Let’s get real…this was the one thing I really wanted to learn more about when I sought out this class. I have always imagined Lola (my chihuahua) in her own storybooks for kids. I wanted to learn more about how this industry worked and get ideas. And, I’d say that out of the five weeks of this first part of Make Art That Sells this is my favorite. I love how pictures tell stories. I love the idea of illustrating because it’s all about being imaginative and whimsical.
I’ve been back to work now for about a month and a half. After being self-employed for years it’s been hard on me to make this transition. I get really excited at the beginning of the week to find out about the topic. But, as the week pushes on my energy level depletes. Then, come time for my day off on Friday and the weekend I feel so emotional. Like I am pulling at all ends to figure out the direction I want to go with my project, but mostly how I’ll meet the deadline.
I really wish I could get that out of my head. I do better with deadlines. People say to just focus on the art and have fun. Its been suggested to just go back later and finish things. Of course, I know myself. I would never do that. I would tell myself I’d go back to work on something but I won’t. If I don’t do the assignment within the allotted time it just won’t get done. I am almost 41 years old and I still haven’t managed to master time management very well. Shocker!
Our mini assignment was to draw foxes one day and then hand lettering of a book title the next. I started drawing foxes. They had a “sweet” appearance to them.
I never did sketch the title. Work was a little crazy busy since my boss was going on vacation and we had booked up the schedule before he was to leave. To say I was exhausted each night was an understatement.
But then we got the assignment. We were to draw a book cover based on the Aesop’s Fable: The Fox and the Crow. Upon reading the fable I realized I might have a hard time making my sweet foxes look “sly” as projected in the fable.
I started playing with the word art. I took a Skillshare Class from Mary Kate McDevitt that helped me understand hand lettering and how to scan it in. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to really place my words so I just worked on the two main words and then went from there.
This was my first take:
Yes, it’s cute (no this isn’t a completed version), but it feels too childish for the fable to me. If you read it it sorta feels like a bigger age group might respond better. So, I changed it the next day to something different. I got home from the gym on Saturday and roughly sketched out my idea:
So I cranked away and did a little more hand lettering for the title and by lines.
I’m fairly happy with it. I thought about adding texture to all of the layers, but I don’t believe I would have had enough time. Plus, I’m still not super confident on that. I drew this entirely in Adobe Illustrator – vectorizing some hand drawings on paper. Even though I have been stressing during this course to complete my projects this is the one week that I’ve been the most happy with my final project. I think I’ll work on illustrating a few of the inside pages to include in my portfolio.