One of the things about illustrating most picture-books and also packaging and editorial/advertising projects is agreeing to those pesky non disclosure agreements, where you promise not to show your "work in progress" prior to publication.....so, if the projects involve 16 paintings and a L O N G period of time, a hapless illustrator is busy busy busy but can't play and show and tell.
So, how nice to have other projects at the same time to share!
Here are the drawings for two Pet Portraits that I am currently working on.
This portrait is for a woman in Australia, and shows her brother and herself as they were as children, with the the two Staffordshire Terriers she has now.....this was one of the most challenging drawings I've ever done for a portrait, as the heads, the bodies, the clothing all came from separate photos so it was like putting together a puzzle! Hooray,on to painting.
This one is the sketch for a portrait of Duffy, A Most Wonderful English Sheepdog who really rides along with his Person in the sidecar of the Person's motorcycle! It is a delight to see them traveling like this on the road! I have taken the liberty of enlarging Duffy a bit here but he really does wear goggles!
On to painting this one, too!
Stretched watercolor paper is dry, so now on to applying frisket,"Cool Blue Artist's Masking Fluid" isolating the figures so I can slosh paint onto the backgrounds....that's always the next step.
I'll post these again when they're further along.