I want to thank you, Tom, for this class and your patience putting it together. Although I've studied illustration, and in my opinion, should know how it all works, it was an insightful(!) perspective on it. Thank you for all the tips and on your insight about the questions one might face while working on the illustrations. It was inspiring and working on the project was fun.
As a topic, I' ve chosen WEATHER, so my nouns were
sun, rain, rainbow, snow, cloud, umbrella, sun glasses, hail, rubber boots, sandals, snow flake, gloves, hat, rain coat
The more specific approach was then:
"What can I do when it's raining?"
To come up with this question was actually quite hard for me, because the illustrations came up in my mind first and I had to figure out what the linking question for them could be.
The senctences I came up with: - Hiding in a car - There is no bad weather, only bad clothing. - Rescue earthworms - jumping in puddles - dancing in the rain - singing in the rain - be blown away by a strong wind
Eventhough I was pretty confident with drawing the sun, the rain and the rainbow, it took me four drawings until I'd figured out how to draw the snowflake in a corresponding style.
The next challenge were the rubber boots: I wanted to draw a picture of "someone dancing in the rain", so I was looking at photographs of John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever" and Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the rain". But because the drawing of the disco move didn't turn out well and, in my opition, the Gene Kelly-pose is more associated to "singing in the rain" than to "dancing", I decided to start over with my research. Finally, I chose a ballet dancing pose, but instead of the ballet shoes I put some rubber boots on.