Sunday, September 29, 2013

Ducks! (Children's book piece)

For my illustration portfolio class we were assigned a "children's book" piece.  We could choose any story we wanted - or even make up our own - as long as the final illustration would appeal to kids and was generally friendly.  It took me a day or two to decide ducks would be the perfect subject for me.  I LOVE DUCKS! And my portfolio doesn't have any yet - well, now it does!  I ended up using "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey as my inspiration. His book has 8 ducklings - but my illustration has just 5 little guys.  

This piece went through a lot of transformation from start to finish.  From the start, I knew I wanted to create a contrast between hand drawn (what ended up in the background) and clean sweeping curves with tight edges.  My original sketches had a lot more detail and frilly unnecessary line - which I ended up eliminating.  Well - replacing with textures and color variation. 

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