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Robin, paper doll

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The Art of the Picture Book taught by Shadra Strickland

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I'm still experimenting, but I was hoping for some guidance: First, I have been camping at the library; I love looking at the artwork, and trying to adapt some of the ideas to my project. The ones I seem to like the most use some kind of printing, or collage. I would welcome suggestions of media or more illustrators to check out. Your suggestions so far have been very helpful.

06/25/2014 Flag

Second, I would like to ask about paper. In the paper doll version of Robin (my favorite technique so far; yes I plan to add a face), I used regular card stock. It sucks up the ink so quickly that it becomes slightly soggy and the surface is easy to damage. The four moms and two Robins are on Strathmore drawing paper. It worked fine with the ink, though it is thin, and I'm not sure if the (lumpy) layers might show through in collage. The image showing both Robin and his mom is on watercolor paper. I did not like the way the ink felt on that paper, but I thought you might like to see the whole image that I'm using to practice. So,I would also appreciate any suggestions about paper.

06/25/2014 Flag

Wow!!! This is very exciting! As an alternative to card stock, I would try bristol or a heavier watercolor paper, like Arches 90lb or 140lb hot press. The lighter paper tend to buckle when wet, but if you are using a watercolor block, the paper will remain taut until you are done. I really like the studies that combine both your softer painting and a more defined line, but still utilizing the white space so that your image can breathe (Mom 19, and Robin 1). I'd check out William Pene du Bois and Charlotte Zolotow's book, William's Doll (one of my all time favorites). William Steig is also a great source for you, though he does let his line carry the entire illustration. One other more whimsical illustrator who mixes linework and collage is John Burningham. Check out the Craftsy blog for a recent post on paper. I think it might be helpful for you~

06/25/2014 Flag

Thank you. I will check out the blog post about paper. That sounds like just what I need. In any case, card stock is definitely not high enough quality for this. These are not actually painted. I use stamping ink and homemade stencils for Robin and his mother's face and hair. The details are fine tipped markers that use the same inks. I find my drawings with the markers are tighter than I like, I think because the lines are all uniformly thin. I'm considering trying to learn to use a pen and nib . That's completely new to me, though, and I don't even own the tools. I have so many art supplies. I'm torn between trying to use what I have and letting Robin's story lead me to a new medium. I saw Matt Rota's class on Craftsy. I am leery that I'd need years of practice before I can make the marks I want. I'm OK with a marathon, but I'd rather not embark on a transcontinental jog. Do you have any feedback about that medium? Your dogwood painting is enchanting.

06/25/2014 Flag

90 lb. watercolor paper works nicely - hot pressed.

06/27/2014 Flag

Thank you.

06/27/2014 Flag

I love your characters and the "negative" drawing in your images. I really like the softness of your images. I get that in my underpaintings by using pastels and then washing them with a wet paintbrush. Amount of water determines how soft they get. These are great.

06/29/2014 Flag

Thank you. I have a few pan pastels. I'll give that idea a try.

07/01/2014 Flag