Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Illustration Friday:Worry & Baby,Healing Sketch#16

(Click on image for a closer view)

Text reads:
Gatsby is a cool (and worrisome) baby.
He wears a derby over a busby and enjoys a daily game of rugby.

( Derby: Also called bowler. A stiff felt hat with rounded crown and narrow brim; Busby: A full-dress fur hat of varying shape, worn by hussars in the 19th century and by the foot guard regiments of the British army; Rugby: A form of football played with an oval ball.)

I may have over-thought the rhyme with this one. And I think there's a lot more happening in it as compared to the previous illustrations in this style.
But I had fun doing it and figured I ought to post it before I tinkered with it any more!

I've been wondering about this style lately.
While its a lot of fun to work with, I wonder if it would work when adapted to say something like a children's book.
Also, is it something that could be enjoyed as a print that could be framed and hung?
Or is it limited by all the text?

What do you think?

(Any feedback would be much appreciated, as always!)



PS: Here's another sketch I did a few days back, based on the topic of baby.


Alina Chau said...

wonderful collage piece! V appealing character.

Kristi Valiant said...

I like the collage textures in the background and the lights gray lines. I think those two factors set it apart from looking mass market and brings your style more into the realm of trade picture books. I also like the font you used. I think it could easily be framed and hung. If you want to get into the trade picture book industry, then I would suggest illustrating some scenes with action and using the same character in more than one illustration to show consistency. Very nice work!

Zari said...

these collage like illustrations are wonderful. I think the layout would be great for children books + I agree with Kristi in the idea of trying to illustrate some scenes with action.

Eric Barclay said...

I really like this piece, and really like this style. You have something really special and unique here.

parisa mahmoudi said...

so so so cute!!!
your style is unique!

Glorious Hats said...

Well as for me, am captivated by the hats. Would love to see a book with babies in all kinds of hats. Sort of a nonsense book with each page independent. It would be a fun book for children and also a book many hat enthusiasts would enjoy. A great coffee table piece.

Gronk said...

Fantasticly fun! Love the clouds. :)

sketched out said...

I don't know much about what style would work as a children's book, but this style is wonderful and very original. If not children's books, then certainly spots, or perhaps editorial. But I personally can see this style as a book. Especially the characters themselves. I love them to pieces!

Also, Kristi has some very sound advice about showing action and character consistency.

Keep up the good work!! You're kicking butt.

MayY . C 五月媽媽 said...

I like your English looking baby, very sparkling illo!

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