Friday, June 14, 2013


Happy June everyone! I know it's been a while since I've posted, and would like to explain as to why that is. On June 19th I will be moving across the country, from Ontario to Alberta, to pursue a career in sign making. This change has brought with it some emotional craziness, so my art has suffered a bit, but not to fear, because I'm back on track and doing the Illustration Friday work again!

Word of the week was children, so I started drawing babies, and erasing them immediately. I'm not very good at drawing infants. After drawing and re-drawing I finally got to a point on my toddler sketch that I liked. Then it occurred to me that I could do a comparative piece, so I came up with this idea to have a toddler sitting next to an alien toddler, and they could wear shirts with simple graphics of the other species.


After completing my sketch I placed a piece of marker paper on top of my sketchbook and traced the lines with black ink pen.


Next step was to put in a bit more detail with ink and darken the lines. I used the same black pens to make the lines thicker for shading, as well as fill in the pupils.


Next step I took my prismacolour markers and filled in the colours. I decided to leave it simple, with minimal shading to keep it bright and maintain the graphic kind of look.


After uploading all the images to my computer (all of which were taken with my cell phone camera) I brought the coloured image into Photoshop and made some adjustments including a high pass filter and a brightness/contrast layer. This final image looks much closer to the real final product but I couldn't get it to look any less blurry.


So there we are! Children and children are children. Doesn't matter where they're from, who their parents are, or the colour of their skin. A child is a child. Thanks for reading!

"If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children."
Mohandas Gandhi