What I love about Lizzie is her smirk. You can just tell that this beastie is up to something. She has a half smile suggesting that what she’s up to something a little of the sinister nature. I gave her a few freckles and warts, as her character has been on a few adventures in her life and has seen things.
Her choice of hair is a tumble of thyme that will over-flow and hang in her eyes if looked after. She would make a wonderful addition to any kitchen window. Thyme loves to be pinched for adding flavors to your dishes.
For my new Twitter/Google+ header I thought doing a series of movements of a character would be a great way to fill up that rectangle space, which got me to pull out some books I have on animation. While I was reading through, brushing up on all the fantastic tips and techniques, it got me thinking of how there is an overlap between doing illustrations and Yoga, two of my favourite hobbies (and soon to be professions as I will be doing a Yoga teacher’s course next year – very excited!).
So what can we learn from drawing and Yoga?
When you watch a Yogi doing sun salutations, they will inhale when their bodies expand and exhale when their bodies contract. So for example, if they go into a cobra pose, they will breath in and expand their chest. They might afterwards bend inwards, lift their hips, lean forward, touching the ground with their feet and hands while exhaling and go into downward dog pose.
In illustrating we must do the same. Illustrations should never be the phase between poses, it should be the pose. So characters must either be breathing out and squashing, or breathing in and stretching. When they stretch, their full body goes into it. If they were to point it wouldn’t just be a finger, it would the finger, the hand, the arm, the shoulder, the whole moment. If the character jumps, they would stretch as they flew in the air, and then squash as they land on the ground. Continue Reading
A lot of people like to use the excuse that they don’t have the resources to start great art projects. They don’t have the paints, the portfolio bag, the mannequin, etc. Well, you might remember me blogging about how I attended a workshop recently where we painted with coffee? It seems this isn’t a unique thing. There are artists out there who just use coffee to do amazing illustrations. Which means that if you are one of those who look at paper and say ‘well I would paint, but I don’t have those expensive Windsor paints yet, then I say forget about the paints, make yourself a cup of coffee and get inspired.
I used to love drawing fun monsters, until Monster’s Inc came out. My favourite monster I used to draw, looks pretty much like the main character, with blue fur, warthog tusks and top heavy. I might almost feel obliged to sue, but if you think about it, what I have described – other than the blue colour – could pretty much describe most of the monsters in ‘The Wild Things.’
Which brings back the concept that there is no such thing as unique, really.