First we have to look at a special penguin called 'Gwen' and then see the result of her rock nesting which is a maverick little penguin called Piper. Piper is up on the right looking down at mom and also over on the left calling out to her to watch him fly off the edge of the icy crag!! That's him also zooming towards her on the left top middle.
So where does Watson the faithful and at times rather foolish beagle come into the story? That is what this posting will concern itself with over the next 30 days. Illustrations always tell a story...this one has just started...why not start yours?
PS Watson was done on my wacom board. Always good to combine the best of both worlds when you illustrate.
So here are a few 'moods' I captured during watsons last visit. I downloaded the pencil sketches into my software and did some editing and cleaning. You can see where i left a grey dot on his bottom jowl on left. It's a rough or should I say 'ruff'.
I think I'll do "piper' coming out of an egg like this. I'll make the egg look a little rocky with some spatter technique.
Since it is winter all the time where Piper lives I could give him a cap of some sort and have him holding his 'ice board' instead of a candle. See how this seasonal idea can be adapted to suit the purpose of another illustration. Make your characters simple enough so they can easily be adapted for another purpose.
Illustration Tip: Start with the most basic and the least number of lines to say what you want to say. Then start to add details.
Make a great cake and then put the icing on!
Now depending on your audience give it some character. This one is for kids ages 3 to 8.
Know your audience. This is for ages 10 and up.
Here is the rough and the finish is below it. A perfect method to completion is - Draw it, download it, refine it. I use a very simple graphic program with my wacom board called Paint.net. Free and simple ( not for Macs) and a great place to start. There are lots of choices now for illustrators but some have big learning curves.
Back to Piper and Watson now. I'll post the 'Idea' page for the story in a few days.
"KEEP ILLUSTRATING" Ron
PS Just found the download I was looking for below. Far right is a great start for 'Puppy Watson" Just needs a little nose and snout work.
Here is my Idea Page.I'll use all these scenarios and develop them into some finishes illustrations.Then i'll load them into a class on my Artabet website for teachers and students.