The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is having a postcard illustration contest. Each card must incorporate a kite in some way. (The SCBWI’s Logo is a kite) This is my postcard entry. It shows the young dragon Whiff and his friends. I adapted an illustration from a book I am writing and illustrating. As you can see, I have also used this same character on the header on this blog. Whiff hasn’t quite figured out how to use his unique talents.
I just found out my illustration of a young girl dreaming about Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” has been for use on the Mo SCBWI’s Fall conference material. I posted this image a few weeks ago, right after I had entered the competition and before I knew it was selected.
I am thrilled, I now will receive a scholarship to attend the conference.
I do all my sketching in pencil on layout paper. I then scan the pencils and bring them into Corel Painter 12 as a top layer set to multiply. Then all my color work is underneath. Sometimes I use one of the smaller brushes set to colored pencil settings to do the line work, but I still draw best with pencil on paper. I used the pastel and colored pencil brushes for the color on these illustrations. At first I thought I would like the watercolor brushes the best, because that’s always been my go-to traditional media.But the water color brushes really don’t work very well for me. The oil paint brushes are incredible, they can be blended just like real paint. I also like the acrylic brushes and the gouache brushes for flat work. You can also set your paper to be rough like canvas or concrete or very smooth.
The illustration that was selected was actually the third idea I came up with. The first idea that came to mind was a little boy with a space bubble around his head floating over the earth with his dog. Somehow that didn’t work out for me. Then I did a rough color sketch of a little girl sitting by a pond sailing a paper boat, with real sailboats on a lake or ocean behind her. I liked this idea a lot, but never really took the time to develop and finish it because I had a dream one night about another little girl dreaming of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.