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Camera Brother MFC-7840W

Acrylic ink (sepia)

Created in this Craftsy class

The Art of the Picture Book taught by Shadra Strickland

Unlock your inner storyteller and illustrate a picture book that will captivate children and publishers alike.

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Category Drawing
Subject Study
Material Pen & Ink
Style Other
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. These drawings were done with a "dip" pen. The color is dabbed ink from a stamping pad. The boy is collaged and temporarily stuck on (it's the same boy in both images).

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My husband looked at what I was doing and asked, is that kid still emptying the dishwasher? I'm still flailing around, trying to find a media combination I want to use.

07/01/2014 Flag

Your husband sounds like a funny guy. *chuckle* I think the version with watercolor and ink is too heavy. Your character gets lost. In your studies, you were were working with colored lines against the more solid character. I would consider moving more in that direction. The black line work is nice too, but I worry that it is too much contrast against the characters you have created. Of course, it is ultimately up to you, as to how you want the look of the story to be. Keep playing, and remember, "it's a marathon, not a sprint". :-)

07/02/2014 Flag

I hear ya'. I'm wanting to find a way to make looser drawings for the background, but it seems to be hard for me to make a loose picture made up of rectangular cabinets and drawers. I was thinking maybe acrylic paint markers, which have a fatter tip than the nibs I was using, and which come in colors, might help. Thanks!

07/02/2014 Flag

I added some more attempts. I bought some acrylic ink and used my nib to draw the kitchen. Then I applied the was with the same ink. The boy is badly photoshopped on just to see him on there.

07/05/2014 Flag

For my part, I think this is better than the black by a lot, and I like the drawing with the nib pen a lot better than with the marker that I used originally. Still working.

07/05/2014 Flag

Oh yes, nib pends certainly give a more elegant line than markers. Brush pens are also favorites in my studio.

07/11/2014 Flag