Monday, February 11, 2013

A Bad Case of Stripes

It's no fun being sick, but right now I have two sick children at home. Reading books is a wonderful past time for both of them and we have a bookshelf exploding with beautiful children's books.  I get a lot of artistic inspiration from them.

My 7yo was reading this wonderful book by  David Shannon called "A Bad Case of Stripes". She thought this little girl was exactly like her and asked if I could draw one of the pictures out of the book so she could watch. We sat by the fire and I drew this from the book into my journal while she snuggled up beside me and watched.  It is one of the illustrations by David that I drew directly from his book with very little of my own interpretation.  It's a lot harder than you think.

Studying the work of other artists and illustrators is a great way to master illustration, practice technique, and get a sense of your own style, but be sure to credit the author/illustrator appropriately and never claim it as your own.

Faces, bodies and people are definitely not my strength, but they may well be my pursuit in the coming year.  I'm looking to take some classes in this area, and am wondering if any of you can tell me the teachers you would recommend who specialize in faces, bodies, portraits, and people? 

(This page was done in watercolor and ink in my Stillman & Birn Epsilon Series sketchbook. It is a direct copy of an illustration by David Shannon from his book "A Bad Case Of Stripes")

Thanks for checking in. xx