The project I’m doing for the end of this month is going well. I have two more main Illustrations to do and then I’m going to work on little decorative elements and text. I’m going for a simpler style of rendering with these Illustrations because they will look clearer in small sizes and for pattern work.
Pattern work is something I am working on as well because it’s one of my interests within Illustration and art and I’m currently developing a collection of work. I want to make some designs available on Spoonflower as well soon.
I opened a new shop on Society 6 this week selling my designs.
I’m working on some new Illustrations this week for a project I want to get finished by the end of this month. I’m doing some Illustrations for cards based on the theme of “Happy Families”. I chose to do a squirrel family a while ago. I have been doing many pictures of squirrels over the past year or so and I will move on to a different animal after this project is complete (maybe rabbits….).
These are some development stages so far. I’ve chosen to do a simpler style for these because they will be printed out quite small onto business card sized cards- perhaps postcards as well, with a short description of each character on the back. I’m also thinking about making some patterns based on them in the future.
I did a short video a while ago with some of the sketches that went into the making of this project:
I am doing an Illustration activity I found in one of my books: The Bloomsbury Guide to Creating Illustrated Children’s Books.
The activity is called “Happy Families”. It is to create a set of cards showing a family group with at least one parent, a child and an older “person” in each set. They don’t have to be realistic but should have a shared “culture”, ethnic or metaphorical. On the back of the card I have to write a short profile on each character.
This project has gotten me thinking about depictions of different ages, genders and cultural groups as well as roles within the family. It also made me think about sexism in our society. It has also gotten me into reading my history and archaeology reference books looking at families throughout history.
I chose to base my family on squirrels. A little later after reading and researching I decided to do squirrels from an ancient civilization. So far I have sketched designs based on Ancient Egypt.
I have quite a bit more work to do yet on this before I get to a stage where I feel ready to start on “final” illustrations and it will probably change somewhat. I will also have to develop an older character.