Well, I guess this one works for "Remember" since it could be considered historical, right? Anyway, I thought it was about time I did an Illustration Friday since I've been getting the emails for a year!
Well, Janet wanted me to do another tween sample. I couldn't think of any story but "The Goose Girl," by Shannon Hale which I recently listened to on book on tape whilst I was painting. So this sample is kind of based on that, although it could be another story. The thing I really enjoy is that every time I paint, I learn. On this painting, I had a fun time learning more about light, shadow and reflective light and the colors I could use. I not only had a fun time trying to figure out what to use in the skin tones, but I also learned some things about the characteristics of satin. I also had to rework the composition of the whole thing several times. It's hard to make a good novel cover. I had another composition, which I started painting. Then Warren came home from school and pointed out that the composition was pretty "static." (I just love being married to an artsy fartsy). I painted on that painting some more, but finally decided just to start over. I am very glad that I did, because this one works a lot better (although it is far from perfect). I also decided to make it a night scene so I could put that big moon in there. I am really glad I did because I really like the colors I used for the lights and shadows. I looks a lot better than my first attempt. Thats all for now folks!