Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Children of Green Knowe

It's been a while since my last post so here's a second one! This is an illustration for college. It's not finished yet, I've only just begun the colouring process. We've been assigned with coming up for an illustration based on a scene of our choice from the children's book "The Children of Green Knowe" by Lucy M. Boston. I hadn't heard of the book before. I enjoyed reading this one. It's about a boy who moves in with his Great Grandmother for the summer. She lives in a great big, old house. There he encounters the spirits of three children who had lived in the house centuries before and learns the magical history of said house.

This is the scene in which Tolly, the boy, finds the children inside a big Yew tree. The girl, Linnet is dancing with a hare and her dog is trying to get her attention. Here the dog is contemplating what to do to get Linnets attention. He'll soon get up on his hind legs and attempt dancing.

We're learning a colouring technique using Photoshop known as "glazing". I've attempted colouring my pencil work on Photoshop before, but i've never known the proper technique to do it so I'm liking learning this. The top image is the finished pencil work. The bottom one is where I'm at at the moment. Good bit of colouring still to go!


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AY-YOOOOOOOO. Sun! No clouds! It's been a while, it feels good!

Anyway, a tutor of ours told us about this company that's in the process of getting set up. They offer a caricature service. A person sends in their photo and some information about themselves and they receive a caricature based on that. They're looking for artists so a few of us in the class sent in some examples of our work. It's not something I normally do, but I was interested to see how they'd turn out. It was actually fun enough to do.

These are the two I submitted, one of Oscar Wilde (top) and one of Leonard Cohen (bottom). I used photo reference for these sourced from Google images. I've included the original photos below. unfortunately I don't seem to be able to find the photographer's names.