Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Dragons treat

August 3 2009 - I finished the color for "the Dragon's Treat."

It's painted with gouache and watercolor on illustration board.
I've decided that I like watercolor board better.
The illustration board surface gets rough when a lot of water is used.

July 24 2009- I received some more comments from the SCBWI forum and made changes to the image and went to tight line art.

Next is to start to figure out the color.
I plan on doing a color wash over the whole image with watercolor and then going in with gouache to do the rest of the color.
After that I'll probably go back over the line work and give it more variation.

July 23 2009- Ok, I have reworked the rough after receiving comments from the SCBWI forum boards.
Here it is.

I made the image space larger to give the dragon some breathing space and show more of the balloon.
I also added in the tail.

July 22 2009- This is my rough for another possible portfolio piece.
It's a boy and his grandma feeding a dragon his favorite treat...Oreo cookies.
Grandma's got a purse full of them. I think I'll have some sugar packets and stuff falling out of the purse as well.
I'm still trying to decide if the dragon will be a boy or girl.

I know it's really rough, but if you see anything that stands out as "wrong" or have an idea that will enhance the work, let me know.

Depending on how this turns out, I just might use the grandma and boy as the focus of the next batch of drawings.
I think I'll add a little dog as well.


Nadya Slenders said...

You're work is very inspiring!


Mighty Kwan said...

Little dogs always hit the spot! LOL! Can't wait to see how this progresses!!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Robert!! These illustrations are just plain magic! OMG!!! How fabulously delicious are these. I love the color and the your style is just amazing! I find your work so uplifting as well. Great work you do!!! You asked about joining watercolorwednesdays. If you look on our side bar at WW there is information on how to join WW. Just follow the instructions and you should here from Linda soon. She will then send you the link invite which will let you upload your artwork to the site. If you have any problems please feel free to email me at Good luck to you my friend and hope to see your work on WW. Have a great weekend.

Cyn Narcisi said...

It has been wonderful to watch the progression from start to finish! It's really beautiful and will make a great portfolio piece! I want those cookies! Oh yeah, I'm followin' you now!