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Whales need to be very careful about where they play...

Here's a new image from the prawns and bees book. This one is of a ship accidentally bumping into a whale while it's playing hide and seek with a seal. 
Here's the sketch first up so you can get an idea of how this image began.

And below is the final image, all tucked away and ready for bed.

I'm thinking I might take a break from it for a short bit and put some work into the other book which has been neglected for a while now. A fresh head on it I hope will make the difference and allow me to really get ahead on it.

Happy Mothers Day!

Apparently it's mothers day very soon so in the interests of all those who have `complicated' relations with their mother, here's an updated version of a picture I did a few years ago from my alien species, `Critterz' series, and some of the original sketches on paper I used to work from.


My Drawing process

I draw out a very, very rough lot of shapes first off to see how the image is positioned. Sometimes this helps to clarify an idea I have. Working digitally now means I can sketch in elements and apply them where I want later. 

I'm still getting used to drawing conceptually on the Wacom tablet. Really it's much easier to draw (conceptually) on a one but there's a sort of mental hurdle to get over as much as I try to deny it.  I'm just used to paper. It's ridiculous I know, but there really is a mental divide I've noticed between those of us who are relatively late to computers verses younger people who have grown up with them.

I really wish I could `cntrl - Z' my mistakes on paper rather than using the eraser, now that would be cool.

The original `Red' version where I think I went a bit overboard on making it too alien.

The original `Red' version where I think I went a bit overboard on making it too alien.

Final version...

After mulling it over I decided the original colour scheme was a bit too intense for an image about nurturing and motherhood. My ideas on what was `alien' got in the way of seeing the image for what it really was - and so, softer colours that I still hope, portray a sense of the alien as well.

And here's the final, rendered image. Updated with some colour tweeks.

And here's the final, rendered image. Updated with some colour tweeks.

Mr Shiny enters mid-stage.

Here's the first image completed from my children's picture book I've been planning for, well, bloody years now, `Mr Shiny has stories: How Prawns and Bee's became best friends'.   I'm trying to get it done between Critter pics, of which I've a new one stewing in my scone, just working out the details.

I've a bit of a quandary though and I'd love some feedback on this. I want to sell this, when it's all done, from Amazon and the Apple iBook Store, (and print too hopefully) them being all international and such like, should I call it How Shrimp and Bees's became best friends?  Because I think it's only us and the poms who call them prawns. Though I may be wrong. It might be just an Aussie thing.

I'm looking forward to hearing your opinions. 

A new Critter for the collection

Here's a new `Critter' image for the slowly growing collection.

And boy is it slow. Life has a way of getting in the way of plans. I had hoped to have enough images by mid year to begin selling at the markets here in Newcastle. Doing two versions of the one image slowed me down a bit. My `Artistic' advisor suggested I try selling sketches of my work as she felt they had more `life' and `energy'. We argued. I said `let me do both and do a feedback test on Facebook'.
She won.  (She always does).

So here's the first official one in my new style, and I'll get to work on some more. 

Critters - Gamble