So, I just realized I haven't been keeping up at all with my MATS class progress here on the blog. Time to remedy that, and I figured I start with the most recent project: children's books.
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The assignment was to illustrate either a cover or a spread for the folktale, The White Cat. I decided on a spread because the process really intimidated me. I almost never create environments for the characters I create, and it sounded like a fun challenge.
To make the project a bit easier for me, I broke it up into smaller pieces and used Photoshop to assemble everything as I went along. This wound up being a great method for me, since it also allowed me to fix any mistakes I made in the paintings and gave me a chance to add in the elements as I created them and make adjustments to my plan as I worked.
Here are a few progress images of my illustration:
I also thought this would make a fun submission for this week's Illustration Friday topic: whimsical. See, the horse is a whimsical whim-cycle. Tee hee!
Now all that's left to do is make a dozen or so more spreads, send them out to publishers, and get a career as a children's book illustrator on the road. I'm practically there!