"But now, concentrating on character development, the artist should take that memorable image and show what has come before, or what will happen after, in another couple of images or vignettes. If art assigners only see one image they don't know for sure if the artist can produce that SAME character again. Will it look right in the next image with a new emotion and interaction? Will the artists be consistent and solid in their characterization, palette and story pacing? Are the artists able to be as strong in drawing, color, and composition beyond the one piece?"
Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sometimes life just feels like a balancing act! Trying to balance family, friends, jobs, home, and the other committments that fills one's life is a big challenge. Trying to balance the elements in my compositions is another kind of challenge on a lesser scale. Here's to a week of finding balance both large and small.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
As usual, here I come straggling in late. Only this time it's with my post. Sorry everyone! Better late than never, non?
I'm Nicole Huot and like all of the other talented ladies in our group, I'm also an illustrator. I received my BFA in illustration back in 2000. A decade later I find myself working on a second degree...only this one is in graphic design. I absolutely love learning new things, but being in school in addition to holding down a job and maintaining a household really takes its toll. My little Etsy shop where I sell my illustrations has been a bit neglected, my art desk is collecting dust, and I haven't been able to attend a meeting with any of my fellow bloggers in quite some time.
However, it is a new year, and that signals a fresh start. (Or at least the good intentions to begin anew, right?) I'll be graduating from my program in almost exactly one year. In the meantime, I'm hoping to balance all the crazy aspects of my life and make time to do what I love - drawing and painting! This blog will be a good (and much needed) nudge in that direction.
Meet witch. She's a character I've been working on. I've thought about names, but haven't decided on one yet. Mostly I've been drawing her in different settings. I find her intriguing and fun to draw. I discover things about her each time I draw her. For example, in this drawing I discovered that she has a thing for fashion. The hat and scarf were ideas from The Sartorialist. Her pointed hat just wouldn't work in this New England winter. Too cold! (It's perfect for October, though.)
Here she is on a rainy September day in Boston:
Other things you may want to know about her:
She likes to tango and spend time at the spa. She is a chef.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
It's exciting to open the new year with a new blog, even if the same old desk is still covered with the same old clutter. My name is Jane Tentas and I've been a member of this group and the SCBWI since 2004. My primary career is teaching art to high school students, but I've always had an interest in writing and illustrating. As a child, I enjoyed drawing pictures for my own stories (usually about pioneers), but what I really wanted, was to be Laura Ingalls Wilder. The illustrations, in the "Little House" books, drawn by Garth Williams are still my favorites. My continued fascination with the "olden days" led me to collect stories from my grandmother about her childhood on Block Island, which happily did turn into a children's book.
I am looking forward to collaborating in this new venture with a great group of illustrators who help keep me accountable to my goals.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I was long overdue for a fresh self-portrait, and what better time to do so than kicking off a shiny-new blog! I thought it also fit really well with this week's IF theme, Renewal. My name is Gina Perry and I work as an illustrator from my home in New Hampshire. I'm learning to balance work and life (on one hip, see above!) and hope to someday be a published author/illustrator of children's books. I've had a lot of interesting detours along the way to this career, but I finally feel like I'm on track. That doesn't make the journey any easier and the women in this group have been my beacons since 2002. Now that we're online as a group I hope we can, in our own unique voices, be a support to fellow illustrators. So hello 2010, and hello Smells Like Crayons!
Monday, January 4, 2010
In the blog tradition, here are ten not-so-random things about me:
- I live in Nashua, NH.
- I grew up in Watertown and Waltham, MA just outside of Boston.
- My husband, son, daughter, and poodle have all appeared in my work.
- I stay inspired by looking at art and design blogs; reading; visiting museums and galleries; observing animals and people; listening to music; and being around other artists.
- Chinatsu Ban is one of my favorite contemporary artists. Illustrators that inspire me include Juliette Borda, Maira Kalman, and Giselle Potter, but there are LOTS of others.
- Gouache is my medium of choice for illustration.
- The Velveteen Rabbit is one of my favorite children's stories. It is about being real and it makes me cry.
- I am addicted to Project Runway. It is about creating under pressure. Ok...sometimes it makes me cry, too.
- My first career was teaching art and I didn't seriously consider a career in illustration until a few years ago. I decided my ideal life would be working as an illustrator/designer and teaching as a visiting artist part time. So that is the life I'm creating.
- Some other things I like to do are bake biscotti, take step and kickbox classes, work in my gardens, spend time with family and friends, and visit cities where the Red Sox play.