Friday, September 28, 2007

Illustration Friday - "The Blues"



I drew the pencil sketches of my little friend Michelle awhile back. I thought I would go back into them and add some shading for this Illustration Friday topic "The Blues."

At a recent portfolio review I was told that my sketches would work well for inside chapter books and middle grade novels. I'm going to be doing a bunch more showing a little bit older kids in a variety of narrative scenes. What do you think of this style?

10 comments:

Forge said...

How very cute. I wrote a childrens book and am currently working on the illustration for it. I must say, it is not as easy as I thought it would be. Any helpful hints, per chance?

Kristi Valiant said...

Hi Forge,
Thanks for the comment. Harold Underdown's website has a whole section of articles on illustrating for children. I would highly recommend reading ALL of them: http://www.underdown.org/illustrating-for-children.htm
Also, join the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and get critiques of your artwork from professionals at some of their conferences: http://www.scbwi.org
Warm wishes!
Kristi

Melissa Kojima said...

These are gorgeous sketches. I'd love to see what else you do with this style.

Cathie said...

she has lots of attitude and character. i like your style, she looks a little bit foreign. very nice work and good luck with your other books!

NANCY LEFKO said...

she definitely looks blue....even navy blue....great illustration.

michael said...

great sketches. they'd be great for inside a children's book

alex said...

beautiful sketches.

Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

Oh this is lovely. Wonderful sketches...I specially like the one on the top right corner. Beautiful :o)

Ginger*:)* said...

Beautiful Kristi! I think I told you before, I grew up in Evansville. It's nice to know people from "home".
Your work is wonderful.

Nicole said...

Kristi,
I agree with this assessment. Your work shows a maturity that would suit that age/audience very well. That group responds well to poignancy, which is not easy to find in an illustrator. Good luck! I am sending you warm wishes for the perfect fit/book contract! Love the little girl here.