Thursday, February 16, 2012

Illustration Friday: Popularity



The octopus hopes his novel will be as popular as that runaway bestseller about the vampire squid.

Incidentally, I'm also trying to turn this into a kind of embroidered line drawing. Here's my work in progress:


Unfortunately this was the best photograph I could get, but hopefully you can get a sense of what's going on! All those little knots you see on the outside will eventually go away. My goal is to retain at least some of the sketchy pencil lines so that it looks like a drawing, only in thread. I don't really know what I'm doing, though, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Illustration Friday: Suspense


This is a color study for a picture book I've been working on for a little over a year now. The baby's family is paying the cat's family a visit. At first the cat is excited to meet the guests, but he and the baby immediately get off on the wrong paw. Not only does the baby hog all the attention, but he also wants to play with the cat's favorite mouse toy! The nerve of some people! Especially small, wobbly people!

What on earth will happen next? Will tails be pulled? Arms scratched? Will anyone (including the grown-ups) survive the weekend? Hopefully someone will publish the book someday so you can find out!

(Click on this to make it bigger and to see the cat's crabby expression!)