After some recent revisions, I made a few more color illustrations of my favorite anti-hero, Bad Balloon.
JUMP is a project that I worked on a couple years ago. I got some great feedback from an editor, but then I needed to take a break from it and let the new ideas germinate. I’ve pulled it off the shelf and am working on it again with energy and enthusiasm! I LOVED painting that bee. The water in the pool (below) was a bit challenging for me. I don’t paint a lot of swimming pools, so I had to research and decide what approach I wanted to take.
For one of my newer projects, I’m working with a loose, energetic watercolor style. This dog is on the run and I want the illustrations to capture that energy.
These two illustrations were made for my current work-in-progress. I don’t normally go super realistic, but after discussing the project with my agent, he thought the previous illustrations (unseen) were too stylized. Now we’ve heard from someone else that these may be too realistic, so I’m off to find a happy medium. Still, I kinda love them. Creating samples like these take a lot of work, so it can be frustrating not to use them, but every piece of art I make brings me closer to the characters. It’s all good.
I had a project going about an indoor cat who escapes outside and gets killed several times before learning the ways of the wild and making it back home. Even while making it, I wondered if it was marketable. After showing the project to an editor and getting some valid reasons why it would be a hard sell, my agent and I decided not to pursue this one. But I really enjoyed how the art was turning out. At least I get to show it off here.
For these illustrations, I painted separate watercolor pieces and scanned them into the computer. Then I put the compositions together collage-style. I wanted to work digital on this one so I could play with the opacity on the ghosts. I love the orange/turquoise color schemes in the night scenes.
I recently did a collage series to hang in the children’s department of the Noah Webster Library in West Hartford, CT. It’s a color series, and each color has an animal representative. Here are a few of my favorites.
This story has changed a lot since I first started working on it. Here are some recent illustrations that have already been removed from the story – but I still like them.
I’ve been playing around with different illustration styles because not everyone loves collage and I can do different things.
These illustrations are from a project my agent is shopping around called BAD BALLOON. This naughty fellow is done in watercolor with a loose ink line drawn with my very old, crusty quill pen. I really enjoy the scratchy line it produces.