Tonight I have been pretending it is fall, it's the mildest weather we have had since spring and I am longing for fall, so I maybe that is why I subconsciously chose this sketch to work on tonight. I have been wanting to attempt a more watercolor look for my sketches. While watercolor isn't my strong point, (I'm used to working in acrylics) I have been playing with it lately and I really love the more subtle look. Also 2 things- 1. I excel at line art and my sketch lines generally hold a lot of expression, unfortunately, with a heavily painted look, as I have been doing lately, the lines compete. With a more subtle watercolor look, the pencils can shine. 2. I just think there is more sensibility in watercolors. When I think of children's books, I know what I like. I like me some lovely watercolors on pencil. When I have tried it now and then with success, I have really loved looking back at those pieces that I've done in that style. I think the watercolors show more feeling. I can be tight with the lines and loose with the colors, if that makes any sense.
Well, there you go. Still working on a definite style for children's book art. I have a major project I want to begin soon, and I really need to keep the look consistent from the start to the finish. I think I came close tonight. Yay!
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Thanks for stopping by. I'm a published illustrator working on getting better every day. My goal for my work is for it to be charming, bright and endearing. I share my ongoing work progress online because I welcome all the encouragement and feedback I can get as I try to improve my skills. I currently have a children's book project that I am nearing the end of.