hmmmm....Well, I'm a big fan of the really early Geometric-style,  pre-Hellenistic Greek pottery.  I know that's a lot of words and I'm not trying to sound pretentious but sometimes that's hard when you are talking about Art History.  The point is, I love how they stylized the animals then and that's been a huge a influence in how I've simplified animals, stylistically, in my work.  Here's some idea of that, mostly in the bird and the bunny.

I'm always happy when a spider shows up--they are good luck...for artists anyway.

I also love fairy tales and folk lore of all kinds so when I'm drawing just for fun, guess what I gravitate to?  I was thinking a lot about the story of Rapunzel:

I liked the sketch so much I decided to finish it, so I put the final study up next  to it.  I just made an illustration of Rapunzel for the last coloring book I did but that was a comedy and I've always thought of Rapunzel as a very sad, sad story, so I felt unresolved at the end of that one.  Now, I've gotten the real Rapunzel image out of my head and I'll be sleeping better now.
  I will have the finished colors up next week--promise!

Well, thanks for stopping by the studio!  I'm off to talk a nice long walk by the River to enjoy Minneapolis in the Autumn! (it's going to be winter so soon.)
 Have fun out there in the world!

Monday, October 15, 2012

10.15.12 Rabbits and Hyper-Intelligent Squirrels...also a wedding!

Hey there, out there in world!
I am back from a super fun trip to NYC and CT to be a bridesmaid at my big sis's wedding--the MOST fun I've had since last year when I was a bridesmaid at my twin sis's wedding.  What can I say?  We know how to have fun.
  But did you think all that excitement and dancing would stop me from drawing?  Are you crazy?!  My passion burns with the intensity of a thousand suns gone Nova!  (I wish I was joking about that sometimes...)  I actually got so much work done I amazed myself!  But most of what I was doing was writing and I'm not going to post my script, obviously, but I will post some of the sketches that have come out of it and I'll tell you a bit about the story--just enough to make you want more...
  Some of you out there who have known me for a very long time know that I've had this idea for a long time:  Rabbit St. Cloud, her hyper-intelligent squirrels and the Dystopic-Utopia they create "together."   But it wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that the final pieces fell into place.
 Sometimes inspiration comes when you are least expecting it.  For example, I was recently sucked into a conversation that I didn't want to have about entropy and since then I've been obsessing over the concept (don't get me started, okay, because there's a novel's worth of things I have to say about that!)  but suddenly, amid all this thinking, I realized that this was the over-arching, central theme of Rabbit's story:  is there a purpose to life or is this all there is?  I don't think I'll be getting that answer anytime soon so I'll just make a comic about it! There are a lot of other morals and twists, of course--this is an EPIC tale--but, really, this is the main point of the story.
 Oh wait--there's also zombies in this story and they have hot-pink glowing blood. You know you want it :-P
 I wrote out the entire plot layout in a day!!  No, that doesn't normally happen and yes, it was really fun.  I love this story and I can't wait to share it with all of you but unfortunately comics and stories, in general, take a lot of time and work to bring into this world so you will have to be patient, like me, and let it unfold as it will--also it's 2nd in line to Hero's Journey... I'm not so patient so I'll be drawing it really fast when the time comes. :)  Also, until I start full-on working on it, this will be the most of Rabbit you will see.....

I know this looks like the White House but it isn't.  This was my first vision of Rabbit's estate.  It's based on American monuments, which means it will have a Grecian  theme with a little twist of Egypt to the architecture--but the inside is Rococo which will make a lot of sense (if you know your Art History)  when the story starts to unfold.
Rabbit St. Cloud is definitely not the most trustworthy person.  I think of her a lot like post-plague Justinian, or  a little bit toned-down Old Tiberius--only if they were really convinced they had good intentions, that is.
 Do you NOT know who I'm talking about?  Jeez, study up on your Roman Emperors....though, technically, Justinian was Byzantine....Still counts as Rome in my opinion.  The point is, she has a creepy, thousand-yard stare I'm trying to get down.  I'm close.  so close!
I know these squirrels look really cute and you may be thinking  "I wish I had some cute little squirrels that would give me all the answers and direct my career to its acme....sigh..."  All I have to say to that is this:  don't listen to a word they say!!  If they even start talking, it's already too late for you.

I hope the Rococo elements are coming through in this super-rough sketch--this is Rabbit's office.  It's her throne room, her sanctuary and she has this giant window she can survey her lands through.  She's a bit like Yertle the Turtle in that way. She also has a super ornate and amazing skylight which is not pictured here.

And here are the real stars of the story:  The insidious and hyper-intelligent  mutated squirrels: 6-Legs, 2-Heads and 2-Tails.  6-Legs is the ring leader of the gang.  I can't wait to show you them in color--they are pink, orange and green.  But the pink one is a boy so take that, society, and your dumb gender/color associations!!

