I've got these characters in my head, you see. They're just waiting for me to put pen to paper so they can run free! Some only want to be seen, but others have stories to tell. I have an idea! I'll set them loose in a blog, and all will be well!
Progress is being made on the book illustration project. This is a 2 page spread. It's rendered entirely in colored pencil. Originally I was going to outline e/g with black Copic pen, but decided it looked to cartoonish. I wish I was a better photographer, but I hope you get the idea. There are several touches of pure fantasy. For instance the alligator's skin; I knew I wanted to do s/g totally unexpected with it and somehow the floral pattern just sprang into being. I find it oddly appropriate. It's hard to tell from the photo, but the background is a a blend of swarms of butterflies, little green flying critters, flowers, leaves and vines. I wanted it to be interesting but not overwhelming, so I blended it all with a cream pencil as well as a blender.