Friday, August 21, 2009

Book Dummy - take 2


I posted a different color version of this a couple weeks ago, but since then I decided to experiment with the background color to make the penguins stand out more and also added the white sketchy background.

24 comments:

Connie said...

Someone ought to have taken a bit of caution with the fish tank. The colour is an effective modification.

Anne Jewett said...

And most people only need to worry about the family cat.

I really like the background :). Great illo!

jama said...

Love the penguin with the umbrella!

E. Thompson said...

I like what you did with the background. It makes the characters stand out more.

Cute illo.

thedoodlegirl said...

Oh wow! I really love the penguin that is about to dive in. Such a perfect pose! Nice work.

Ms. Amy said...

that background color is full out gorgeous.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Honestly, Mama how the heck do you work that magic right there???? How do you do it and can I become a student??? This is awesome. I'm not not flatter you either cause this is coming from my gut. this is off the chain fabulous. I love the simple background and it does make the birds stand out more. It's wonderful work! You have to teach me this magic.

Mighty Kwan said...

I thought I knew color fairly well! WRONG!!! Wow your choices have really enriched this illustration! I love how the simple backgrounds give it a sense of space and substance without interfering with the primary foreground. Wonderful work, masterfully done!

Louis said...

Man, I'm lovin' this. I love the way you illustrated the fish tank and the subtlety of the background. The penguins have so much personality to them. This is the work of a true professional. Excellent! Really!

Shirley said...

This is just amazing to me...you are truly a master of color, as well as layout & design. Thank you for inspiring me to work harder!!

Adam Foster-Fahy said...

I much prefer this version! White is always so harsh and unforgiving as a background colour, bleaching everything it touches. This cool blue is much nicer, and helps contextualise the environment for the penguis. The sketchy white linea art background is very effective, evocative of old cartoons but with a contemporary feel.

I love the way that you've rendered the fishtank against the daker background, is looks really good, and nicer for it's wonkiness. Characters are as nice as everm, composition very ncie... seems great to me! Are you gonna have to redesign many other pages to fit in with this new style, or is this the first dummy from your new book?

nessadee said...

I love this illustration! The pops of color really stand out against the blue, and the sketchy, simple background is wonderful.

Indigene said...

We've all said it...IT'S GORGEOUS!

Amy C said...

oh its totally gorgeous, I love the blue, you are so super talented.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Just wanted to say, thanks so much for your encouraging words. They made me smile. I appreciate it!
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Pencil Pocket said...

Wonderful work! It's so lovely to see how it's progressed!

Lynne Chapman said...

This is just fabulous! IThe sketchy background is a great idea and works really well. Love the turquoise blue background.

Lise said...

Your illustrations are so lovely !!

M.M.E. said...

It's so great to meet another illustrator! Your use of color is spectacular. I'm more of a pen and ink person so it always amazes me when I see it used effectively. Feel free to stop by my site and see my newest illustration. Oh, and don't forget to enter my giveaway!

Mia Charro said...

i like the background effect, and the characters are awesome.

wendy w. lee said...

Wow, amazing!It is my pleasure getting to know such a great illustrator like you. your characters, comps, renderings, and illustrating the story are super!!

Grace Werline said...

Your work is great! I love the detail,and your use of color.
From a new writer and fellow Hoosier.

Grace

Katie said...

I'm so thrilled to have discovered your work! I write YA, but I blog with a PB author/illustrator!

That white sketchy background is genius! Love it!

Amberbop said...

Kristi, I love the way this turned out! Poor Nigel!