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Two Take A Trip (working title)

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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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Working on what feels right for me in terms of character sketching. It's hard! I am used to working from life (sketching people etc) so my from life sketches I like, but my more cartoony efforts feel so disjointed! I really like the style of Shirley Hughes and would love to mimic that, but unless I can get my kids to pose in exactly the positions I want I might have to give up. I think she had years of practice as a fashion illustrator and did lots of life drawing from models at uni, not sure I have that degree of skill!! Hmmm...

07/02/2014 Flag

Hi Laura, These are lovely. I do know exactly what you are going through. The trick is, to gather as much reference as you can and draw from both life and your head. What most books don't mention is that 95% of us who work representationally are doing so with a ton of photographic reference. In the age of the internet, it is easy to find poses and expressions that you need. For now, I would try working against reference until you become more comfortable drawing from your head. It does take practice and, more than that, confidence in what you are drawing. That was the key for me. I hope that helps!

07/03/2014 Flag

Hi Sandra, That makes a lot of sense! Thanks so much for the help. It makes me feels lot better about my inability to create a realistic character out of my own head, or to try and become a cartoonist, which I am not so great at. :) I'll definitely do what you suggest and try to familiarize myself with how it feels to draw my kids both from life and photos. Bring on the references! By the way I am loving this course and your teaching style. I think it works beautifully.

07/03/2014 Flag

I am so glad! Many thanks for joining us. Happy drawing!

07/03/2014 Flag

Hi Laura, I love those cheeks in that sketch! I can relate to the struggle of simplified characters. It is hard. For me it is taking a lot of concentration but it seems to pay off in the end. The story can be told with a simple switch in the eyes. (I never tried that until this class.) Best of luck to you!

08/14/2014 Flag