Thursday, January 6, 2011


I thought I would start from scratch (that means blank white Lanaquerelle paper, India ink, Winsor & Newton watercolors) and create some more trial art for ONE BROWN TEDDY.  Instead I did what I often end up doing---I made a couple of prints of my earlier version, on cheap copy paper, and started fooling around with the addition of Crayola paints, Pilot markers, a stray pencil or two.  Somehow the poor reproduction, the crummy paper, the drugstore materials, is very relaxing---I'm not ruining my one piece of actual trial art, or trying to be a grown-up "professional" using "professional" materials.  I'm just having fun.  And suddenly---voila!  I've caught a glimpse of how I'll treat the finished art.  And gotten it down on paper so I can refer to it later.  So: Fooling Around Trial #1:
[Color washed out and drab (my printer isn't working right at the moment)---but I like the addition of the line.]

Fooling Around Trial #2:
[I like the color better, though the line has gotten a bit heavy...]

I'll see if I still like them tomorrow...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


I've tweaked my sketch.  It may not look as though there's much difference between the old---

and the new---

---but to my eyes, the changes are enormous!  Now on to creating some trial finished art for this page...

Sunday, January 2, 2011


This morning I decided I wanted to tweak my sketches a bit further before continuing with the trial art for One Brown Teddy.  My current sketch for my piece of trial art:
But now I want to try zooming in closer on this scene, so that the figures are as large as possible without "falling off the page".  I will experiment in this way with the sketches for every page of the book before I go ahead with finished art.

Saturday, January 1, 2011


The old saying is, be sure to start the New Year with whatever you want to be doing for the rest of the year.  I spent much of today with friends and family---hiking, eating, and talking.  A wonderful way to start 2011!  Equally important, I went back today to my current book-in-progress:  One Brown Teddy.  For the past few days I've been working out the media and style that I want to use for the illustrations.  Here is my latest version of Jacob, my little protagonist; his Mom; his one brown teddy; and the family dog---who is never named but who plays a very critical role in my story:
I'll probably make at least one more trial version of this piece before turning to any finished illustrations.  The trials help me iron out any kinks that show up when I am first creating a new style.