Friday, November 4, 2011

Illustration Friday: STRIPES

I love incorporating patterns into my illustrations! Polka dots, stripes, and plaids have been sort of a trademark of my work. A few years ago I wrote and illustrated a children's picture book, and went pretty wild on the wardrobe patterns of the characters. When I sent it proudly to an agent friend of mine to critique she pointed out to me that because of all these details it was too busy, and therefore difficult to focus on. After looking at it with fresh eyes I saw what she was talking about. I ended up ditching some of the characters, and toning down the dress. Here are the before and after illustrations. . . as you can see, I took out some, but gave the main character his stripes! There's something about those lines that I just can't resist....
Before



After

7 comments:

Creative Chai said...

Beautiful illustration, i love the way they're all clumped together!

Sarah said...

This illustration is wonderful and so well done!! Cute characters :)

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

Very cute...and stripes well done!!

Melissa Mackie said...

A wonderful and expressive illustration. Great characters.

caela said...

Great collection of character :) I lke your style :D

k.h.whitaker said...

very cute :)

Indigene said...

I just love, love your characters! :)