Monday, January 25, 2010

clumsy


An oldie for this week's Illustration Friday. I wish I had time to do a new one, but it's looking to be a busy week for me. This was a little experiment in adding some realistic objects in with some illustrated ones and it wasn't so easy, as I had envisioned it to be! That's why this was a one and only little experiment. I admire illustrators that can do this kind of thing well, like Lauren Child, but I don't think it's my forte. It fits the theme well and is kind of funny, so here it is again.

I'm working hard on getting some of the sketches from my dummy book colored in time for the SCBWI conference in April. As some of you may remember, I was recently involved in a SCBWI event called the Great Critique, where I shared my dummy book with fellow authors and illustrators. The most important message I came away with from that was to edit. Everyone felt the story was too long. So, I went back to the 'ole keyboard and cut and reworded, with the help of my friend and mentor Karen Schmidt. She gave me such great advice and encouragement to keep going.

The other thing I came away with was I needed to do some of the pages in color. None of the people that attended the critique had ever seen my work and I neglected to bring anything with me that showed my style. So, that was my fault, I'm still learning the ropes in the 'ole children's publishing world. There are a lot of rules and things to remember, it's a bit crazy sometimes.

Anyway, I won't be able to show my whole dummy book at the conference, but I am going to be able to meet with an publishing house editor or well known illustrator and show some of my finished pages.

9 comments:

justdoodleit said...

Nice! I like the emphasis on cookie jar :)

Jack Foster said...

Woaaaa! I think I saw my kids pull off this stunt when they were little. :o) Your portrayal it perfect! Nice work Nina.

k.h.whitaker said...

very nice work I like the limited use of color and pattern

Ellen Byrne said...

very cool combination and technique!

Rina Alcantara said...

All for the sake of a cookie! :)

Anette Heiberg said...

Nice! I like your experiment with mixed media!

Alissa said...

This is great! Good luck with your dummy book!

Amy C said...

totally cute and I really like the photo effects you used especially those pajamas!

life without novacaine said...

Very clever. . . love the realistic chair with your illustration style. Fun!