There are four more acorn pictures to do, but Korin went for holiday now, no hurry. And it’s big time to do something about little dancers story. The story is beautiful, simple and heart touching. I’d better set to work, it won’t be easy to illustrate the text as good as it deserves it… Well, today I have tried Number One. It’s a bit tricky, because it’s about watching little dancers (cells) under a microscope. No way to keep right scale in this picture!
The huge crow is coming… this is first drawing I have made for myself for a long time (or rather it’s central part of it). Not much time for random ideas now, the acorn story is not finished yet, and the one about little dancers is about to start. So, this is an effect of lazy sketching in bed, last half an hour of the day, when I don’t feel like doing anything clever and demanding. I’ve chosen gray paper, because I’m going to color it one day and I hope darker background will help to get dusk effect. But this must wait a while, coloring pictures in the bed has very bad effect on bed cloth. It’s worse then eating in bed. Still, it’s better then when Lori feels cold and lonely and crawls into the bed, hoping her master will not notice… Of course it happens rare. Lori knows it may provoke my husband to force her away to the garden (biggest disaster in pointer’s live; she hates the kennel!) so she does it only when there’s a good reason. For example, when some mad people outside play with fireworks. Or when she’s ill. Or when she was just about to have puppies and she got in panic; Lori understands puppies when they are outside, but she doesn’t accept the process of giving birth. It was hard night for all of us, you can belive me. And imagine what the bed looked like! No, better not. Don’t imagine.
“Eventually the acorn grew to be as big as the tall leafy trees she lived next to…” (This is a girl-acorn). The fat tree is her Dad. Beams of light are added in Overlay mode. It would be hard to make them in watercolor, in Photoshop it’s five seconds. With other things, it’s just the other way round; many are much easier when working on a piece of paper. One day the topic will be lectured in art schools, I guess. Now it’s impossible, traditional artists despise computer edition and computer lovers hate paper; it ‘s all about emotions, not reason.
Young oak is growing and thinking about future. Please remember in this particular book being a book is considered to be bright future. I still have mixed feelings about it; I don’t mind books, but I strongly prefer to be a reader!
One more! These postcard size drawings are quite funny to do.
A little break for something silly… This is a very small drawing, postcard size.
I’ve made a big jump; this is the last illustration in “Acorn” series, when the tree is already a book. The content of the pages is added digitally, sure. Who could draw it by hand… The girl is watching herself – “picture in the picture” case – but this will be hardly noticable even in bigger scale.