Friday, September 05, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Clutter"

Here is an illustration I drew for a classroom textbook assignment earlier this year.

If you haven't read my new article in the SCBWI-IL's The Prairie Wind, click here. It's all about surviving the dreaded professional "dry spell" freelancers face. I am now officially a regular contributor to "Illustrator Tips".

34 comments:

  1. I like your drawing and the sentiment! Soon there will be corners which are beyond retrieval!

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  2. Love your drawing and your illustrator tips! I'm going to be reading your articles more often.

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  3. Very cute and just perfect for the prompt.

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  4. What a fabulous illustration! Loved reading your article too. Such great info!

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  5. You are great, Kate. And your illustration as well your article too, of course.

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  6. This drawing is beautiful and fits the topic for the week perfectly. Will definitely have to check out your article, thanks!

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  7. I'm always so impressed with how you capture people, this is a wonderful example...very jealous!

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  8. You did a beautiful job on this and perfect for this theme :)

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  9. Wow this is so great!!! I mean really excellent work. I really like the feel and composition. The pencil work is just marvelous!!! I can tell you enjoyed doing it.

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  10. good take on the IF theme.
    I want to check out the Illustrator Tips then, give me more on line tutorial.... improve my drawing skills!

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  11. I'm so behind in my readings but I always get a kick out of seeing your name!
    Love the illo too :)

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  12. Kate, your work is always beautiful. I love the portrait quality of your figures. I was wondering, do you use models or are they all from your imagination? I love how you portray various ethnic groups, too!

    www.indigeneartforms.blogspot.com

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  13. WOW Kate...another wonderful piece...I have been so busy with my brother's Wedding that was magical on Saturday...but I am finally get back into the swing of things!!!

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  14. Congrats on becoming a regular contributor. I'll have to check out your new article.
    Lovely pencil drawing!

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  15. I like this one in graphite. I can't wait to see your book cover from the sneak peeks. :D

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  16. Such lovely detail, did you draw from life?x

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  17. Thanks everyone!

    Indigene & Jess ~ Do I draw from life, photos, my imagination..? All 3 I suppose. Sometimes I use photo references of people, but usually just for a position or a pose. I rarely find exactly what I need when I need it. That is why I actually enjoy working in a whimsical style more than a realistic style because you can use your imagination and no one can tell you something you drew is "wrong". But most of my educational work is done in my realistic style.

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  18. Very perfect for the topic. Great drawn illustration. I feel their pain in cleaning that up.

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  19. wow!! es un honor que una ilustradora tan talentosa mire mi trabajo y le guste!!

    Gracias por la visita Kate!!!

    Eres fantastica con los lapices!!!!!!

    Bendiciones!
    Vilmus.

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  20. very nice drawing! Congratulations on your regular article contributions! I saw one of your little drawings in the last mailing! I felt so cool recognizing you!

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  21. Delightful sentiment! Sweet image, nicely executed!

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  22. mmmmwah! PERFECT TIMING. i just read it as i am going thru it as, gulp...had to do some tattoos last month to make the phone bill. so there ya go. (and nobody ever asks for a "children's book" tattoo design either...always something tribal...ninja. snakes eating bats wearing doc martins. iiiccckkk.)

    this is lovely, kate...i love the tone and sentiment and soft pencil.

    froggie

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  23. Great looking blog! I love the warth to your art especially in the POOF! piece, Routine peace and the snail piece!!!

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  24. Kate, this is great! I too loved the article. I think you should be submitting these to the SCBWI bulletin as well. Then they could reach and inspire so many.

    ( I wrote one that I placed on my website in the ARTICLEs section, that I think helps if you are new to the business.)

    One of the things I like most about this illustration is the concentration of the two children as they clean up the massive clutter. I often see children and grown ups doing the same in our community.

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  25. nice pencils
    your work looks like actual things
    that I see in real life

    (i.e. you can draw well)

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  26. wow...amazing work! I am so glad i found your blog!

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  27. excellent drawing as usual. excellent pencil work.

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  28. Whoa! I'm a big pencil pan, and this is really, truly, I mean incredibly wonderful!

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  29. this wonderful piece reminds me how great it is when kids pitch in...

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  30. What a wonderful article Kate! :o)

    I really like the little snippet you let us see form your work. How wonderful! I bet you are having fun with it. Can't wait to see it! :o)

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  31. This is so pretty! You always have something that fits just perfectly. BTW, I had a hard time finding your blog when it brought me into your site from my blog comment section. You should consider putting a link in your main navigation. If I have trouble, maybe others are having a hard time finding it now too. Check you analytics in google to see if that's the case.

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  32. Very nice once again... your tips are always great too!

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  33. I've got to get over and read your article... I've been seriously slacking on visiting and reading. Really need to get back because it's so enriching and inspiring to visit everyone, especially your wonderful art! This illo is pretty much dead on for the theme and, as usual, perfectly executed.

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