It’s my third attempt to be accepted into the International Book Fair in Bologna, Italy. To be considered, one must produce 5 original children's illustrations, related in theme or narrative. This year, I decided to go with an edgier look to my art.
I’ve titled the series “Dream of the World” and the one above is “Spirit Guide, The Awakening.” After studying international art all year, some of my new favorite children’s illustrators now hail from Japan, Italy, Poland and the Middle East. The community in my heart and mind is truly global…
I hope I make it in…but even if I don’t, I feel I’m on a new path of discovery. Who's to say where it will lead? Here is a step-by-step of the process I developed, and hope to take further:
Sketch on watercolor paper .........basic colors blocked in.
Everything except line painted out...entire surface inked.
Rinsed, and with fingers crossed......The Big Reveal!!
That last part is wildly wonderful to experience. It can also go very, very wrong….and experiments with this technique were sometimes heartbreaking. After this last step, I paint further with watercolor to give it that spark
So will I make it in to Bologna, Italy in 2014? Time will tell. In the meantime, Viva Immaginazione!!
You can see the other 4 in the series currently on my facebook illustration album or soon at my revamped website.