Updates…More Illustration for Children

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It’s been over a month since I’ve posted here. Several things are going on.
The agent I’ve been working with has kept me busy with several assignments.
Here are a few illustrations from the last project. I was really happy with
the way these kids turned out. I did 12 finished illustrations over the
Labor Day weekend. Fun eh?


These were done a bit differently than a few of my recent posts. The
sketches were done on plain paper and scanned in. After getting approval I
changed the opacity level to 10% in the layers menu and printed it out on
smooth Bristol using my trusty Epson Pixma 1500. This time I used just
gouache for the bulk of the work. Followed up with some fine detail work
using a terra cotta and then black verithin colored pencil. Finally I went
though with white for the highlights.


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One of the differences with these illustrations is that I used a very light tone throughout and it made a big difference. My illustrations tend to get dark at times so it’s nice to make some progress. I look forwardto applying it in my fine arts as well.


This is for a project earlier in the month called “Squid attack” All the cool kids are doing squids attacking whales so if you haven’t done yours get on the stick.


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The sketches came back from the publisher, and I’m working on finishing those up in the next few days. It’s been a real scramble. It took me several months to finish the illustrations for The Three Armadillys Tuff and even more than that to finish the Ring Bear. I see it as a challenge to come up with a style and technique I can produce efficiently. I’ve scanned in a few illustrations as I work and will post in the next week or so.

In the meantime, here is a quick painting I did for the Fringe Festival. She will be on display during business hours at the offices of DC Economic Partnership (1495 F Street NW) from 7/17 – 7/30.

Girl in a Room Series
#1: Alice Changes the Light Bulb
acrylic and gouache
30″ x 60″


The premise is that Alice was institutionalized after returning from Wonderland and is there to this day, pining after Tweedle Dee and obsessing about being mad. It could also be a metaphor for living here in DC, but you didn’t hear that from me.

If you click the image or here, you can see her writings a bit more clearly.