Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ta-Dah! My latest books.

My new books have arrived! Looks like they will be out in stores just in time for Christmas! Yippee! I am really happy with how the colours have come up (sorry for slightly dodgy photos.)
The main characters are on a little ribbon and you move them onto each page as part of an interactive play element to the books. Cute huh?!

So far the only place I have spotted them is online here. Mum says she's already seen them out in the shops so I'll have to keep an eye out!

Another of my new books from different publisher has also arrived and I hope to get organised enough to share that with in the next few days! There's so much going on at the moment that I still have more exciting news to update you with too, so stay tuned!
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Illustration techniques

I've had a helper this week. It's startling how natural she looks!

Despite the odd interruption it's been quite a productive week.
On the book front we are still working through the final look of the main character. The first drawings were too young for the age group, then next batch of reworked sketches were still too "cute" looking, but this latest batch look much more fun and age appropriate so I am just waiting on feedback from the publisher before going to the next stage. I love all the back and forth of working with publishers. Sometimes you nail it all fist go and other times you get pushed in a different direction, but I always find it makes the final result so much better.

So I this week I have swapped projects and moved onto a home decor based job that has been ongoing for a while. I've had a lot of fun trying out new techniques and styles.
This latest look is a variation on the "live trace" approach I applied to some characters that I shared with you in this post.

First of all, I painted up a few different textures using the side edges of some thick cardboard dipped in paint and stamped onto paper.

I then scanned the page into the computer and using the "live trace" function again in Illustrator I was able to turn the art into vector based shapes that could then easily be coloured and applied to images.

You can layer it up to create pattern and texture, or use various masks to fill shapes.

By simply applying it over the top of this image it's helped to create a bit of added interest.

Or by masking it into various shapes and colours you can get a lovely textured feel to an image.

Lots of fun!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"I don't know how she does it"

I am sure we all have our "I don't know how she does it" moments, but let me share mine with you now.

First of all, the good news is that I sent off all my page layout roughs for my latest book on time!

But in order for this achievement to eventuate, so did the following:

1. Baby has climbing accident while I am 2 metres from her, checking emails on my laptop.

Look at that bump! I felt sick all week about this one. (She was fine!)

2. Travel around 400km to babysitters (parents) so that I can have a few days in a row to get some work done to meet my deadline!

3. Back in time for swimming lessons, but no time to unpack or tidy up!

Not normally a problem except that we are hosting Mothers Group here the next day!

4. Thanks to the magic of television (controversial baby sitter in this house from time to time!) I manage to clean the entire house on the morning of our Mothers Group hosting.

Had lovely afternoon and managed to create the illusion that our house is always this glorious!

5. Wake up the next morning to discover baby has developed Chicken Pox!

Phone calls to each of the Mums who attended Mothers Group warning of potential plague!

6. At least I found time to buy a great new book:

If only I could find the time to read it!

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