I found an illustrator(Rich Pellegrino) who works with portrait. I thought this is an interesting style to share. He uses solid colors(gouache) yet the characteristics are successfully depicted. Hope this could be an inspiration for character style
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Elena Odriozola's bold shapes and delicate patterns make up really unique and interesting characters. I can't get enough.
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Saturday, February 19, 2011
Mind blowing colors! This book, for the most part, consists of many blues, purples, and other cool colors. Then it suddenly takes a turn, and completely surprises the viewer with these second to last two pages. Love how the yellow just screams on the page, it's crazy!
Two examples of plays on type from "My Many Colored Days."
In the first spread, I like how some words are written (and even placed) in a way where they mimic what they mean (ex. "I walk alone" is super small, and isolated on a page... mimics the action of sadly walking alone)
In the second spread, I like how the type interacts with the illustration and implies how it should be read.
I think this illustration gives a great impression of what the main character, Molly Lou Melon, is like. Plus, the frog's expression is priceless.
Really exciting composition! Love the pose of both the characters, and all of the splatter-like details in the background.
Another image from Jon J. Muth's The Three Questions... I thought it was a really great spot... I especially like how the steam of the coffee was painted. The muted colors help set the mood, and the decision to have the green coffee cup complement the boy's red shirt was a good idea!
I like both the character and composition aspects that this piece convey. The character is very endearing, a little cute orange tabby who is (or playing) pirate with his pirate hat with a cat skull on it and his little outfit. The composition has him off to the side but elevated in a dramatic pose. It shows the hull of the ship with a cute little added feature of a fish head as the head piece. I like the stars background giving a hint of the vastness of his travels. The mast and the fish head are both elements that lead your eye somewhat off the page, but more I feel they lead you outward as in the direction the ship is going. I think you are ultimately not taken off because you are leaded back by the arrangement of stars and the opposite direction up and to the left by the cat's sword raised high.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I found this illustration purely by accident just looking around on the internet for children book illustration artists and images. I found this a vary unique way of interpreting the wolf in the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood. His head being bigger than his body is both hilarious and menacing. It also is a good metaphor for an inflated ego. I love the suit, it makes me think of a sleazy used car salesmen. His posture of a "devil may care" attitude on the bench fits with the type of character Mr. Yelchin is presenting to us. It is adding human traits to the wolf, thus I think, making him more devious and cunning.