Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Christmas Portrait


La Familia

I was commissioned by a good friend to do a family portrait for a Christmas gift to his wife. I originally had some problems getting the children to look like children and not little adults. With the help of my Creative Cup critique friends, I got some pointers to youngen the youngsters:
1.) Big heads, narrow shoulders
2.) Eyes dropped down, make wider apart, and a bit smaller
3.) Big cheeks, big forehead, narrow chin!
4.) shorten the nose

I know it seems like a recipe for drawing an alien...but when you're done, it looks like a kid! I matted it, framed it, and now it's ready to go under their Christmas tree!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Illustration Friday: Help

Snowman and Bird

It's been quite awhile since I made an entry! I've been busy with a book cover project for The Berkley Publishing Group (Penguin Books), a commissioned family portrait collage, and the predictably hectic Christmas shopping and decorating.

I was in the mood to work on a Christmas image and had this snowman cut out and ready to go. The snowman is being quite helpful by holding up the bird's house. Stick arms never get tired. Snowman and Bird is a cut paper and digital collage.

Bird Detail

Snowman and Bird Version 2

I created this second version showing a more helpful snowman...using his scarf to hang the birdhouse. Industrious!