Thursday, March 29, 2012

Rough Sketches

Here is the illustration I'm currently working on. In this scene, I wanted to show the Big Blue Frog on a date with his girlfriend. They are so in love that they don't even notice (or don't seem to notice) that everyone in the soda shop is looking on in disapproval of their relationship.

The idea was accepted, but the publisher wanted me to zoom out and show more of the soda shop and more disapproving customers. I think the second drawing is so much better - and it's always fun to get to draw more animals. It's been great working with a publisher and art director - each time they push me, the work just gets better.

So far, everything is pretty much from my head. They next step is to photograph models and research the animals and scenery. 

For my MFA friends and family who are familiar with "Duck-Duck," you'll notice him coming into the soda shop. In fact, he'll be on each page of the book which is really exciting and a great way to get my kids excited about this project. For those of you who don't know our famously-infamous family duck - that is for another blog post. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Conceptual Work: Big Blue Frog

It's been a while since I last posted, but that does not mean that I haven't been working. In fact, I have been very busy developing the images and layouts for my newest book with Imagine Publishing entitled, I'm in Love with a Big Blue Frog, by Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) which is scheduled to be in stores January/February 2013. My publisher has been very gracious to allow me to post some of my work as I create it, but first I wanted to show you some of the conceptual work I've done to get where I am now.

Their has been a lot of revisions and start-overs as I have worked to develop the main characters, but the process has really refined the characters into a very lovable duo that I am very proud of. I am constantly reminded of my former professor, Bunny Carter, who always told us it took 50 thumbnails to come up with a good image... and that has certainly been true with this project. But the work has been worth it and it has been a lot of fun drawing and painting these two into the world we have created for them.

Here's a sample of the development process, with the final look of the Big Blue Frog and his girlfriend at the bottom of the page. More to come soon. Enjoy.