The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants | Underpainting …8 hours later

By heather at 7:34 pm on Thursday, June 7, 2007

potty training story boys children illustration storybook

Yesterday I worked for eight hours straight on these illustrations for Elizabeth Austinís childrenís book, The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants. I was really surprised with how quickly they came together since the last sitting… I think the reason for the huge increase in speed is I’ve warmed up and got used to the acrylics again, as well as I focused entirely on the backgrounds. My ‘plan’ is to get the backgrounds & bodies just right, and save the portraits & skin tones to the end and take my time on those.

potty training story boys children illustration storybook

potty training story boys children illustration storybook

potty training story boys children illustration storybook

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Little Land | Little Bird pencil & digital colour illustrations

By heather at 7:26 pm on Wednesday, June 6, 2007

little land little bird illustration digital pencil

The illustrations for The James Family’s “Little Land Adventures : Book 1” are coming along quickly. I’ve just completed the illustrations for the first story in the book about Little Bird. Working with pencil (in black & white) again has been pretty relaxing, as I can mainly focus on shading & tones without thinking of colour. (To see how I apply colour digitally to pencil illustrations, check out this previous post.) I’m working on the next story in the book, Little Lizard, will post soon!

little land little bird illustration digital pencil (Read on …)

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The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants | Underpainting 2

By heather at 7:15 pm on Tuesday, June 5, 2007

stinky underpants illustration acrylic

Things are ticking along with the illustrations for Elizabeth Austinís childrenís book, The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants.† I’m still in the acrylic underpainting stage… the illustration above is on its second sitting, so things are moving along well in acrylic. In this second stage of the acrylic underpainting, I’m focusing more on tightening up the details and getting everything looking “right.” The illustration in places is a little flat, but that’s because I’m going to add the ‘light’ in oils at the very end once everything is looking right in the acrylic first.

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Quick Top 10 Illustrations by Heather Castles

By heather at 5:59 am on Friday, June 1, 2007

It’s pretty hard to sum up everything I can do with ten illustrations, but here they are… (Read on …)

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