I am just about ready to submit the second set of artworks for assessment to the London Art College's correspondence course D6 Illustrating Children's Books.
The first part of each set is smaller and easier, and the second one is a major project.
This time the smaller part of the project was about contrast in scale, ink work, texture and lighting.
For this one the brief was very detailed. I needed to think about some kind of household cleaning product's bottle and imagine it as a building. Next to the building a small creature was needed (person or animal or alien)/ that would intrigue and engage a child but not frighten them. Lighting had to come in from one side, black ink was the medium to be used, and texture had to be used to both differentiate and unite both objects on the A4 page.
Firstly we had to work-up some roughs, and so experiment with the ideas we had.
Here's my sketchbook page:
The bottle to the far right and the bird-like creature under it became the raw ideas for the final artwork. Here it is in its needing to be cleaned state:
And what the final work looked like after it was cleaned up a bit, with the underlying pencil marks removed:
I love doing this kind of ink work, and it proved to be very good preparation for the second (major) part of the project.
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