Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Art Through Inspiration

Down The Street

Summer vacation means that I have very little time in my studio.  That's OK, because it's great to have my kids home and enjoy family time. 

However, we do get to spend quite a lot of time at the library, which every one loves.  We sign up for the summer reading program and bring home lots and lots of books.

Down The Street

I've always found children's books a huge source of inspiration for my art.  I love to study the illustrations and techniques, especially the non conventional ones.

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This journal page was inspired by the illustrations of Dave McKean, from the book by Neil Gaiman "The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish"

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Dave's works is edgy and punk, and most of his illustrations are for graphic novels and the like. 

Children's books are a wonderful way to expand your creativity and step out of your comfort zone.  Dave's style is not mine, and one I'll probably not adopt, but I love his approach and his use of line.

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This page was done in acrylic, ink, and soft pastel.  Have a great week, and thanks for checking in. xx