Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I have come to realize over the past few years that I am a chronic fantasy portrait drawer. Basically, that I spend my time sketching portraits of characters rather than situations between characters. I have a love for drawing these kinds of faces. I love vignettes, which is fine, but portrait vignettes tell very little of the story other than what an expression or the lines in a face can tell. But a vignette depicting a situation, even if it only involves one character reacting to something, still tells more of a story and holds more wieght and intrigue in the long run.
So I challenge myself to tell the whole story instead of just how a face reacts to it…
Sunday, March 9, 2008
I have been emailing with author/illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi for several years now and he has remained a constant encourager in my artistic life. I took my family to see the Spiderwick movie on opening weekend and got pretty inspired to get home and do some art. I ended up with this little painting, which I sent to Tony a few weeks ago. He was kind enough to post my art as his Friday Fan Art this past week and had some really nice things to say to me in an email.
I bring all of this up because this is a person who is probably busy beyond what I can comprehend and he has always taken the time to read my emails and give me thoughtful feedback. He sets himself up as a true roll model to me as well as an example of kindness for professionals and I can't say enough about him.
Thanks Tony, I feel like a million bucks!