I'm so excited about this story but don't worry, I'm still focused on "Hero's Journey" because that one has a lot of forward momentum right now.  But Rabbit St. Cloud is the next in line and by the time I will sit down to actually produce pages for it, it will come out really fast because everything is already laid out.  See how that works?  Foresight.

Well, thanks, again, for visiting the little internet extension to my studio!  Be by next week for more fun times.  I will leave you with this picture of me flying in Times Square because I love it!  I love Times Square and I love Broadway and this pic captures just how I feel every time I'm there!  I know, I'm such a cliche but  I can't be super original in every single little way--that's just exhausting.  And look, the Lion King is right there and on the other side that you can't see is the Disney Store so I'm positioned perfectly in the square to be surrounded by Disney!

Well, I've exhausted myself this week and I need a nap. That's how I know I've been a good artist. :-)
 Here I come, sleepy-times--I earned you!
Till next week!

Monday, October 8, 2012

10.08.12 Hero's Journey

Hello there, out in the world!
I am about to leave for a trip to NYC--WOOT!!! but before I catch my cab I decided to add these new images for Hero's Journey to my blog for you--I know, I'm so thoughtful!

Here are some conceptual images--more to come, of course:

This, above, is obviously Hero.  The pink roses represent his earnest and pure passion for life.  This is when he just sets out so he's not too sure about things, yet.

 This is Sayid Kilik, Hero's sidekick.  He is one of my most favorite characters and here he is playing Mozart's "Magic Flute" on his own magic flute....but just between you and me, it's not really magic.
This is "Orehn", the shadow self character.  He seems cranky, and he is, but he's an alright guy....but just wait, okay, because things get a little weird towards the end!       

I promised you that I would share the process for the first 9 pages and I will not forget that promise.  Here are pages 2 and 3.  Why not page 1, you ask?  The answer is that I'm redoing that page and adding a couple of aspect to aspect shots that will introduce the surrounding countryside more effectively.  Trust me, it'll be way better when that way.

Here are the colors, preliminary and may possibly be tweaked or changed, but I'm very happy with them thus far:

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 Well, after one very productive and inspiring week I must sign off and take a break as I go off to have an amazing time in NYC.  There's also my sister's wedding and that will be fun but I'm going to see "Chicago" on Broadway and I have a really cute skirt for that and I'm really excited! YAY!  The wedding will be fun, too. :-)  Well, on that note, it's time get going.  I hope you enjoy Hero's Journey, as always please contact with any comments or questions! More work next week--but probably only sketches because I'll be traveling.

Monday, October 1, 2012

10.01.12 Where did the summer go??

Well, the summer is over and I didn't have a chance to post!  That is because I was insanely busy working on 2 coloring books and a set of Posters for the Columbia Children's Theatre and The Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis.  I wasn't allowed to post much until now so here are my favorites from the coloring books.  The first are Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

This is an image for Pinocchio.  I had no idea how dark that story was and I have to say... I like it a lot better now that I know.

 What illustrator doesn't want to draw Alice?  How lucky am I?  This one is getting colored and going up on my wall.  The first of many. (:

It's obviously a treat for any illustrator to work with such classic characters and these were such so much fun, I saved them for last in order of production.  These next illustrations were also quite fun  but  a bit more of a challenge.  I wanted to keep the Seussian elements as clear as possible without losing my own style...not quite as easy as you'd think but the results are quite pleasing:

So now on to the biggest challenge of this project which is to take an original script and, with no input from anything or anyone else, completely design a look for the characters, the set and the feel of the show.  Also, keep in mind that this is a musical and all I to work with was the lyrics, no music!  A daunting task?  Perhaps, but creating whole worlds and populating them with myriad complex societies is something I like to do for fun so, of course, this is a perfect challenge for me.  "The Buccaneers" opened at The Children's Theatre in Minneapolis on Sept. 11, 2012 and runs til Oct. 21, 2012--if you are in the Minneapolis area you should check it out!  After seeing the play, I must say that I captured the feeling of it quite well, especially considering how little I had to work with, so if you like this image then you will LOVE that play!

So, now on to the posters.  I decided to show you the final colored image right next to the black and white because I love the difference the color makes.  It's almost a completely different image!  (Color Theory, I love you!)
 Who, who has known and loved a child, has not read "Goodnight Moon?"  
I have it memorized--surprised?-- and, needless to say, I was very happy to work on this one.  
People who know me can tell you I'm not a very "pink" girl and  I have never made anything this pink in my life!  But I'm not afraid of a challenge and I feel certain that conquered that color. 

"Rapunzel".... I think it's pretty obvious how much fun I had with the hair.
"A Year With Frog and Toad" is one of my very favorite plays!

And yes, there are more but you will have to check out Columbia Children's Theatre's website and Facebook page if you want to see the what is coming out next!

Well, as you can see I've had a very busy and very fun summer that flew right by.  I can't wait to work on this project again next year!  Also, my website is going through a major over-haul this month and will return much better than before the following month.  You'll just have to hold tight til then.
Stay posted for new "Hero's Journey" art.....